Table 5: Indicative categories and chemical ingredients of cosmetic products

(based on frame formulations)

Category of chemicals Sample ingredients
Anionic surfactants sodium laureth sulfate, sodium/ammonium/TEA lauryl sulfates
Amphoteric surfactants ethoxylated sorbitan esters, cocamide MIPA, ceteth-20, ethoxylated fatty
Non-ionic surfactants fatty acid polyglycolethers, fatty alkanolamides, sodium
Cationic surfactants and
polyquaternium-7, polyquaternium-24, distearyldimonium chloride
Foam boosting agents cocamide MIPA, linoleamide DEA
Hair conditioning agents silicone derivatives, cysteine derivatives, cellulose derivatives, fatty acid
Bath salts sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium sesquicarbonate, sodium
Oils vegetable and mineral e.g. liquid paraffin, waxes and fatty alcohols,
including lanolin and lanolin derivatives, zea mays
Humectants glycerin, propylene glycol, PEG
Emulsifying agents glyceryl stearate, PEG stearate, sorbitan sequioleate & stearate, ethers of
oleyl alcohol
Silicones dimethicone, cyclomethicone
Viscosity controlling agents carbomer, cellulose-ethers
Emollients isopropyl myristate, fatty alcohols
Abrasives polyethylene
Additional ingredients vitamins, antioxidants, plant extracts
Fragrances Essential oils
UV filters Zinc oxide, TiO2
Preservatives, antimicrobials Benzyl Benzoate Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
Solvents ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, toluene, diacetone, ethanol, isopropanol, PPG-
2 butyl ether
Resins, polymers nitrocellulose, acrylates copolymer, phthalic anhydride/butyl benzoic
acid/propylene glycol copolymer
Plasticisers dibutyl phthalate, triethyl citrate

Source: SCCS,  Opinion on the potential health risks posed by chemical consumer products resembling food and/or having child-appealing properties, (2011),
Annex III, p.40

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Other Figures & Tables on this publication:

Table 2: Household chemical consumer products commonly ingested by children

Table 3: Some developmental milestones of young children up to 6 years of age

Table 4: Physiological changes in the elderly

Table 5: Indicative categories and chemical ingredients of cosmetic products

Table 6: Chemicals in food- resembling/child-appealing household products (based on ingredient listing of common household products)

Table 7: Alkalis and acids frequently found in household products

Annex I: Pictures of consumer products resembling food and/or having child- appealing properties

Annex II: Case reports involving children and CPRF or CAP