Ingredient Dictionary

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aliphatic hydrocarbon

Hydrocarbon contained in natural gas and mineral oils. It is a synthetic fluid with varying... Read More »

Categories: Slip 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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butylene glycol

Commonly used slip agent that has multiple functions in cosmetics, depending on the formula.... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous, Slip Agents

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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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cyclohexasiloxane

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents

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cyclomethicone

Silicone with a drier finish than dimethicone. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents

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cyclopentasiloxane

See silicone

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients

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cyclotetrasiloxane

See silicone

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients

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decylene glycol

A synthetic glycol that functions as a skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients, 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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dimethiconol

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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dipropylene glycol

A synthetic slip agent and penetration enhancer. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents

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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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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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