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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
● PALMITYL ALCOHOL

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep 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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moisturizer961 products
conditioner957 products
facial moisturizer/treatment494 products
hair treatment/serum247 products
hand cream229 products
mask166 products
hair color and bleaching163 products
shampoo160 products
hair styling aide125 products
recreational sunscreen112 products
around-eye cream109 products
exfoliant/scrub108 products
daily use with SPF108 products
facial cleanser97 products
foundation91 products
baby lotion72 products
mascara68 products
lipstick65 products
body firming lotion64 products
lip balm56 products
serums & essences51 products
concealer47 products
styling gel/lotion42 products
antiperspirant/deodorant41 products
brow liner37 products
anti-aging36 products
shaving cream31 products
bar soap29 products
body wash/cleanser26 products
lip gloss26 products
BB cream24 products
foot moisturizer23 products
eye shadow23 products
hair-loss treatment23 products
baby sunscreen23 products
lip balm with SPF20 products
detangler18 products
eye liner17 products
after shave15 products
makeup primer15 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)15 products
shaving cream (men's)15 products
sunless tanning14 products
CC cream14 products
beard care14 products
after sun product13 products
blush11 products
muscle/joint soreness8 products
bronzer/highlighter6 products
cuticle treatment5 products
makeup remover5 products
toners/astringents5 products
damaged skin treatment5 products
5 products
baby shampoo4 products
liquid hand soap4 products
nail treatment4 products
tanning oil4 products
diaper cream3 products
styling mousse/foam3 products
lip liner3 products
hair relaxer3 products
hand sanitizer3 products
baby oil3 products
fragrance for women2 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
nail polish2 products
depilatory1 products
oil controller1 products
foot cleansing1 products
hair spray1 products
baby soap1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
facial powder1 products
body oil1 products
beard cleanser1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
beard oil1 products
glitter1 products
nail glue1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 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

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

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
  • 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.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

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Hazard score

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