Polyethylene glycol

NASTY, not used in ecostore products

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High Health Hazard. 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide contamination concerns.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and its related compounds are in widespread use in personal care products. They cover a wide variety of uses such as surfactants, emulsifiers and conditioners. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review found various impurities in PEG compounds, including ethylene oxide (known carcinogen), 1,4-dioxane (probably carcinogen), ethylene oxide( known carcinogen), polycyclic aromatic compounds (atmospheric pollutants), heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic). In spite of these contaminants, PEG compounds remain commonly used in personal care products. REFERENCES: (1. Johnson, W., Jr. & Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. "Final report on the safety assessment of PEG-25 propylene glycol stearate, PEG-75 propylene glycol stearate, PEG-120 propylene glycol stearate, PEG-10 propylene glycol, PEG-8 propylene glycol cocoate, and PEG-55 propylene glycol oleate." Int J Toxicol, 2001;20 (Suppl 4):13-26. 2. Black, R.E., et al. "Occurrence of 1,4-dioxane in cosmetic raw materials and finished cosmetic products." J AOAC Int 2001;84(3):666-670.)

INCI Name Polyethylene glycol
EWG Rating 3 - 3
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