EWG level: 1
This is an ingredient based on naturally occurring clay mineral hectorite. Disteardimonium Hectorite is a modified clay compound in which some sodium cations of the clay (hectorite) have been replaced by stearyldimonium groups (which include carbon chains containing 18 carbons). In cosmetics and personal care products, Disteardimonium Hectorite is used in many product types including, eye makeup, face makeup, lipstick, deodorants and skin care products. Disteardimonium Hectorite is in a class of substances called quaternary ammonium compounds. Ingredients in this class all have a nitrogen atom bound to four alkyl groups. The nitrogen atom in these compounds always has a positive charge. The alkyl groups in Disteardimonium Hectorite are two stearyl groups (18 carbons each) and two methyl groups (1 carbon each).
Its functions are: Suspending Agent – Nonsurfactant