EWG Level: 3
This is a quaternary ammonium salt. Cetrimonium Bromide has the ability to disrupt the surface membranes of microorganisms and has been used in antiseptics. In cosmetics and personal care products, these ingredients are used in the formulation of hair conditioners, hair dyes and colors, other hair care products, and in some skin care products.
Funtions: Antistatic Agent; Cosmetic Biocide; Surfactant – Emulsifying Agent; Antimicrobial; Preservative
Allergies Concerns, “Human skin toxicant or allergen – strong evidence” (Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments)
Ecological Concerns, “Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative, Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)