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Data: Limited

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate

  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

● ALUMINUM SALT STARCH, HYDROGEN OCTENYLBUTANEDIOATE
● ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLBUTANEDIOATE; STARCH ALUMINUM OCTENYLSUCCINATE
● ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE
● HYDROGEN OCTENYLBUTANEDIOATE ALUMINUM SALT STARCH
● STARCH, HYDROGEN OCTENYLBUTANEDIOATE, ALUMINUM SALT

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


This ingredient is an aluminum salt of chemically modified starch.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation146 products
shampoo95 products
bronzer/highlighter74 products
eye shadow65 products
blush62 products
lipstick60 products
recreational sunscreen53 products
moisturizer47 products
facial moisturizer/treatment45 products
lip liner40 products
concealer34 products
facial powder32 products
daily use with SPF31 products
setting powder/spray18 products
hand cream16 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)15 products
antiperspirant/deodorant13 products
serums & essences12 products
makeup primer8 products
hair styling aide8 products
around-eye cream8 products
hair spray7 products
BB cream7 products
after shave6 products
anti-aging6 products
body powder6 products
fragrance for women6 products
body firming lotion3 products
sunless tanning3 products
lip balm with SPF2 products
hand sanitizer2 products
mask2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
2 products
mascara2 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
toners/astringents1 products
after sun product1 products
body spray1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 products
foot odor control1 products
tanning oil1 products
lip plumper1 products
bar soap1 products
conditioner1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
lip balm1 products
baby sunscreen1 products
brow liner1 products
facial cleanser1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
lip gloss1 products

Contamination concerns

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Chemical
ALUMINUM POWDER

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
1 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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