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Cetyl Alcohol

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

1-HEXADECANOL, CETANOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, HEXADECAN-1-OL, N-HEXADECYL ALCOHOL, and PALMITYL ALCOHOL

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Cetyl alcohol is a long chain organic alcohol; according to the PETA's Caring Consumer guide, this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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moisturizer900 products
conditioner875 products
facial moisturizer/treatment495 products
hair treatment/serum212 products
hand cream208 products
hair color and bleaching189 products
daily use with SPF155 products
mask153 products
lipstick150 products
shampoo146 products
exfoliant/scrub131 products
recreational sunscreen131 products
hair styling aide122 products
around-eye cream99 products
facial cleanser89 products
body firming lotion86 products
baby lotion80 products
mascara77 products
concealer75 products
foundation72 products
lip balm62 products
antiperspirant/deodorant40 products
serums & essences35 products
anti-aging33 products
foot moisturizer33 products
styling gel/lotion32 products
baby sunscreen31 products
lip balm with SPF27 products
body wash/cleanser23 products
beard care21 products
after sun product20 products
shaving cream20 products
hair-loss treatment20 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)19 products
detangler18 products
eye shadow16 products
makeup primer15 products
after shave14 products
BB cream13 products
sunless tanning12 products
lip liner12 products
lip gloss12 products
eye liner12 products
blush12 products
12 products
muscle/joint soreness9 products
bar soap9 products
shaving cream (men's)9 products
brow liner9 products
CC cream8 products
makeup remover6 products
damaged skin treatment5 products
baby shampoo4 products
styling mousse/foam4 products
hair relaxer4 products
bronzer/highlighter4 products
fragrance for men4 products
cuticle treatment3 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
toners/astringents3 products
baby oil3 products
oil controller2 products
diaper cream2 products
foot cleansing2 products
baby soap2 products
nail treatment2 products
beard cleanser2 products
hair spray1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
facial powder1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
beard oil1 products
glitter1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
740 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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