What is it?
Stearalkonium Hectorite is a creamy white, fine powder. In cosmetics and personal care products, Stearalkonium Hectorite is used in a wide variety of products including lipstick, eye makeup, and nail polish and other manicuring products.
The safety of Stearalkonium Hectorite has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Stearalkonium Hectorite was safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products under the present practices of use.
Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?
Stearalkonium Hectorite functions as a suspending agent.
Stearalkonium Hectorite facilitates the dispersion of solids in liquids. It has a gel-like consistency that becomes more fluid-like when disturbed.