- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), and Contamination concerns (high)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
This ingredient is a synthetic polymer based on quaternary ammonium compounds.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|body wash/cleanser||279 products|
|liquid hand soap||134 products|
|facial cleanser||65 products|
|hair treatment/serum||43 products|
|hair styling aide||31 products|
|bubble bath||28 products|
|styling gel/lotion||16 products|
|styling mousse/foam||10 products|
|beard cleanser||10 products|
|shaving cream||7 products|
|baby soap||4 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||4 products|
|makeup remover||3 products|
|hair spray||2 products|
|hair relaxer||2 products|
|beard care||2 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||2 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||2 products|
|makeup primer||1 products|
|nail glue||1 products|
|bar soap||1 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||1 products|
|body oil||1 products|
|baby shampoo||1 products|
|hand sanitizer||1 products|
|Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||CosIng|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative||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|
|3 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|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
- 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.
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