Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
This lipid ingredient is composed of cetyl alcohol and palmitic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||61 products|
|recreational sunscreen||22 products|
|eye liner||21 products|
|facial cleanser||20 products|
|makeup remover||15 products|
|lip balm||14 products|
|hand cream||14 products|
|around-eye cream||13 products|
|serums & essences||12 products|
|daily use with SPF||11 products|
|eye shadow||10 products|
|hair treatment/serum||10 products|
|lip liner||6 products|
|nail treatment||6 products|
|lip balm with SPF||5 products|
|BB cream||4 products|
|baby lotion||4 products|
|body firming lotion||3 products|
|makeup removing wipes||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||2 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||2 products|
|brow liner||2 products|
|hair styling aide||2 products|
|body wash/cleanser||2 products|
|baby wipes||2 products|
|after sun product||2 products|
|body cleansing wipes||2 products|
|after shave||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|baby sunscreen||1 products|
|makeup primer||1 products|
|cuticle treatment||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|shaving cream||1 products|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|74 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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