Safety Assessment of Ammonium Hectorites as Used in Cosmetics

Lillian C. Becker, Wilma F. Bergfeld, Donald V. Belsito, Ronald A. Hill, Curtis D. Klaassen, Daniel C. Liebler, James G. Marks, Ronald C. Shank, Thomas J. Slaga, Paul W. Snyder, F. Alan Andersen

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Abstract

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (Panel) reviewed the safety of 4 ammonium hectorite compounds used in cosmetics: disteardimonium hectorite, dihydrogenated tallow benzylmonium hectorite, stearalkonium hectorite, and quaternium-18 hectorite. These ingredients function in cosmetics mainly as nonsurfactant suspending agents. The Panel reviewed available animal and human data and concluded that these ammonium hectorite compounds were safe as cosmetic ingredients in the practices of use and concentration as given in this safety assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33S-40S
JournalInternational journal of toxicology
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ammonium hectorites
  • cosmetics
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology

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