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Data: Limited

Cetyl Esters

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

CETYL ESTERS, SPERMACETI WAX; SPERMACETI WAX, REFINED, and SYNTHETIC SPERMACETI WAX

This ingredient is a synthetic wax.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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conditioner130 products
moisturizer57 products
hair treatment/serum47 products
foundation46 products
mask24 products
hair color and bleaching20 products
lip balm with SPF16 products
facial moisturizer/treatment15 products
recreational sunscreen11 products
around-eye cream11 products
hair styling aide10 products
body firming lotion6 products
foot moisturizer5 products
exfoliant/scrub5 products
daily use with SPF4 products
body wash/cleanser4 products
styling gel/lotion4 products
lip balm4 products
bronzer/highlighter3 products
serums & essences3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
beard care3 products
baby sunscreen3 products
detangler3 products
2 products
facial cleanser2 products
sunless tanning2 products
BB cream2 products
hand cream1 products
shampoo1 products
mascara1 products
glitter1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
8 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

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.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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