This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
Sorbitan stearate is a surfactant composed of sweetener sorbitol and stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||65 products|
|daily use with SPF||33 products|
|recreational sunscreen||23 products|
|around-eye cream||19 products|
|hand cream||14 products|
|eye shadow||10 products|
|BB cream||10 products|
|facial cleanser||9 products|
|serums & essences||9 products|
|hair styling aide||8 products|
|brow liner||8 products|
|eye liner||8 products|
|hair treatment/serum||8 products|
|lip gloss||7 products|
|baby sunscreen||7 products|
|foot moisturizer||6 products|
|makeup primer||6 products|
|styling gel/lotion||6 products|
|nail treatment||6 products|
|body wash/cleanser||5 products|
|shaving cream||5 products|
|setting powder/spray||5 products|
|body firming lotion||4 products|
|lip balm||4 products|
|foot cleansing||3 products|
|facial powder||3 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||1 products|
|lip liner||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|lip plumper||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|hair color and bleaching||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||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|
|277 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 Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||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|
- 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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