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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.
  • 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, and TETRAETHYLENE GLYCOL DODECYL ETHER

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 Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo118 products
body wash/cleanser88 products
foundation76 products
liquid hand soap66 products
facial moisturizer/treatment26 products
hair color and bleaching23 products
bronzer/highlighter21 products
blush21 products
conditioner21 products
facial cleanser18 products
hair treatment/serum15 products
eye shadow15 products
serums & essences14 products
styling mousse/foam13 products
moisturizer13 products
concealer13 products
bubble bath12 products
glitter10 products
exfoliant/scrub10 products
lipstick8 products
styling gel/lotion6 products
hair styling aide6 products
around-eye cream6 products
hair spray5 products
baby shampoo5 products
sunless tanning5 products
daily use with SPF5 products
mask4 products
hand cream4 products
baby soap3 products
3 products
after shave3 products
anti-aging3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
beard cleanser2 products
detangler2 products
toners/astringents2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
mascara2 products
baby bubble bath2 products
oil controller1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
recreational sunscreen1 products
vapor rubs1 products
makeup primer1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 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

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.
  • 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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