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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, and 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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lipstick171 products
foundation136 products
eye shadow91 products
bronzer/highlighter73 products
shampoo69 products
blush59 products
moisturizer55 products
lip liner52 products
recreational sunscreen46 products
facial moisturizer/treatment45 products
daily use with SPF44 products
concealer40 products
facial powder29 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)19 products
antiperspirant/deodorant17 products
setting powder/spray15 products
lip gloss13 products
serums & essences12 products
hand cream10 products
around-eye cream9 products
anti-aging6 products
after shave6 products
body firming lotion5 products
hair spray5 products
5 products
exfoliant/scrub5 products
BB cream5 products
makeup primer4 products
brow liner4 products
body powder4 products
mascara3 products
CC cream3 products
lip balm3 products
baby sunscreen3 products
hair styling aide3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
foot moisturizer3 products
eye liner3 products
facial cleanser2 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
sunless tanning2 products
body spray1 products
after sun product1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
tanning oil1 products
foot odor control1 products
damaged skin treatment1 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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
1 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • 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.

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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