Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate


Texture enhancer

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate description

A synthetic powdery thickening agent, absorbent, and anti-caking agent used in cosmetics. When listed among the first few ingredients in a product, chances are the product will have a powder-like matte finish and fast dry time.

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate references

  • Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, March 2018, Volume 342, pages 14-21
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, November 2015, Volume 135, pages 183-192
  • International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, January 2013, Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 306-309

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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