In New York, 1,4-Dioxane is Out of Bounds

Beginning December 31, 2022, New York will restrict the use of 1,4-dioxane to 10 ppm in formulations for leave-on cosmetics. On December 31, 2023, 1,4-dioxane limits will drop to 1 ppm for all rinse-off cosmetics and household cleaning products. 1,4-dioxane – a potential carcinogen – is a by-product of ethoxylated surfactants used in shampoos, body washes, common household cleaners, and detergents. The new regulation aims to prevent additional 1,4-dioxane from entering the public water supply. In New York, that’s the law, and you can read more about Senate Bill S4389B here.

Colonial Chemical offers a multitude of 1,4-dioxane-free products with exceptional performance, environmental qualities and mild characteristics. Colonial’s PEG-free mild surfactants contain no 1,4-dioxane and are safe to use in everyday personal care rinse-off and household formulations in tandem with a wide assortment of PEG-free emulsifiers and thickening aids.

To find out more about Colonial Chemical’s extensive portfolio of 1,4-dioxane-free products, go to Product Finder, here. Or let us know what products you’re working on and we’ll send you samples for your consideration, along with advice for use from one of our application chemists.

We recognize that this legislation changes the rules for many of you. We’re here to help you stay in the game. Contact us today.