Ethanol Alcohol

EWG level: 2

Alcohol, also called ethanol, is a strong-smelling, colorless, volatile liquid. It is formed by the fermentation of sugars or can be synthetically produced. To prevent Alcohol intended to be used for purposes other than oral ingestion, many countries, including the United States, require that denaturants be added to Alcohol. This is considered broadly toxic and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion. When used in products that are not food, beverages or oral drugs, many countries, including the United States, require that alcohol be denatured. This means that a small amount of a denaturant is added to the alcohol to make it taste bad. In cosmetics and personal care products Alcohol and Alcohol Denat. are used in many product types including makeup, lotions, fragrance, shaving, oral care, skin care and hair care products.

Its functions are:  Antifoaming Agent; Antimicrobial Agent; Cosmetic Astringent; Fragrance Ingredient; Solvent;Viscosity Decreasing Agent

“Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available”  (FDA Everything Added to Food )

Classified as medium human health priority (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)

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