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Ethylhexyl Palmitate

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

SYNONYMS

2-ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER HEXADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER PALMITIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL HEXADECANOATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ALKYL (14,16,18) 2-ETHYL HEXANOATE, ELFACOS EHP, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, HEXADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, HEXADECANOIC ACID, 2ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, OCTYL PALMITATE, and PALMITIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Ethylhexyl Palmitate is an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic 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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lipstick679 products
foundation609 products
lip gloss466 products
eye shadow270 products
lip balm250 products
bronzer/highlighter201 products
blush192 products
concealer130 products
moisturizer124 products
brow liner124 products
facial moisturizer/treatment102 products
lip plumper99 products
recreational sunscreen67 products
lip liner65 products
eye liner58 products
facial powder53 products
nail polish39 products
makeup primer36 products
daily use with SPF35 products
mask34 products
hand cream29 products
facial cleanser26 products
makeup remover26 products
exfoliant/scrub22 products
lip balm with SPF21 products
setting powder/spray20 products
around-eye cream19 products
serums & essences18 products
BB cream18 products
16 products
baby sunscreen14 products
conditioner13 products
body firming lotion10 products
glitter10 products
hair styling aide10 products
anti-aging9 products
body oil9 products
hair treatment/serum8 products
beard care8 products
bath oil/salts/soak7 products
foot moisturizer6 products
cuticle treatment5 products
after shave5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant5 products
after sun product4 products
styling gel/lotion4 products
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hand sanitizer4 products
CC cream4 products
fragrance for men4 products
tanning oil3 products
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hair color and bleaching3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
toners/astringents2 products
foot cleansing2 products
shaving cream2 products
beard oil2 products
hair removal waxes1 products
body spray1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
other eye makeup1 products
hair spray1 products
mascara1 products
fragrance for women1 products
foot odor control1 products
shampoo1 products
body powder1 products
baby wipes1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
9 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.

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