What is EDTA?

EDTA or ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid is a chelator that is widely used in cosmetic products. 

What is EDTA?

To identify it in our products, take a look at the ingredients list on packaging. It can be found under the names: "calcium disodium EDTA", "diammonium EDTA", "dipotassium EDTA", "disodium EDTA", "disodium EDTA-copper", "trisodium EDTA".

Where does it come from?

Where does it come from?

EDTA is a synthetic ingredient.

Where does it come from?

It is formulated in the laboratory.

What is it used for?

EDTA acts as a chelator. It “grabs” metal ions that can affect the stability and / or appearance of cosmetic products.

Pourquoi est-il utilisé ?
  • EDTA is used to counter the hardness of water in rinse-off products

  • It helps avoid the precipitation of certain ions (calcium, magnesium...) in order to ensure the quality and preservations of products

Why is it questioned?

EDTA is accused of causing irritation when in contact with the eyes and eczema. There are some concerns regarding the persistence and bioaccumulation in the environment, given the widespread use of EDTA.


●    There exists a lot of data on EDTA. Its safe use in cosmetics for decades is well reported.

●    At the concentration level it is used in our products, EDTA is a very well tolerated ingredient and allergy cases are very rare.

Why and how do we use it?

  • We work with our suppliers to limit the use of EDTA to protect the raw materials we use.

  • In a process of continuous improvement, we are working to reduce or substitute EDTA present in our formulas when possible, while guaranteeing the same level of quality and product performance.

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