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Data: None

Stearalkonium Hectorite

Other Concerns

Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

BENZYLDIMETHYLSTEARYLAMMONIUM HECTORITE and STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE

Restricted

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


This ingredient is produced from hectorite, a naturally occurring mineral and a principal constituent of bentonite clay.

Common concerns

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  • 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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nail polish193 products
foundation130 products
lipstick119 products
lip gloss46 products
blush43 products
eye liner33 products
bronzer/highlighter27 products
daily use with SPF15 products
nail treatment10 products
hair color and bleaching10 products
concealer10 products
CC cream9 products
recreational sunscreen9 products
BB cream8 products
shampoo7 products
facial moisturizer/treatment6 products
lip liner6 products
hair spray5 products
exfoliant/scrub5 products
makeup primer5 products
lip balm4 products
around-eye cream4 products
eye shadow4 products
body powder3 products
lip plumper3 products
mask2 products
mascara2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant2 products
2 products
body firming lotion1 products
foot odor control1 products
nail glue1 products
hair styling aide1 products
facial cleanser1 products
facial powder1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
moisturizer1 products
brow liner1 products
baby sunscreen1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
diaper cream1 products
baby lotion1 products
body spray1 products

Contamination concerns

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Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
0 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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Data availability

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