Peg 40 Stearate
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Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMSMACROGOL STEARATE 2000, PEG-40 STEARATE, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 2000 MONOSTEARATE, POLYOXYETHYLENE (40) MONOSTEARATE, POLYOXYL 40 STEARATE, and STEARETHATE 40
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
PEG-40 stearate is a synthetic polymer composed of PEG (polyethylene glycol) and stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. Due to the presence of PEG, this ingredient may contain potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||26 products|
|daily use with SPF||19 products|
|BB cream||13 products|
|facial cleanser||9 products|
|hand cream||9 products|
|makeup primer||8 products|
|around-eye cream||7 products|
|eye liner||6 products|
|hair styling aide||4 products|
|serums & essences||4 products|
|body firming lotion||4 products|
|foot moisturizer||3 products|
|hair color and bleaching||3 products|
|recreational sunscreen||2 products|
|eye shadow||2 products|
|nail treatment||2 products|
|damaged skin treatment||2 products|
|styling gel/lotion||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|body wash/cleanser||1 products|
|hair treatment/serum||1 products|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Limited evidence of sense organ toxicity||Scorecard.org Toxicity Information|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Safety assessment was based on related chemical||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|38 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- 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.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
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