Ingredient Dictionary

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acrylate

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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acrylates copolymer

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

acrylates/dimethicone copolymer

A silicone-enhanced film-forming agent. Also functions as a binding agent so products adhere better... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer

A synthetic polymer. Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Poor

albumin

Found in egg white, and can leave a film over skin. It can constrict skin temporarily, which can... Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

allyl methacrylates crosspolymer

A synthetic, non-aqueous polymer whose chief function is film-forming agent. Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

carnauba wax

Natural, hard wax obtained from the leaves of palm trees. Used primarily as a thickening agent, but... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Absorbent, Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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Cellulose gum

Any of various fibrous substances derived from the cell walls of plants. Cellulose gum is a natural... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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Copernicia cerifera wax

See carnauba wax

Categories: Absorbent, Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Plant Extracts, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

Good

dextrin

Carbohydrate that is classified as a polysaccharide. It is used as an adhesive when mixed with... Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

diisopropyl adipate

Used as a film-forming agent, emollient, and skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

film-forming agent

Large group of ingredients that are typically found in hair-care products, but that are also widely... Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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glyceryl polymethacrylate

A blend of glycerin and polymethacrylic acid that functions as a film-forming agent. It has a... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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gums

Substances that have water-binding properties, but that are used primarily as thickening agents in... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Plant Extracts

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hydrolyzed wheat protein

Protein fraction from wheat that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical process involving the... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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hydroxyethylcellulose

Plant-derived thickening agent typically used as a binding agent or emulsifier. Also used (most... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

locust bean

See gums

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Plant Extracts

Good

neopentyl glycol diheptanoate

Mixture of neopentyl glycol (film-forming agent and solvent) and heptanoic acid (fatty acid made... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil

Emollient ingredient that is a mixture of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with castor oil. Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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plasticizing agents

Ingredients that place a thin layer of plastic over the skin. Typically these are used in facial... Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

polyacrylamide

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

polyacrylate-17

See polymer , film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

polyglucuronic acid

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

Good

polyglyceryl methacrylate

See film-forming agent

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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