Ethoxylated Compounds

Banished Ethoxylated Compounds

This may seem like a buncha mumbo-jumbo to you, but this fills my soul, and fuels my fire to continue to create empowered consumers!


Ethoxylated Ingredients are a group of ingredients made by the process of ethoxylation in which known carcinogenic, ethylene oxide, is reacted with other ingredients. As a result of this process, 1,4-dioxane is created and can be left behind in the product. 1,4-dioxane can be reduced or removed from a product through the vacuum-stripping process, but independent tests show that many manufacturers fail to do so.


Ethoxylation takes place to make them “less harsh” on the skin. Although they may not be an instant source of irritation, the danger of exposure over time is not worth the risk.


 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has classified 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) studies showed that 1,4-dioxane CAN penetrate human skin.


We use the umbrella term “ethoxylated ingredients” to summarize ALL of these most common ingredients which are often found in standard cosmetics and personal care…

•Acrylates/Steareth-20 Itaconate Copolymer
•Ammonium Capryleth Sulfate
•Ammonium Pareth-25 Sulfate
•Ammonium Myreth Sulfate
•Ceteareth -20
•Disteareth-75 IPDI, -100 IPDI
•Emulsifying Wax NF
•Steareth – 2, -4, 10, 16, -20, 21
•Isosteareth -2, -10, -20
•Magnesium Laureth Sulfate
•Magnesium Oleth Sulfate
•PEG’s – ingredients listed as a polyethylene glycol or with a PEG- prefix such as PEG-20, PEG 40 etc.
•Polysorbate-20, -40, -60, -80
•Steareth-2, -4, -10, -16, -20, -21
•Sodium Coceth Sulfate
•Sodium Deceth Sulfate
•Sodium Oleth Sulfate
•Sodium Laureth Sulfate
•Sodium Myreth Sulfate
•Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
•Zinc Coceth Sulfate


Thankfully there are brands that are taking a stand and NOT allowing the sacrifice of performance when embracing healthy beauty