BUTOXYETHANOL

What is it?

Some of the other names of this substance are 2-Butoxyethanol, Butyl cellosolve, glycol ether, Eastman EB solvent, Dowanol EB, Butyl oxitol, Solvaset, EGMBE, and Bane-Clene.

“2-Butoxyethanol is an organic compound with the chemical formulaBuOC2H4OH (Bu = CH3CH2CH2CH2). This colorless liquid has a sweet, ether-like odor, as it derives from the family of glycol ethers, and is a butyl ether of ethylene glycol.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

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Some of the other names of this substance are 2-Butoxyethanol, Butyl cellosolve, glycol ether, Eastman EB solvent, Dowanol EB, Butyl oxitol, Solvaset, EGMBE, and Bane-Clene.

The chemical butoxyethanol is on the Red List* of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They classify butoxyethanol as of “occupational concern.”

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that this substance is “harmful if swallowed, is harmful in contact with skin, causes serious eye irritation, is harmful if inhaled and causes skin irritation.”

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Butoxyethanol is used in cosmetic products* such as hair color and bleaching products, conditioners, and facial cleansers. The chemical l works as a fragrance ingredient, solvent agent (dissolves other substances), and as a viscosity decreasing agent (to make the formulation more “thin”) in products.

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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