IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem
Other ConcernsMultiple, additive exposure sources (low)
SYNONYMSN-OCTADECANOIC ACID, OCTADECANOIC ACID, and STEARIC ACID
This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
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.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||399 products|
|body wash/cleanser||230 products|
|hand cream||220 products|
|brow liner||197 products|
|daily use with SPF||184 products|
|bar soap||162 products|
|facial cleanser||153 products|
|recreational sunscreen||139 products|
|shaving cream||117 products|
|lip balm||112 products|
|around-eye cream||97 products|
|body firming lotion||91 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||68 products|
|BB cream||61 products|
|baby lotion||60 products|
|eye liner||54 products|
|liquid hand soap||41 products|
|serums & essences||39 products|
|makeup primer||32 products|
|foot moisturizer||30 products|
|sunless tanning||30 products|
|eye shadow||29 products|
|hair styling aide||29 products|
|hair treatment/serum||27 products|
|hair color and bleaching||25 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||22 products|
|after shave||21 products|
|lip liner||21 products|
|setting powder/spray||21 products|
|baby sunscreen||18 products|
|CC cream||17 products|
|styling gel/lotion||15 products|
|lip balm with SPF||14 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||12 products|
|after sun product||10 products|
|baby soap||10 products|
|baby shampoo||9 products|
|hand sanitizer||8 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||7 products|
|beard care||7 products|
|lip plumper||6 products|
|damaged skin treatment||6 products|
|lip gloss||5 products|
|skin fading/lightener||5 products|
|makeup remover||5 products|
|foot cleansing||4 products|
|cuticle treatment||4 products|
|foot odor control||4 products|
|bubble bath||4 products|
|diaper cream||3 products|
|nail treatment||2 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|baby bubble bath||1 products|
|other eye makeup||1 products|
|tooth whitening||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|facial powder||1 products|
|body oil||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|body art||1 products|
|beard oil||1 products|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available||Open scientific literature|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|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|
|4584 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|
|Not likely to be carcinogenic in humans||EPA Water Disinfection By-Products Carcinogenicity|
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|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- 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.
- 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.
- EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2006. EPA Water Disinfection By-Products with Carcinogenicity Estimates. Last updated: 10 April 2006.
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