- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem
Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
SYNONYMS1,3-HEXANEDIOL, 2-ETHYL-, 2-ETHYL- 1,3-HEXANEDIOL, 2-ETHYL-1,3-HEXANEDIOL, ETHOHEXADIOL, ETHYL HEXANEDIOL, and OCTYLENE GLYCOL
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Ethyl Hexanediol is an aliphatic alcohol.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|daily use with SPF||22 products|
|CC cream||22 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||9 products|
|serums & essences||6 products|
|facial cleanser||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||3 products|
|liquid hand soap||3 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|pore strips||1 products|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Classified as irritant||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Limited evidence of eye toxicity||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||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|
|31 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||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|
- CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
- EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- 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.
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