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Phenethyl Alcohol

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

(2-HYDROXYETHYL)BENZENE, 2-PHENYLETHANOL, BENZENEETHANOL, BENZYL CARBINOL, BETA-PHENYLETHANOL, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, and PHENYL ETHYL ALCOHOL

Phenethyl Alcohol is an aromatic alcohol.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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facial moisturizer/treatment54 products
foundation46 products
shampoo45 products
serums & essences44 products
facial cleanser38 products
conditioner34 products
recreational sunscreen32 products
eye shadow32 products
mask31 products
moisturizer30 products
exfoliant/scrub24 products
daily use with SPF21 products
mascara18 products
around-eye cream17 products
brow liner14 products
hair treatment/serum14 products
body wash/cleanser12 products
lipstick11 products
baby sunscreen10 products
toners/astringents8 products
CC cream7 products
styling gel/lotion7 products
BB cream6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant6 products
liquid hand soap5 products
hair styling aide5 products
hand cream5 products
makeup primer4 products
bar soap4 products
makeup remover4 products
baby shampoo3 products
fragrance for women3 products
fragrance for men3 products
lip gloss3 products
body firming lotion3 products
baby lotion3 products
baby soap3 products
2 products
anti-aging2 products
facial powder2 products
bronzer/highlighter2 products
eye liner2 products
body oil2 products
baby wipes2 products
hair spray2 products
baby bubble bath1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
beard oil1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
after sun product1 products
detangler1 products
blush1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
concealer1 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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Determined safe for use in cosmetics up to a specified concentration limitCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
11456 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not 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
  • 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). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

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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