Stearalkonium Hectorite


Suspending/dispersing agent

No known benefits

Stearalkonium Hectorite description

Stearalkonium hectorite is a powder derived from hectorite clay which is used in amounts up to 50% as a safe suspending agent in cosmetics.

Stearalkonium Hectorite references

  • Comptes Rendus Chimie, February-March 2019, pages 169-174
  • Modified Clay and Zeolite Nanocomposite Materials: Environmental and Pharmaceutical Applications, 2019, pages 129-166
  • International Journal of Toxicology, November-December 2013, pages 33S-40S

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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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