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Laureth 4

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
  • Products with this ingredient are allowed for use in EWG VERIFIED but must meet use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.

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Other Concerns

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

SYNONYMS

● 3,6,9,12-TETRAOXATETRACOSAN-1-OL
● LAURETH-4
● LAURYL ALCOHOL TRI(OXYETHYLENE) ETHANOL
● PEG-4 LAURYL ETHER
● POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 200 LAURYL ETHER
● POLYOXYETHYLENE (4) LAURYL ETHER
● TETRAETHYLENE GLYCOL DODECYL ETHER

Restricted

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


Laureth-4 is a synthetic polymer composed of lauryl alcohol and PEG (polyethylene glycol). Due to the presence of PEG, this ingredient may contain potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

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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shampoo157 products
foundation75 products
body wash/cleanser68 products
liquid hand soap50 products
moisturizer36 products
lipstick35 products
bronzer/highlighter28 products
hair color and bleaching25 products
conditioner25 products
daily use with SPF24 products
blush23 products
styling mousse/foam21 products
facial moisturizer/treatment20 products
facial cleanser18 products
hair treatment/serum16 products
hair spray14 products
eye shadow13 products
concealer13 products
glitter12 products
serums & essences12 products
hair styling aide11 products
styling gel/lotion11 products
around-eye cream8 products
setting powder/spray7 products
bubble bath7 products
antiperspirant/deodorant6 products
exfoliant/scrub6 products
hand cream5 products
sunless tanning4 products
bath oil/salts/soak3 products
detangler3 products
baby shampoo3 products
toners/astringents3 products
baby soap2 products
mascara2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
after shave2 products
lip balm1 products
baby lotion1 products
body oil1 products
beard care1 products
fragrance for men1 products
lip gloss1 products
beard cleanser1 products
anti-aging1 products
1 products
mask1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
nail treatment1 products
bar soap1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
beard oil1 products
hair relaxer1 products
fragrance for women1 products

Contamination concerns

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Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
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 - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Safety assessment was based on related chemicalCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
40 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
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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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