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Stearic Acid

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SYNONYMS

N-OCTADECANOIC ACID, OCTADECANOIC ACID, and STEARIC ACID

Stearic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid. It is listed in the PETA's Caring Consumer guide as a substance of animal origin, since stearic acid is primarily derived from rendered fat of farm and domestic animals.

Common concerns

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    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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moisturizer730 products
mascara386 products
facial moisturizer/treatment352 products
foundation343 products
body wash/cleanser223 products
brow liner215 products
hand cream204 products
daily use with SPF192 products
bar soap171 products
facial cleanser161 products
lip balm146 products
exfoliant/scrub141 products
recreational sunscreen129 products
mask124 products
shaving cream115 products
around-eye cream82 products
lipstick76 products
body firming lotion65 products
baby lotion65 products
shaving cream (men's)62 products
concealer52 products
antiperspirant/deodorant49 products
BB cream46 products
blush44 products
eye shadow39 products
eye liner38 products
anti-aging37 products
makeup primer37 products
conditioner35 products
sunless tanning33 products
hair styling aide33 products
foot moisturizer30 products
lip gloss30 products
shampoo29 products
liquid hand soap29 products
serums & essences27 products
hair treatment/serum26 products
CC cream24 products
hair color and bleaching22 products
baby sunscreen21 products
setting powder/spray20 products
lip liner19 products
bronzer/highlighter17 products
16 products
styling gel/lotion14 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)12 products
after shave12 products
after sun product11 products
lip balm with SPF11 products
muscle/joint soreness10 products
baby soap9 products
beard care9 products
bath oil/salts/soak7 products
hand sanitizer7 products
damaged skin treatment6 products
cuticle treatment5 products
baby shampoo5 products
lip plumper5 products
bubble bath5 products
skin fading/lightener4 products
makeup remover4 products
body oil4 products
foot odor control4 products
foot cleansing3 products
toners/astringents3 products
diaper cream3 products
toothpaste3 products
nail treatment2 products
oil controller2 products
tanning oil2 products
body art2 products
baby bubble bath1 products
glitter1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
facial powder1 products
eyelash glue1 products
beard oil1 products

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment 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
4584 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansEPA Water Disinfection By-Products Carcinogenicity

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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
  • 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) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • 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.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2006. EPA Water Disinfection By-Products with Carcinogenicity Estimates. Last updated: 10 April 2006.

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