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Squalane

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Other Concerns

Endocrine disruption (low)

SYNONYMS

2,6,10,15,19,23-HEXAMETHYLTETRACOSANE, SQUALANE, TETRACOSANE, 2,6,10,15,19,23HEXAMETHYL, and VEGETABLE SQUALANE

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


Squalane is a naturally occuring lipid in both plants and animals. This ingredient is listed in the PETA's Caring Consumer guide as primarily derived from animals, especially shark liver oil.

Common concerns

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  • 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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facial moisturizer/treatment381 products
foundation315 products
lipstick273 products
serums & essences167 products
moisturizer147 products
daily use with SPF126 products
around-eye cream95 products
mask86 products
lip balm86 products
bronzer/highlighter84 products
eye shadow70 products
blush66 products
BB cream64 products
lip gloss62 products
recreational sunscreen51 products
concealer50 products
facial cleanser50 products
makeup primer38 products
conditioner33 products
lip liner30 products
eye liner28 products
brow liner27 products
facial powder27 products
exfoliant/scrub26 products
anti-aging25 products
body oil23 products
hand cream22 products
hair treatment/serum22 products
baby lotion20 products
baby sunscreen17 products
toners/astringents14 products
lip balm with SPF13 products
body firming lotion12 products
shampoo10 products
setting powder/spray10 products
lip plumper10 products
makeup remover9 products
8 products
body wash/cleanser8 products
baby soap7 products
muscle/joint soreness7 products
baby oil6 products
hair styling aide6 products
sunless tanning5 products
skin fading/lightener4 products
baby shampoo4 products
damaged skin treatment4 products
cuticle treatment3 products
beard care3 products
mascara3 products
after shave3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant3 products
oil controller3 products
shaving cream (men's)3 products
beard oil3 products
bath oil/salts/soak3 products
bar soap2 products
nail treatment2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
after sun product2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
toothpaste1 products
tanning oil1 products
pore strips1 products
baby wipes1 products
body spray1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
shaving cream1 products
diaper cream1 products
CC cream1 products
detangler1 products
foot cleansing1 products

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human case studies indicate androgen disruption effectOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

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

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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.

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

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