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Ethylhexyl Stearate

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Other Concerns

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

SYNONYMS

2-ETHYLHEXYL 9-OCTADECANOATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 9-OCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER OCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER STEARIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL OCTADECANOATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, 9-OCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, OCTADECANOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, OCTADECANOIC ACID, 2ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, OCTYL STEARATE, and STEARIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER

Ethylhexyl Stearate is an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and stearic acid.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • 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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lipstick80 products
recreational sunscreen45 products
foundation31 products
facial moisturizer/treatment23 products
moisturizer22 products
bronzer/highlighter18 products
daily use with SPF15 products
eye shadow11 products
body firming lotion8 products
brow liner5 products
mask5 products
BB cream4 products
styling gel/lotion4 products
hair styling aide4 products
around-eye cream4 products
blush3 products
lip balm3 products
glitter3 products
baby sunscreen2 products
makeup primer2 products
body oil2 products
makeup remover2 products
concealer2 products
facial powder2 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
anti-aging1 products
1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
after shave1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
facial cleanser1 products
depilatory1 products
serums & essences1 products
hair treatment/serum1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
hand cream1 products
shaving cream1 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
Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry reviewCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
5 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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Hazard score

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