Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low)
SYNONYMSDODECANOIC ACID, HEXYL ESTER, HEXYL ESTER DODECANOIC ACID, and HEXYL LAURATE
This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
Hexyl laurate is composed of hexyl alcohol and lauric acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|daily use with SPF||69 products|
|CC cream||59 products|
|recreational sunscreen||43 products|
|BB cream||37 products|
|makeup primer||15 products|
|baby sunscreen||10 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||8 products|
|lip balm||4 products|
|serums & essences||4 products|
|eye shadow||4 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|lip liner||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
|facial cleanser||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|other eye makeup||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|lip gloss||1 products|
|baby oil||1 products|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|4 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
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|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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