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Data: Good

Glycerin

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 1,2,3-PROPANETRIOL
● 1,2,3-TRIHYDROXYPROPANE
● 1,2,3PROPANETRIOL
● CONCENTRATED GLYCERIN
● GLYCERIN
● GLYCERINE
● GLYCEROL
● GLYCYL ALCOHOL
● VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Glycerin (also called glycerol) is a naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. Glycerin may be of animal or vegetable origin. This ingredient is listed in the PETA's Caring Consumer guide as a byproduct of soap manufacture which typically uses animal fat.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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moisturizer1839 products
facial moisturizer/treatment1796 products
foundation1532 products
shampoo1470 products
conditioner1428 products
mask1305 products
body wash/cleanser1212 products
facial cleanser1124 products
serums & essences1078 products
concealer917 products
hair treatment/serum686 products
exfoliant/scrub670 products
liquid hand soap651 products
bar soap614 products
hair styling aide555 products
daily use with SPF545 products
around-eye cream539 products
recreational sunscreen535 products
hand cream445 products
toothpaste392 products
toners/astringents364 products
hair color and bleaching298 products
hand sanitizer298 products
mascara270 products
styling gel/lotion251 products
brow liner232 products
eye shadow229 products
lipstick219 products
antiperspirant/deodorant201 products
makeup primer196 products
sunless tanning181 products
CC cream172 products
makeup remover166 products
eye liner158 products
hair spray155 products
BB cream155 products
bronzer/highlighter151 products
baby shampoo145 products
baby lotion144 products
anti-aging142 products
baby wipes141 products
lip gloss138 products
blush132 products
baby soap132 products
shaving cream121 products
mouthwash117 products
bath oil/salts/soak111 products
setting powder/spray110 products
body firming lotion109 products
lip balm106 products
body spray97 products
detangler82 products
baby sunscreen79 products
78 products
bubble bath76 products
after sun product68 products
after shave65 products
tooth whitening64 products
nail polish62 products
shaving cream (men's)60 products
foot moisturizer60 products
styling mousse/foam56 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)46 products
polish remover41 products
body oil39 products
glitter39 products
muscle/joint soreness37 products
beard cleanser35 products
baby bubble bath33 products
baby toothpaste33 products
beard care32 products
skin fading/lightener30 products
damaged skin treatment30 products
diaper cream29 products
body cleansing wipes27 products
facial cleansing wipes24 products
lip plumper23 products
foot cleansing21 products
pore strips20 products
fragrance for women19 products
nail treatment18 products
facial powder17 products
eye makeup remover16 products
hair-loss treatment15 products
eyelash glue15 products
makeup removing wipes15 products
tanning oil14 products
other eye makeup13 products
cuticle treatment10 products
depilatory10 products
foot odor control10 products
nail glue8 products
lip balm with SPF6 products
oil controller4 products
baby oil4 products
hair removal waxes4 products
beard oil4 products
fragrance for men3 products
hair relaxer3 products
vapor rubs1 products
lip liner1 products
body powder1 products
hair perm1 products
exfoliant/scrub - large particle1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Use is restricted in Canadian cosmeticsCanada - Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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
70707 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 - anyOpen scientific literature
  • Health Canada. 2007. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. March 2007.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

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

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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