Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)

INCI Name
Polyethylene Glycol
Ingredient origins
Hydrocarbons
Role
Carrier
Common name
PEGs
EWG score
What is EWG score?
The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
Nasty
This ingredient has been classified as hazardous to health, and is not used in ecostore products.
Ingredient details
PEGs (polyethylene glycols) is a term used to refer to a broad set of petroleum-based compounds that are frequently used in personaly care products and cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers, often in baby productsi. There are concerns that the raw materials used to make PEGs are linked to carcinogensi, and are contaminated with 1,4-dioxaneiii. REFERENCES: i) Safety Assessment of Alkyl PEG/PPG Ethers as Used in Cosmetics iii)Occurrence of 1,4-Dioxane in Cosmetic Raw Materials and Finished Cosmetic Products