Ingredient Dictionary

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10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid

A synthetic ingredient that functions as a skin-conditioning and occlusive agent. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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acetyl glyceryl ricinoleate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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acetylated castor oil

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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acetylated hydrogenated cottonseed glyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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acetylated lanolin

Emollient derived from lanolin. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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acetylated lanolin alcohol

An ester of lanolin alcohol uses as an emollient and occlusive agent. An ester is a compound formed... Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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acetylated palm kernel glycerides

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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agar

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Ahnfeltia concinna extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts

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ahnfeltia extract

See algae

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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Alaria esculenta

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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alcohol

A group of organic compounds that have a vast range of forms and uses in cosmetics. In some benign... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Irritants, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents, Absorbent

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algae

Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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algae extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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algin

Brown algae. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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almond oil

Non-volatile oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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alpha glucan oligosaccharide

Emollient used in cosmetics that also has water-binding properties. Read More »

Categories: Emollients

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amodimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, Silicones

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Anacystis nidulans extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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apricot kernel oil

Emollient plant oil pressed from the seeds of apricots, and similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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arachidic acid

Derived from peanut oil and used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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arachidonic acid

Produced from phospholipids and fatty acids. There is research showing that this is potentially... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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arachidyl alcohol

Waxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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arachidyl propionate

Waxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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Arachis hypogaea extract

Extract of the plant commonly known as the peanut. It can have emollient and anti-inflammatory... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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