Oleth-20 is one of many Oleths, an ingredient comprised of the polyethylene glycol ethers of oleyl alcohol in which the number in the name is the average number of ethylene oxide units.
- Used in cosmetics.
- The Oleth ingredients clean skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. These ingredients also help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified and help ingredients to dissolve in liquids in which they would not normally dissolve
- Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology
Source: Cosmeticsinfo, http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/oleth-20