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Propylene Carbonate

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

● 1,3-DIOXOLAN-2-ONE, 4-METHYL-
● 1,3DIOXOLAN2ONE, 4METHYL
● 4-METHYL- 1,3-DIOXOLAN-2-ONE
● 4-METHYL-1,3-DIOXOLAN-2-ONE
● CARBONIC ACID CYCLIC METHYLETHYLENE ESTER
● PROPYLENE CARBONATE

Restricted

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


Propylene carbonate is a synthetic solvent.

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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lipstick725 products
foundation658 products
concealer475 products
eye liner197 products
eye shadow190 products
lip gloss171 products
blush127 products
lip liner100 products
CC cream90 products
daily use with SPF89 products
mascara80 products
bronzer/highlighter76 products
brow liner70 products
antiperspirant/deodorant49 products
makeup primer40 products
polish remover40 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)27 products
lip plumper26 products
hair color and bleaching22 products
lip balm21 products
recreational sunscreen17 products
BB cream11 products
serums & essences11 products
facial moisturizer/treatment10 products
exfoliant/scrub9 products
moisturizer8 products
around-eye cream8 products
shampoo6 products
6 products
mask5 products
hair spray5 products
facial powder5 products
setting powder/spray3 products
body powder3 products
body spray3 products
facial cleanser2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
anti-aging2 products
sunless tanning2 products
nail polish2 products
conditioner1 products
body cleansing wipes1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
glitter1 products
makeup remover1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
beard care1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
hair styling aide1 products
nail glue1 products
foot odor control1 products
body firming lotion1 products
other eye makeup1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
372 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

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
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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