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Data: Fair

Laureth 3

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

2-[2-[2-(DODECYLOXY)ETHOXY]ETHOXY]- ETHANOL, 2-[2-[2-(DODECYLOXY)ETHOXY]ETHOXY]ETHANOL, ETHAL 326, ETHANOL, 2-[2-[2-(DODECYLOXY)ETHOXY]ETHOXY]-, LAURETH-3, LAURYL ALCOHOL DI(OXYETHYLENE) ETHANOL, LAURYL TRIGLYCOL ETHER, PEG-3 LAURYL ETHER, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (3) LAURYL ETHER, POLYOXYETHYLENE (3) LAURYL ETHER, and TRIETHYLENE GLYCOL DOD ECYL ETHER

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Laureth-3 is a polyethylene glycol ether of Lauryl Alcohol (q.v.).

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

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Contamination concerns

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Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen 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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
1605 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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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