This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
Sorbitan Oleate is a monoester of oleic acid and hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|hair color and bleaching||116 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||62 products|
|recreational sunscreen||47 products|
|hair treatment/serum||44 products|
|eye shadow||29 products|
|lip balm||28 products|
|bar soap||27 products|
|daily use with SPF||25 products|
|hair styling aide||19 products|
|serums & essences||17 products|
|nail polish||15 products|
|facial cleanser||14 products|
|lip liner||14 products|
|around-eye cream||14 products|
|lip gloss||13 products|
|styling gel/lotion||11 products|
|eye liner||9 products|
|baby sunscreen||8 products|
|brow liner||8 products|
|makeup primer||7 products|
|hand cream||5 products|
|lip balm with SPF||5 products|
|BB cream||5 products|
|makeup remover||4 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|hair spray||3 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||3 products|
|body oil||3 products|
|shaving cream||2 products|
|nail treatment||2 products|
|beard oil||2 products|
|sunless tanning||2 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|facial powder||1 products|
|baby wipes||1 products|
|hand sanitizer||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|foot moisturizer||1 products|
|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|
|404 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|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as a low human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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