Risks to the environment : Aquatic ecotoxicity.
INCI name: Benzalkonium Chloride.
Where to find it / them? : Baby wipes, deodorants, styling creams/lotions, fixing waxes, hair sprays, shower gels, face creams, solid soaps, facial cleansers, make-up removers, hand creams, scrubs, foundations, hair serums, face serums, tonics.
Function: Antimicrobial, antistatic, preservative, deodorant, surfactant, dispersion of surface agents.
Risks to health: Potential allergen, potential skin irritant.
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Concentration allowed by European regulations : Up to 3% in finished cosmetic products. Up to 0.1% in finished cosmetic products as a preservative. In the finished product, the concentrations of benzalkonium chloride, bromide and saccharinate, whose alkyl chain is equal to or less than C14, must not exceed 0.1%.