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Int J Toxicol. 2013 Nov-Dec;32(6 Suppl):33S-40S. doi: 10.1177/1091581813507722.

Safety assessment of ammonium hectorites as used in cosmetics.

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Cosmetic Ingredient Review, 1101 17th Street, NW, Suite, 412, Washington, DC 20036, USA. Email: cirinfo@cir-safety.org.

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.

KEYWORDS:

ammonium hectorites; cosmetics; safety

PMID:
24335966
DOI:
10.1177/1091581813507722
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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