Stricter Regulations on 1,4-Dioxane in Cosmetics

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Although most organisations categorize 1,4-dioxane as a suspected carcinogen, it is found in many of our products. This issue has raised the concern amongst consumers. In recent years, stricter laws on the level of 1,4-dioxane has been imposed. Other than the regulations in ASEAN and EU, New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo also signed a bill prohibiting the sale of any household cleaning products, cosmetics, and personal care products that contain 1,4-dioxane above trace concentrations.

What is 1,4-dioxane?

1,4-dioxane is a by-product formed through ethoxylation and is a contaminant found in many products. It is also known as dioxane, dioxan, p-dioxane, diethylene dioxide, diethylene oxide, diethylene ether and glycol ethylene ether.

 

Why should we be concerned of the presence of 1,4-dioxane in our products?

Classifications of 1,4-dioxane:

  • EU: category 2 (suspected of causing cancer).
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): Group 2B (possibly carcinogenic to humans)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA): Group B2 (probable human carcinogen or likely to be carcinogenic to humans)
  • Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Potential occupational carcinogen

Regulations of 1,4-dioxane:

Limitations
New York
Type of Product/ Effective Date
1 January 2022
1 January 2023
19 June 2020
19 June 2023
2016
Cosmetics
≤ 10 ppm
≤ 10 ppm
≤ 25 ppm
≤ 10 ppm
Personal Products
≤ 2 ppm
≤ 1 ppm
≤ 25 ppm
≤ 10 ppm
Household Cleaning Products
≤ 2 ppm
≤ 1 ppm
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-
-

Our solution

We are committed in understanding how your products will be impacted. Are you looking to explore dioxane-free alternatives? Maha Chemicals supplies glutamate/alaninate and APG which are dioxane-free solutions for your products.

Attributes Glutamate/ Alaninate APG Betaines SLES Alkyl Sulfosuccinate AOS Imidazolidine/ Amphoacetate Isethionate
Free from Toxic Residues/ Dioxane

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Yes

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No

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No

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No

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No

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No

Natural & Sustainable

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Mildness

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Effect on skin (harsh & Adsorption)

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Biodegradable

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Carbon Footprint

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Energy Savings

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Formulation Compatibility & Easy to Formulate

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Hard Water Tolerance

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Total Score

46

42

35

31

34

30

31

34

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