Know Your Ingredients: Aluminum Powder

by Gio

What it is
Aluminum powder is derived from naturally occurring aluminum containing minerals.

What it does
Used as a colour additive, aluminum powder imparts a white colour to cosmetics.

Side effects
In the small amounts used in cosmetics, aluminum powder is safe. However, it can’t be used in lip products.


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BebeTaian August 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Wasn’t there some concern awhile back about aluminium in deodorants? Whatever happened to that? I’ll have to check to see if anyone found hard evidence that it caused Alzheimer’s when used long-term…

Gio August 8, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Bebetaian, as far as I know, no one has yet proven that it is bad for our health. But a lot of companies have stopped using it because consumers don’t like it.

Kiss & Make-up August 8, 2015 - 2:56 pm


Gio August 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Melissa, glad you like the post. 🙂

Janessa August 9, 2015 - 12:23 am

Aluminum is toxic ingested so good thing it’s not in lip products of this century. 😛

Gio August 9, 2015 - 5:41 am

Janessa, it is!

Esthi September 26, 2018 - 8:24 pm

What about the fact that most common cooking pans are made of aluminium? Can’t help thinking that tiny bits of aluminium are ending up in the foods cooked in these pans (even when coated with teflon which probably will leak over time). Also, food stored in aluminium foil, esp. acidic foods.

Gio October 3, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Esthi, my expertise is in skincare, not cooking, sorry! But I’ve never heard anything about them so I wouldn’t worry.


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