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Data: Fair

Hydroxyethylcellulose

Other Concerns


SYNONYMS

2-HYDROXYETHYL ETHER CELLULOSE, CELLULOSE HYDROXYETHYLATE, CELLULOSE, 2-HYDROXYETHYL ETHER, CELLULOSE, 2HYDROXYETHYL ETHER, H. E. CELLULOSE, and HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE

Hydroxyethylcellulose is a modified cellulose polymer; used as a gelling and thickening agent.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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mascara241 products
mask213 products
conditioner170 products
serums & essences138 products
foundation103 products
hair treatment/serum103 products
facial moisturizer/treatment72 products
moisturizer72 products
hair styling aide63 products
shaving cream55 products
hair color and bleaching44 products
shampoo38 products
facial cleanser37 products
styling gel/lotion35 products
around-eye cream27 products
liquid hand soap26 products
exfoliant/scrub25 products
body wash/cleanser24 products
brow liner23 products
shaving cream (men's)21 products
hand cream18 products
eye liner17 products
daily use with SPF16 products
antiperspirant/deodorant12 products
toners/astringents11 products
makeup primer10 products
anti-aging10 products
concealer9 products
9 products
facial powder9 products
foot cleansing8 products
detangler7 products
glitter6 products
body firming lotion6 products
other eye makeup6 products
hand sanitizer6 products
recreational sunscreen6 products
hair-loss treatment6 products
foot moisturizer5 products
BB cream5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)4 products
eye makeup remover3 products
toothpaste3 products
makeup remover3 products
styling mousse/foam3 products
after sun product3 products
beard care3 products
muscle/joint soreness2 products
baby lotion2 products
nail treatment2 products
beard cleanser2 products
mouthwash2 products
after shave2 products
baby toothpaste1 products
lip plumper1 products
bubble bath1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
bar soap1 products
body oil1 products
oil controller1 products
baby soap1 products
pore strips1 products
hair spray1 products
setting powder/spray1 products

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
2627 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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

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

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
  • 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

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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