Antioxidant, Moisturizer, Viscosity Control, Surfactant, Miscellaneous


EDTA is short for ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, a stabilizer used in cosmetics to prevent ingredients in a given formula from binding with trace elements (particularly minerals) that can be present in water.ξ

EDTA also keeps other ingredients from causing unwanted changes to a productŠ—Ès texture, odor, and/or consistency. Ingredients that perform this function are known as chelating agents.ξ

Common examples of EDTA ingredients are disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA.

See chelating agent

Reference for this information:

International Journal of Toxicology, 2002, pages 95-142