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Data: Fair

Hexylene Glycol

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

1,1,3-TRIMETHYLTRIMETHYLENEDIOL, 2,4-DIHYDROXY-2-METHYLPENTANE, 2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYL-, 2,4PENTANEDIOL, 2METHYL, 2-METHYL- 2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYL-2,4-PENTANDIOL, 2-METHYL-2,4-PENTANEDIOL, 2-METHYLPENTANE-2,4-DIOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GYCOL, and MPD

Hexylene glycol is a small molecular weight surfactant.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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foundation569 products
eye shadow259 products
concealer252 products
bronzer/highlighter147 products
facial moisturizer/treatment138 products
shampoo136 products
lipstick127 products
mask100 products
blush97 products
facial cleanser93 products
brow liner88 products
lip gloss85 products
moisturizer78 products
conditioner72 products
serums & essences71 products
daily use with SPF70 products
makeup remover67 products
eye liner64 products
facial powder62 products
mascara61 products
setting powder/spray60 products
makeup primer51 products
exfoliant/scrub48 products
body wash/cleanser39 products
sunless tanning34 products
hair color and bleaching32 products
toners/astringents29 products
hair styling aide28 products
hair treatment/serum27 products
lip balm26 products
around-eye cream23 products
body oil22 products
lip liner19 products
recreational sunscreen18 products
glitter17 products
lip plumper14 products
body firming lotion14 products
13 products
eye makeup remover13 products
BB cream12 products
shaving cream11 products
body powder10 products
hand cream9 products
styling gel/lotion9 products
bubble bath8 products
anti-aging5 products
body spray5 products
after shave5 products
oil controller4 products
foot moisturizer4 products
styling mousse/foam4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant4 products
liquid hand soap4 products
tanning oil3 products
after sun product3 products
beard care3 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
nail polish2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
detangler2 products
beard cleanser2 products
muscle/joint soreness2 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
beard oil1 products
baby oil1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
baby lotion1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
hair spray1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergiesNational Library of Medicine HazMap

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
2457 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

Neurotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
nervous system - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed/unreview: published lit review or major tox studyNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Ecotoxicology

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

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
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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