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Data: Fair

T Butyl Alcohol

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Other Concerns

Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high), and Occupational hazards (high)

SYNONYMS

● 1,1-DIMETHYLETHANOL
● 2-METHYL- 2-PROPANOL
● 2-METHYL-2-PROPANOL
● 2-METHYLPROPAN-2-OL
● 2-PROPANOL, 2-METHYL-
● 2PROPANOL, 2METHYL
● T-BUTYL ALCOHOL
● TERT-BUTANOL
● TERT-BUTYL ALCOHOL
● TRIMETHYL CARBINOL
● TRIMETHYLMETHANOL

Restricted

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


t-Butyl Alcohol is an aliphatic alcohol.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • MODERATE
    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/treatment24 products
serums & essences20 products
daily use with SPF18 products
around-eye cream13 products
fragrance for women10 products
moisturizer8 products
makeup primer8 products
facial cleanser7 products
eye shadow7 products
hair styling aide6 products
mask6 products
fragrance for men6 products
hand sanitizer5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant4 products
recreational sunscreen4 products
shampoo4 products
foundation4 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
tooth whitening3 products
lipstick2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
setting powder/spray2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
body spray1 products
pore strips1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
beard care1 products
lip balm1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
hair spray1 products
mascara1 products
concealer1 products
anti-aging1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as lung irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Occupational hazards

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low dosesOpen scientific literature

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humansEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
One or more animal studies show classified as toxic effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)EPA Toxic Release Inventory PBTs
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of carcinogenicityOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Not 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
1461 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

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

Neurotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
nervous system - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed/unreview: published lit review or major tox studyNational Library of Medicine HazMap
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1999. Toxics Release Inventory Program. PBT Chemical Rule.
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.

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Hazard score

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