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Data: Limited

Peg 8

  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity restrictions based on EWG review of company data.

Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

OCTAETHYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-8, and POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400

Restricted

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


The term "PEG" (polyethylene glycol) is used for synthetic polymers of ethylene oxide; these polymers may be contamated with 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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bath oil/salts/soak180 products
toothpaste42 products
tooth whitening41 products
body wash/cleanser37 products
recreational sunscreen32 products
foundation31 products
mask27 products
facial moisturizer/treatment25 products
antiperspirant/deodorant23 products
serums & essences20 products
lip balm with SPF19 products
facial cleanser19 products
hair color and bleaching18 products
concealer17 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)16 products
eye liner16 products
baby sunscreen14 products
bar soap13 products
moisturizer12 products
around-eye cream11 products
hair styling aide10 products
exfoliant/scrub10 products
conditioner9 products
shampoo7 products
daily use with SPF6 products
hair treatment/serum4 products
facial powder4 products
hand cream4 products
makeup primer3 products
blush3 products
bubble bath3 products
toners/astringents3 products
foot moisturizer2 products
BB cream2 products
lip balm2 products
liquid hand soap2 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
shaving cream2 products
nail treatment2 products
baby lotion2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
anti-aging2 products
1 products
sunless tanning1 products
tanning oil1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
body oil1 products
baby toothpaste1 products
lipstick1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
hair spray1 products
mascara1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
makeup remover1 products

Contamination concerns

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Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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 productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
762 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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • 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.

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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