Ingredient Dictionary

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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, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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xylitol

See sorbitol

Categories: Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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trimethylsiloxysilicate

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

Categories: Emollients, Silicones, Slip Agents

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triethoxycaprylylsilane

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

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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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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stearyl dimethicone

See polymer , silicone

Categories: Silicones, 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

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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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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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siloxane

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents, Emollients

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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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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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silica dimethyl silylate

Used as a slip and suspending agent. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones

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propylene glycol

Along with other glycols and glycerol, this is a humectant or humidifying and delivery ingredient... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Miscellaneous

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PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate

An emollient that has a silicone-like feel and multiple functions in cosmetic products... Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Emollients

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polymethylsilsesquioxane

A polymer formed from the condensation and hydrolysis of the silicone methyltrimethoxysilane. Read More »

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones, Emollients

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phenyl trimethicone

Silicone with a drier finish than dimethicone. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Silicones, Slip Agents

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pentylene glycol

A synthetic skin-conditioning agent and solvent. Read More »

Categories: Slip 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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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-12 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

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

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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-10 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

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

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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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methylsilanol mannuronate

See silicone

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones, Emollients

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