(in 19,117 products)

Potential Risk Index®:

ISCE InhaleISCE SwallowISCE ContactISCE Environment
PRI Legend


1. Binder / Stabilizer - Retains the physical characteristics of food/cosmetics and ensure the mixture remains in an even state.
2. Bulking Agent - Non-nutritious or inactive substances added to increase stability of the mixture.
3. Film-Forming Agent - Leaves a coating on the surface of skin/hair
4. Viscosity Controlling Agent - Maintains or alters the thickness of a liquid, mostly used in cosmetics
Polyethylene or polythene (abbreviated PE; IUPAC name polyethene or poly(ethylene)) is the most common plastic. Its primary use is in packaging (plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes, containers including bottles, etc.).
Polytheylene is used in a variety of skin care and beauty products, including as eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, eyebrow pencils, lipstick, blushers, face powders and foundations, as well as in skin cleansers and skin care products, because of its versatile properties as an abrasive ingredient, adhesive, binder, bulking agent, emulsion stabilizer, film former, oral care agent and as a viscosity increasing agent.
Polytheylene is also a main component of Polyethylene Glycols, or PEGs.
Scientific References:
Regulatory References:
1. US FDA Food Additives Status List [2018]
- Polyethylene
2. WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Group 3 [2018]
- Polyethylene

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. May cause respiratory irritation (H335)
2. May cause drowsiness or dizziness (H336)
3. Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure (H373)
4. Harmful to aquatic life (H402)
5. Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects (H412)

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