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

A synthetic skin conditioning agent and surfactant belonging to the chemical class of siloxanes and... Read More »

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

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bis-phenylpropyl dimethicone

A synthetic polymer from the siloxane/silicone family. 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

Skin-conditioning agent in the silicone family. 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

Silicone derivative used as a stabilizing or suspending agent or as a thickener. Read More »

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

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dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer

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

A synthetic, silicone-enhanced polymer that functions as skin protectant and helps products adhere... 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

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

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

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PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone

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

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

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