2D structural formula of Acetaldehyde


What is it?

“Acetaldehyde (systematic name ethanal) is an organic chemical compound with the formula CH3CHO.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the groups:

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classifies the compound as “an extremely flammable liquid and vapour, causes serious eye irritation, is suspected of causing cancer and may cause respiratory irritation.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund) has gathered studies showing that acetaldehyde adversely affects kidneys and the reproductive, nervous and respiratory systems. They also identify the compound as potentially carcinogenic to humans.

How is it used?

Acetaldehyde is used in fragrance compounds in cosmetic⋆ and household products. The compound is also naturally occurring in for example coffee and ripe fruit. Some beers contain the compound.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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