- 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.
IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
SYNONYMS2,2'-(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: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Triethylene Glycol is an aliphatic alcohol.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|sunless tanning||34 products|
|liquid hand soap||28 products|
|body wash/cleanser||10 products|
|facial cleanser||3 products|
|hand sanitizer||2 products|
|hair color and bleaching||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|diaper cream||1 products|
|hair treatment/serum||1 products|
|hair spray||1 products|
|Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|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|
|Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry review||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|2146 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 - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin||Cosmetic 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.
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