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Data: Fair

Triethylene Glycol

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for damaged skin due to increased risk of absorption.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (high) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

2,2'-(ETHYLENEDIOXY)DIETHANOL, 2,2'-[1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS(OXY)]BIS- ETHANOL, 2,2'-[1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS(OXY)]BISETHANOL, ETHANOL, 2,2 [1,2ETHANEDIYLBIS(OXY)]BIS, ETHANOL, 2,2'-[1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS(OXY)]BIS-, TRIETHYLENE GLYCOL, and TRIETHYLENEGLYCOL

Restricted

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


Triethylene Glycol is an aliphatic alcohol.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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liquid hand soap31 products
sunless tanning31 products
body wash/cleanser12 products
shampoo4 products
facial cleanser3 products
conditioner3 products
hand sanitizer2 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
toothpaste1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
diaper cream1 products
hair treatment/serum1 products
hair spray1 products
mask1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skinCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry reviewCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
2146 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 - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skinCosmetic 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.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

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Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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