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Ingredient Dictionary

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ceteareth-25

A fatty alcohol that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Emulsifiers

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triethanolamine

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Categories: Miscellaneous, Emulsifiers

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PEG-10 phytosterol

A synthetic or soy-derived (Paula’s Choice Skincare uses the latter) ingredient used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and emulsifier. Read More »

Categories: Cleansing Agents, Emulsifiers

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triethanolamine

Used in cosmetics as a pH balancer. Like all amines, it has the potential for creating... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Emulsifiers

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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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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

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sodium stearoyl lactylate

A synthetic or animal-derived ingredient... Read More »

Categories: Emulsifiers, Texture Enhancer

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isopropyl titanium triisostearate

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

Categories: Emulsifiers, Texture Enhancer, Emollients

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behenyl alcohol

Thickening agent used in cosmetics. It is not related to irritating forms of alcohol. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Emulsifiers

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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

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isoamyl laurate

The ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid, this plant- or synthetic-based texture-enhancing ingredient feels velvety-soft. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Softening, Emulsifiers

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polyglyceryl-10 laurate

A plant-derived or synthetic ester of lauric acid and the synthetic polymer polyglycerin-10. Read More »

Categories: Cleansing Agents, Skin-Softening, Emulsifiers

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sodium dilauramidoglutamide lysine

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

Categories: Emulsifiers, Skin-Replenishing

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PPG-26-Buteth-26

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

Categories: Emulsifiers, Cleansing Agents

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glyceryl rosinate

An ester of long chain acids derived from a plant-based ingredient known as rosin. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Cleansing Agents, Emulsifiers

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