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Ingredient Dictionary

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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

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amodimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, Silicones

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bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane

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

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients, Silicones, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents

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bis-phenylpropyl dimethicone

The standard primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as "mineral makeup."... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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caprylyl methicone

See polymer , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients

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cetyl dimethicone

Silicone polymer that functions as skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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cetyl dimethicone copolyol

See silicone , cetyl alcohol

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Emollients

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cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1-dimethicone

Silicone that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Slip Agents

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diisostearoyl trimethylolpropane siloxy silicate

A synthetic ester that functions as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. May be animal-derived. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients, Silicones

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dimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, Silicones

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dimethicone copolyol

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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dimethicone crosspolymer

A mixture of the silicone dimethicone with PEG-10 and PEG-15. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Silicones

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dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer

Functions as a stabilizer and solvent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Silicones

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dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer

See polymer , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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dimethiconol

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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isopropyl titanium triisostearte/triethoxycaprylylsilane crosspolymer

A synthetic, silicone-enhanced polymer that occurs from combining isopropyl titanium triisostearate... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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methicone

One of the simpler silicones due to its less complex molecular structure. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Emollients, Slip Agents

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methyl trimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Silicones, Slip Agents

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methylsilanol mannuronate

See silicone

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones, Emollients

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methylsilanol PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate

A glyceryl ester used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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PEG-10 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents, Slip Agents

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PEG-10 dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer

PEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents, Emollients, Silicones

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PEG-12 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents, Slip Agents, Emollients

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PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone

A synthetic skin and hair conditioning agent... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Emollients, Slip Agents, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents

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PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone

Mild surfactant. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones, Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents, Emollients

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