What It Is

Benzalkonium Chloride is an organic salt and a type of cationic surfactant.


It is used to prevent or inhibit the growth and reproduction of microorganisms in the finished products. It also functions as a foam booster.

Commonly Found In

It is used in the formulation of shampoos, personal cleanliness products, skin cleansers, skincare, eye makeup preparations and eye makeup preparations.

Causes & Effects

Benzalkonium chloride is safe to be used as a cosmetic ingredient with concentration up to 0.1% and 3% in rinse-off hair care. The greater concentration may cause skin and ocular irritation especially to those with diseased skin.

Lookout For

Benzalkonium (C8-C16) chloride
N-Alkyl (C8-C18)-N-benzyl-N,N-dimethylammoniumchloride
Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride (Benzalkoniumchloride)


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