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Ethanolamine Compounds (Additional Names: MEA/DEA/TEA)

Clear, colorless, thick liquids with ammonia-like odors.  At higher concentrations, ethanolamines may increase the risk of asthma and skin irritation.  They may break down in the product and form nitrosamines that are linked to cancer.


Ethoxylated Ingredients

Ethoxylated Ingredients are a group of ingredients made by the process of ethoxylation in which carcinogenic ethylene oxide is reacted with other ingredients to make them less harsh on the skin.  As a result of the ethoxylation process, 1,4-dioxane is created and can be left behind in the product.  1,4-dioxane can be reduced or removed from a product through the vacuum-stripping process.  But independent tests show that many manufacturers fail to do so.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has classified 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”  United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) studies showed that 1,4-dioxane can penetrate human skin. 


Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) and its salts Calcium Disodium EDTA, Diammonium EDTA, Dipotassium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tripotassium EDTA, and Trisodium EDTA

Bind metal ions and help maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds, and prevent rancidity of cosmetic and personal care products.  While they are not found to be harmful, they enhance the dermal penetration of other ingredients contained in a product. 



Ethylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used in food, pharmaceuticals, and beauty products.  Clinical studies on animals have indicated that parabens may mimic estrogen and act as a potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptor.  


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