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Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

12-HYDROXY- 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER OCTADECANOIC ACID, 12-HYDROXYOCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 12-HYDROXYOCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER OCTADECANOIC ACID, 12-HYDROXY-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL OXYSTEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE, and OCTYL HYDROXYSTEARATE

A synthetic skin conditioning agent based on stearic 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

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick56 products
lip gloss31 products
concealer26 products
mask11 products
lip plumper7 products
styling gel/lotion7 products
BB cream6 products
facial moisturizer/treatment4 products
hair treatment/serum4 products
shampoo4 products
daily use with SPF3 products
eye shadow3 products
hair color and bleaching3 products
serums & essences3 products
anti-aging2 products
around-eye cream2 products
hand cream1 products
lip balm1 products
makeup remover1 products
1 products
conditioner1 products
moisturizer1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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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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

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