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Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
SYNONYMS1-HEXADECYL ESTER OCTADECANOIC ACID, 1-HEXADECYLOCTADECANOATE, CETYL STEARATE, HEXADECYL ESTER STEARIC ACID, HEXADECYL STEARATE, N-HEXADECYL STEARATE, OCTADECANOIC ACID, 1-HEXADECYL ESTER, OCTADECANOIC ACID, HEXADECYL ESTER, PALMITYL STEARATE, and STEARIC ACID, HEXADECYL ESTER
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Cetyl Stearate is an ester of cetyl alcohol and stearic acid.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|lip liner||5 products|
|eye shadow||4 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||2 products|
|daily use with SPF||2 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|shaving cream||1 products|
|hair treatment/serum||1 products|
|facial cleanser||1 products|
|serums & essences||1 products|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Human any irritant - strong evidence||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|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|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|
|Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry review||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||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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