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Lauryl Lactate

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

2-HYDROXY- DODECYL ESTER PROPANOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXYPROPANOIC ACID, DODECYL ESTER, DODECYL 2-HYDROXYPROPANOATE, DODECYL ESTER 2-HYDROXYPROPANOIC ACID, DODECYL ESTER LACTIC ACID, DODECYL ESTER PROPANOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, DODECYL LACTATE, LACTIC ACID, DODECYL ESTER, LAURYL LACTATE, PROPANOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, DODECYL ESTER, and PROPANOIC ACID, 2HYDROXY, DODECYL ESTER

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Lauryl Lactate is an ester of lauryl alcohol and lactic acid.

Common concerns

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  • 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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body wash/cleanser14 products
recreational sunscreen13 products
facial moisturizer/treatment9 products
shampoo6 products
daily use with SPF6 products
hand sanitizer5 products
liquid hand soap4 products
baby sunscreen3 products
facial cleanser3 products
mask2 products
moisturizer2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
bar soap1 products
serums & essences1 products
BB cream1 products
shaving cream1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
conditioner1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
foot moisturizer1 products

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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – scientific review cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsEWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
5 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.
  • EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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Hazard score

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