Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS2,2',2"-NITRILOTRIS[ETHANOL], 2,2',2''-NITRILOTRIETHANOL, ETHANOL, 2,2 ,2 NITRILOTRIS, ETHANOL, 2,2',2"-NITRILOTRIS-, TEA, TRIETHANOLAMINE, and TROLAMINE
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Triethanolamine is a strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical.
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MODERATEAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|hand sanitizer||112 products|
|recreational sunscreen||90 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||88 products|
|shaving cream||80 products|
|hair styling aide||55 products|
|daily use with SPF||41 products|
|after sun product||38 products|
|serums & essences||38 products|
|styling gel/lotion||36 products|
|hair color and bleaching||35 products|
|eye shadow||31 products|
|facial cleanser||28 products|
|body firming lotion||27 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||26 products|
|eye liner||25 products|
|hair treatment/serum||22 products|
|hand cream||18 products|
|around-eye cream||18 products|
|baby sunscreen||16 products|
|body wash/cleanser||12 products|
|brow liner||12 products|
|makeup primer||12 products|
|body spray||10 products|
|foot moisturizer||8 products|
|baby lotion||8 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||8 products|
|tooth whitening||8 products|
|after shave||7 products|
|bar soap||6 products|
|hair spray||4 products|
|fragrance for women||4 products|
|foot cleansing||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|bubble bath||3 products|
|damaged skin treatment||3 products|
|beard care||3 products|
|lip balm||2 products|
|makeup remover||2 products|
|tanning oil||2 products|
|sunless tanning||2 products|
|liquid hand soap||2 products|
|other eye makeup||2 products|
|eyelash glue||2 products|
|skin fading/lightener||1 products|
|fragrance for men||1 products|
|nail treatment||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|cuticle treatment||1 products|
|lip gloss||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|polish remover||1 products|
|pore strips||1 products|
|lip plumper||1 products|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics|
|Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||CosIng|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as medium human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|One or more animal studies show any effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)||EPA Categorized List of Inert Pesticide Ingredients|
|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|
|22829 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|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|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Int'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
- European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1987 & 2005. Office of Pesticide Programs. Inert (other) Pesticide Ingredients in Pesticide Products - Categorized List of Inert (other) Pesticide Ingredients.
- 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.
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
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