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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
● VEGETABLE SQUALANE

Restricted

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/treatment406 products
foundation379 products
lipstick276 products
serums & essences174 products
concealer161 products
moisturizer154 products
bronzer/highlighter144 products
blush143 products
around-eye cream141 products
lip gloss139 products
lip balm119 products
daily use with SPF110 products
eye shadow82 products
conditioner78 products
mask75 products
recreational sunscreen61 products
facial cleanser53 products
BB cream50 products
hair treatment/serum50 products
hand cream31 products
anti-aging30 products
body oil30 products
brow liner30 products
exfoliant/scrub28 products
shampoo28 products
makeup primer26 products
eye liner25 products
baby lotion20 products
setting powder/spray20 products
facial powder18 products
hair styling aide16 products
lip liner14 products
toners/astringents11 products
baby sunscreen11 products
body firming lotion10 products
body wash/cleanser10 products
muscle/joint soreness7 products
baby soap7 products
antiperspirant/deodorant7 products
7 products
sunless tanning6 products
after shave5 products
hair spray5 products
lip plumper5 products
makeup remover5 products
beard oil5 products
body art5 products
mascara4 products
bath oil/salts/soak4 products
baby oil4 products
baby shampoo4 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
after sun product3 products
diaper cream3 products
detangler3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
lip balm with SPF3 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
shaving cream2 products
body spray2 products
baby wipes2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
beard care2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
fragrance for women1 products
nail polish1 products
nail treatment1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
foot cleansing1 products
tanning oil1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
bar soap1 products
liquid hand soap1 products

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human case studies indicate androgen disruption effectOpen scientific literature

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

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or 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

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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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

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

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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