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Data: Limited

Ethylhexylglycerin

Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

1,2-PROPANEDIOL, 3-((2-ETHYLHEXYL)OXY)-, 3-((2-ETHYLHEXYL)OXY)- 1,2-PROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYGLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, and OCTOXYGLYCERIN

Ethylhexylglycerin is a glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent.

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

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  • DATA SOURCES

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Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Possible human any irritantOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any irritation at low dosesOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any irritation at moderate dosesOpen scientific literature

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of eye toxicityCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
One or more animal studies show any effects at low dosesOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more human case studies show possible dermal or allergenic effectsOpen scientific literature
One or more human case studies show equivocal any or allergenic effectsOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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

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
  • 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.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.

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