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Laureth 7

  • This ingredient's score is higher if used in products that may not meet industry safety guidelines or U.S. and international government requirements and may have contamination concerns from toxic impurities. The score will be lower if used in products that do meet these safety guidelines and requirements and EWG’s contamination restrictions.

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Other Concerns

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

SYNONYMS

● 3,6,9,12,15,18,21-HEPTAOXATRITRIACONTAN-1-OL
● 3,6,9,12,15,18,21-HEPTAOXATRITRIACONTANOL
● HEPTAETHYLENEGLYCOL DODECYLETHER
● HYPTAETHYLENE GLYCOL DODECYL ETHER
● LAURETH-7
● LAURYL ALCOHOL HEXA(OXYETHYLENE) ETHANOL
● PEG-7 LAURYL ETHER
● POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (7) LAURYL ETHER
● POLYOXYETHYLENE (7) LAURYL ETHER

Restricted

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


Laureth-7 is a polyethylene glycol-based surfactant; may contain potentially toxic 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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facial moisturizer/treatment111 products
foundation83 products
concealer75 products
eye shadow48 products
brow liner46 products
daily use with SPF44 products
bronzer/highlighter37 products
serums & essences32 products
moisturizer29 products
around-eye cream25 products
hair treatment/serum25 products
hair styling aide22 products
21 products
mask17 products
styling gel/lotion14 products
hand cream9 products
sunless tanning8 products
anti-aging8 products
body firming lotion7 products
makeup primer7 products
facial cleanser6 products
blush4 products
recreational sunscreen4 products
after shave4 products
shampoo4 products
conditioner4 products
BB cream3 products
facial powder3 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
cuticle treatment3 products
hair spray2 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
tanning oil2 products
body oil2 products
shaving cream1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
baby oil1 products
pore strips1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
toners/astringents1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products

Contamination concerns

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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

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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