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Stearyl Alcohol

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

SYNONYMS

1-OCTADECANOL, OCTADECAN-1-OL, and STEARYL ALCOHOL

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


Stearyl alcohol is a compound produced from stearic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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conditioner534 products
antiperspirant/deodorant248 products
moisturizer246 products
facial moisturizer/treatment195 products
hair treatment/serum121 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)97 products
foundation85 products
daily use with SPF72 products
hand cream71 products
shampoo68 products
hair color and bleaching66 products
mask56 products
hair styling aide53 products
facial cleanser52 products
around-eye cream41 products
recreational sunscreen40 products
body firming lotion37 products
exfoliant/scrub31 products
baby lotion25 products
concealer20 products
anti-aging18 products
hair-loss treatment18 products
shaving cream15 products
mascara14 products
foot moisturizer13 products
styling gel/lotion13 products
serums & essences13 products
CC cream13 products
beard care12 products
after shave9 products
BB cream9 products
detangler8 products
6 products
makeup primer6 products
baby sunscreen5 products
lip balm with SPF4 products
body wash/cleanser4 products
toners/astringents3 products
lip balm3 products
sunless tanning3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
lipstick2 products
styling mousse/foam2 products
bar soap2 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
brow liner2 products
beard oil2 products
after sun product2 products
cuticle treatment2 products
baby soap1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
beard cleanser1 products
foot cleansing1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
hair spray1 products
diaper cream1 products
baby shampoo1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
oil controller1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
nail treatment1 products
makeup remover1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

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

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
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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