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Isohexadecane

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Ecotoxicology (low)

SYNONYMS

● 2,2,4,4,6,6,8 HEPTAMETHYLNONANE
● 2,2,4,4,6,8,8-HEPTAMETHYL- NONANE
● 2,2,4,4,6,8,8-HEPTAMETHYLNONANE
● ISOHEXADECANE
● NONANE, 2,2,4,4,6,8,8-HEPTAMETHYL-
● NONANE, 2,2,4,4,6,8,8HEPTAMETHYL

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Isohexadecane is a branched chain hydrocarbon with 16 carbons; it is a component of petroleum; used as a skin-conditioning agent in personal care products.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • 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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foundation213 products
lipstick132 products
facial moisturizer/treatment130 products
moisturizer68 products
recreational sunscreen56 products
daily use with SPF47 products
around-eye cream46 products
conditioner33 products
hand cream33 products
makeup remover31 products
eye shadow30 products
serums & essences28 products
hair treatment/serum27 products
makeup primer25 products
BB cream19 products
blush19 products
facial cleanser19 products
concealer19 products
lip liner18 products
sunless tanning17 products
mask17 products
anti-aging15 products
baby sunscreen13 products
brow liner13 products
bronzer/highlighter12 products
eye liner10 products
lip gloss10 products
body oil10 products
mascara9 products
8 products
hair styling aide6 products
CC cream6 products
hair spray6 products
detangler5 products
eye makeup remover5 products
body firming lotion5 products
body powder4 products
lip balm4 products
styling gel/lotion4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant3 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
after sun product2 products
beard care2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
lip plumper1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
makeup removing wipes1 products
glitter1 products
body spray1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as toxic or harmful.Open scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
34 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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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

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