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Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

DOCUSATE SODIUM, 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER SODIUM SALT BUTANEDIOIC ACID, SULFO-, 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL)SULFOBUTANEDIOATE, SODIUM SALT, BUTANEDIOIC ACID, SULFO, 1,4BIS(2ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SODIUM SALT, BUTANEDIOIC ACID, SULFO-, 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SODIUM SALT, DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL)SULFOSUCCINIC ACID, SODIUM SALT, DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER SODIUM SALT SULFOSUCCINIC ACID, DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE, DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE SOLUTION, DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE, DIOCTYL SODIUM SULFOSUC CINATE, DIOCTYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE, DOCUSATE SODIUM, SODIUM DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) SULFOSUCCINATE, SODIUM DIOCTYL SULFOSUCCINATE, SODIUM SALT 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL)SULFOBUTANEDIOATE, SODIUM SALT BUTANEDIOIC ACID, SULFO-, 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SODIUM SALT SULFOSUCCINIC ACID, DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SULFOSUCCINIC ACID, 1,4-BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SODIUM SALTE, and SULFOSUCCINIC ACID, DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ESTER, SODIUM SALT

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Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate is a sodium salt of the diester of 2-ethylhexyl alcoholand sulfosuccinic acid.

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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mask8 products
eye liner8 products
facial cleanser5 products
brow liner3 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
body wash/cleanser2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
toners/astringents1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 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 priorityOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)EPA Categorized List of Inert Pesticide Ingredients

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
1886 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 toxinOpen scientific literature

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be persistentOpen scientific literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1987 & 2005. Office of Pesticide Programs. Inert (other) Pesticide Ingredients in Pesticide Products - Categorized List of Inert (other) Pesticide Ingredients.
  • 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) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • 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.

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