What Is It?
Aluminum Chloride occurs as a pale yellow solid. Aluminum Chloride is used mainly in the formulation of personal cleanliness products.
Why Is It Used?
Aluminum Chloride is an ingredient that is applied to the skin to reduce the production of perspiration at the site of application, to induce a tightening or tingling sensation of the skin and to reduce or eliminate unpleasant odor and that protect against the formation of such odors on the skin.
Aluminum Chloride is an inorganic compound. Aluminum is commonly found in the Earthâ€™s crust.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the safety of Aluminum Chloride and has approved the use of this ingredient in Over-the-Counter (OTC) antiperspirant products. The The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) was established in 1976 as an independent safety review program for cosmetic ingredients. The CIR Expert Panel consists of independent experts in dermatology, toxicology, pharmacolgy and veterinary medicine. The CIR includes participation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America. (CIR) has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the CIR Procedures.
In antiperspirant OTC drug products, the FDA allows the use of Aluminum Chloride at concentrations up to 15% in aqueous solution in non-aerosol dosage forms.
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More information about the safety of antiperspirant OTC drug products.
Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Aluminum Chloride http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr…
Aluminum Chloride may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the Under the general provisions of the cosmetics regulation of the EU, ingredients appearing on the following function-specific annexes must comply with the listed restrictions and/or specifications: colorants (Annex IV), preservatives (Annex V), UV filters (Annex VI) and other ingredients with specific concentration limits and/or other restrictions (Annex III). Ingredients specifically prohibited from use in cosmetic products are listed in Annex II. Other ingredients listed in the EU cosmetic ingredient database (CosIng) may be used without restrictions..
Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation:
More Scientific Information
Aluminum Chloride is an inorganic salt of aluminum and hydrogen chloride. Other technical names for Aluminum Chloride include Aluminium Chloride, Aluminium Trichloride, Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate, Aluminum Trichloride and Trichloroaluminum.
Find out more about the regulation of over-the-counter drugs by the Food and Drug Administration
OTC Drug Home Page: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSa…
Information about OTC Drug monographs: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/over-counter-otc-drug-monograph-process
Search the Code of Federal Regulations http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm
EU Cosmetics Inventory http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/