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Ingredient Dictionary

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hexylene glycol

See propylene glycol

Categories: Slip Agents

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hydrolyzed silk

See silk

Categories: Antioxidants, Slip Agents

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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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silica dimethyl silylate

Used as a slip and suspending agent. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones

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silicone

Substance derived from silica (sand is a silica). The unique fluid properties of silicone give it a... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients, Silicones

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silk powder

Synthetically derived powder used as an absorbent and slip agent. Read More »

Categories: Absorbent, Slip Agents

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siloxane

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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simethicone

Mixture of dimethicone with silica; related to silicones, but used as an antifoaming agent. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones

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slip agent

Term used to describe a range of ingredients that help other ingredients spread over the skin and... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents

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sorbitol

Can be created synthetically or derived from natural sources. Similar to glycerin, it is a... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Hydration

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stearyl dimethicone

Stearyl dimethicone is a synthetic skin-conditioning agent that's a siloxane polymer... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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stearyl methicone

Silicone polymer used as a skin-conditioning or occlusive agent. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, Silicones

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triethoxycaprylylsilane

Silicone that functions as a binding agent and emulsifier.  Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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trimethylsiloxysilicate

Used as a skin-softening and occlusive agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Softening, Emollients, Silicones, Slip Agents

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xylitol

See sorbitol

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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zinc stearate

The zinc salt of stearic acid. It has multiple functions in cosmetics, including serving as the... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Texture Enhancer, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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