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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, Texture Enhancer

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amodimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, 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: Texture Enhancer, Emollients, Silicones, Cleansing Agents

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bis-phenylpropyl dimethicone

A synthetic polymer from the siloxane/silicone family. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Texture Enhancer

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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

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cetyl dimethicone copolyol

See silicone , cetyl alcohol

Categories: Silicones, 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, Texture Enhancer

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diisostearoyl trimethylolpropane siloxy silicate

Emollient in the silicone family. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Silicones

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dimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Silicones

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dimethicone copolyol

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients

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dimethicone crosspolymer

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

Categories: Emollients, Silicones, Texture Enhancer

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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, Texture Enhancer

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dimethiconol

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, 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, Texture Enhancer, 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: Texture Enhancer, Silicones, Emollients

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methylsilanol PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate

A glyceryl ester used as an emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Silicones, Emollients

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PEG-10 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients, Cleansing Agents

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PEG-10 dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer

A synthetic, silicone-enhanced polymer that helps products adhere… Read More »

Categories: Cleansing Agents, Emollients, Silicones

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PEG-12 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Cleansing 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, Cleansing Agents

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PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone

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

Categories: Silicones, Cleansing Agents, Emollients

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