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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, and PALMITYL PALMITATE

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 Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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facial moisturizer/treatment52 products
moisturizer45 products
makeup remover29 products
eye liner28 products
recreational sunscreen22 products
facial cleanser19 products
mask14 products
hand cream13 products
daily use with SPF13 products
bronzer/highlighter11 products
mascara11 products
hair treatment/serum11 products
eye shadow10 products
lip balm10 products
foundation9 products
around-eye cream9 products
conditioner8 products
lip liner6 products
baby lotion6 products
nail treatment6 products
body firming lotion6 products
lip balm with SPF5 products
BB cream5 products
serums & essences4 products
baby wipes4 products
brow liner4 products
exfoliant/scrub4 products
lipstick3 products
concealer3 products
muscle/joint soreness3 products
makeup primer2 products
2 products
hair styling aide2 products
blush2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
after sun product2 products
anti-aging2 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
facial powder1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
body spray1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
hand sanitizer1 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

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment 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
74 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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

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
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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Data availability

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