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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).