EWG level: 1
This is an organic alcohol used as a conditioning agent. Panthenol and Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) have the same biological activity and Panthenol can be converted (by oxidation) to vitamin B5 in the skin. Pantothenic Acid is found in all living cells and tissues and is essential for normal metabolism and hormone production. In cosmetics and personal care products, Panthenol and Pantothenic Acid can be found in moisturizers, skin care products, hair conditioners, shampoos, wave sets, and hair sprays, as well as in makeup products such as eye shadow, lipstick and mascara. Panthenol acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Panthenol and Pantothenic Acid also enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment.
Its functions are: fragrance ingredient, skin Conditioning Agent, viscosity decreasing agent, masking, humectant
“Human irritant – strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be airborne)” (EWG Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments)
No ecological concerns, “designed as safe for general or specific, limited use in food” (FDA Food Additive Status)