Other ConcernsMultiple, additive exposure sources (low)
SYNONYMS1,2-ETHANEDIYL ESTER OCTADECANOIC ACID, ETHYLENE DIOCTADECANOATE, ETHYLENE DISTEARATE, ETHYLENE ESTER STEARIC ACID, ETHYLENE GLYCOL DISTEARATE, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, OCTADECANOIC ACID, 1,2-ETHANEDIYL ESTER, OCTADECANOIC ACID, 1,2ETHANEDIYL ESTER, and STEARIC ACID, ETHYLENE ESTER
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Glycol distearate is a compound based on stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|body wash/cleanser||253 products|
|liquid hand soap||94 products|
|facial cleanser||64 products|
|hair color and bleaching||59 products|
|bubble bath||29 products|
|shaving cream||17 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||13 products|
|hair treatment/serum||10 products|
|baby shampoo||9 products|
|baby soap||8 products|
|beard cleanser||6 products|
|hair styling aide||4 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||4 products|
|around-eye cream||3 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||2 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||2 products|
|foot cleansing||1 products|
|oil controller||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|recreational sunscreen||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|baby bubble bath||1 products|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|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 product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|16 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- 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.
- 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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