Other ConcernsEnhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high), and Occupational hazards (moderate)
SYNONYMS1-METHYLETHANOL, 2-HYDROXYPROPANE, 2-PROPANOL, 2PROPANOL, ISOPROPANOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PROPAN-2-OL, and SEC-PROPYL ALCOHOL
This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
Isopropyl alcohol is a common solvent.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|nail polish||852 products|
|hair color and bleaching||174 products|
|hair treatment/serum||81 products|
|hand sanitizer||76 products|
|hair styling aide||32 products|
|nail treatment||30 products|
|lip gloss||29 products|
|facial cleanser||10 products|
|styling gel/lotion||8 products|
|after sun product||7 products|
|body wash/cleanser||7 products|
|serums & essences||6 products|
|polish remover||6 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||6 products|
|nail glue||5 products|
|foot cleansing||4 products|
|foot moisturizer||4 products|
|body oil||4 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||3 products|
|hair spray||3 products|
|makeup primer||3 products|
|around-eye cream||3 products|
|body firming lotion||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|beard cleanser||2 products|
|hair-loss treatment||2 products|
|beard care||2 products|
|eye liner||2 products|
|liquid hand soap||2 products|
|hand cream||2 products|
|brow liner||1 products|
|daily use with SPF||1 products|
|lip balm||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Penetration enhancer||Open scientific literature|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Classified as any irritant||Open scientific literature|
|Moderate evidence of occupational hazards||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of occupational hazards||Open scientific literature|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as medium human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as toxic or harmful.||Open scientific literature|
|One or more animal studies show classified as toxic effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)||EPA Toxic Release Inventory PBTs|
|Associated with any toxicity||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|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|
|112675 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Occupational hazards related to handling||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Int'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|nervous system - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed/unreview: published lit review or major tox study||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1999. Toxics Release Inventory Program. PBT Chemical Rule.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
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