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Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMSOCTAETHYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-8, and POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400
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.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
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|recreational sunscreen||33 products|
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|hair color and bleaching||19 products|
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|around-eye cream||19 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||18 products|
|eye liner||16 products|
|baby sunscreen||15 products|
|hair styling aide||10 products|
|bar soap||10 products|
|setting powder/spray||8 products|
|daily use with SPF||6 products|
|facial powder||4 products|
|hair treatment/serum||4 products|
|hand cream||4 products|
|makeup primer||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||2 products|
|styling gel/lotion||2 products|
|foot moisturizer||2 products|
|lip balm||2 products|
|BB cream||2 products|
|nail treatment||2 products|
|shaving cream||2 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
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|liquid hand soap||1 products|
|baby toothpaste||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|body oil||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|hair spray||1 products|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Limited evidence of sense organ toxicity||Scorecard.org Toxicity Information|
|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|
|762 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA 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.
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