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Cetyl Palmitate

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

● CETYL PALMITATE
● HEXADECANOIC ACID, HEXADECYL ESTER
● HEXADECYL ESTER HEXADECANOIC ACID
● HEXADECYL PALMITATE
● N-HEXADECYL HEXADECANOATE
● PALMITYL PALMITATE

Restricted

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.

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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facial moisturizer/treatment66 products
moisturizer42 products
foundation37 products
conditioner23 products
recreational sunscreen22 products
facial cleanser19 products
lip balm16 products
hand cream15 products
concealer14 products
lipstick13 products
around-eye cream13 products
serums & essences13 products
makeup remover12 products
eye liner10 products
mask10 products
eye shadow10 products
hair treatment/serum9 products
daily use with SPF9 products
mascara8 products
blush8 products
lip balm with SPF7 products
bronzer/highlighter7 products
nail treatment6 products
body cleansing wipes5 products
body firming lotion5 products
baby lotion4 products
makeup removing wipes3 products
brow liner2 products
cuticle treatment2 products
baby wipes2 products
after sun product2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
body wash/cleanser2 products
toners/astringents1 products
BB cream1 products
hair styling aide1 products
nail polish1 products
baby sunscreen1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
shampoo1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 products
after shave1 products
makeup primer1 products
anti-aging1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
sunless tanning1 products
shaving cream1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - anyCosmetic 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
74 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

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

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
  • 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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