1,2-Hexylene Glycol
Thu, April 14, 2016 at 5:47 AM
[Stephanie Greenwood]

Today's Chemical:

1,2-Hexylene Glycol

EWG Risk Score:

1

What is it?

1,2-Hexylene glycol is a chemical relative to the more-known propylene glycol. It's a clear viscous liquid used as a humectant, filler, thickener, and conditioning agent. 

What are its risks? 

Bottom line: 

While 1,2-Hexylene glycol isn't acutely toxic, it certainly isn't a beneficial ingredient that would nourish or benefit the body in any way, and only creates free radical damage as its absorbed in the body and broken down. 

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