Ingredient Dictionary


hydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrate

A hydrogenated blend of vegetable glycerides that functions chiefly as an emollient and emulsifier in cosmetics... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Emollients, Emulsifiers


isopropyl titanium triisostearate

A synthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as a surface treatment for cosmetic pigments... Read More »

Categories: Emulsifiers, Texture Enhancer, Emollients


lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone

A silicone polymer that has multiple functions in cosmetic products, including skin/hair... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emulsifiers, Miscellaneous, Texture Enhancer



PPG stands for polypropylene glycol, and this ingredient combines PPG with a fatty alcohol.... Read More »

Categories: Emulsifiers, Cleansing Agents


sodium dilauramidoglutamide lysine

A plant-derived ingredient that helps replenish skin and hair... Read More »

Categories: Emulsifiers, Skin-Replenishing


tribehenin PEG-20 esters

A complex mixture of tribehenin and PEG-20, this ingredient has multiple functions in cosmetic... Read More »

Categories: Emulsifiers, Cleansing Agents, Emollients

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