Europe – SCCS : Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products – Submission II

In 2014, the SCCS was asked to review the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products.
Aluminium containing ingredients were reported by cosmetic industry to be used in a lot of
different categories of cosmetic products. Among them antiperspirants and deodorants,
lipsticks and toothpastes were considered by the SCCS to be the main contributing sources
of exposure via cosmetic products. The SCCS Opinion (SCCS/1525/14) concluded that due
to the lack of adequate data on dermal penetration to estimate the internal dose of
aluminium following cosmetic uses, risk assessment could not be performed, and asked for
internal exposure to aluminium after skin application to be determined using a human
exposure study under use conditions. The current SCCS Opinion is based on the new data
and exposure assessment provided by the Applicant as part of Submission II.

The SCCS concludes the following:

1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS consider that Aluminium compounds are safe in
• Antiperspirants,
• Other cosmetic products such as lipsticks and toothpastes?

In the light of the new data provided, the SCCS considers that the use of aluminium
compounds is safe at the following equivalent aluminium concentrations up to:

· 6.25% in non-spray deodorants or non-spray antiperspirants
· 10.60% in spray deodorants or spray antiperspirants
· 2.65% in toothpaste and
· 0.77 % in lipstick…