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Today's Chemical:

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What is it?
Cleaning agent, thickener, emulsifier. Found in: Deodorants, lotions, cleaners, salad dressings.

Why is it a risk?
Steareth-20 is also known as polyoxyethylene 20 stearyl ether. It's created by reacting innocuous stearic acid with carcinogenic ethylene oxide, traces of which and its carcinogenic by-product 1,4-dioxane can remain in the product. (Read what the FDA says about it here). 

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Reader Comments (2)

This is incredible I didn't know it was harmful for us, I use to use Avon products I think now I'll avoid the use of them.

Tue, April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Avon has strict guidelines when coding raw ingredients. ALL lots of material used are tested for harmful residuals that are specific to the ingredient being used, such as ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane in Steareth-20. We also test for heavy metals on ALL of our raw ingredients. Please be assured that our products go through rigorous testing at the raw ingredient level as well as the finished product level. Safety and efficacy are of utmost concern in our products. Hope that eases your mind.

Tue, July 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAvon Chemist

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