Ingredient Dictionary

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xylitol

See sorbitol

Categories: Slip Agents, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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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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cetyl dimethicone

Silicone polymer that functions as skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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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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pentylene glycol

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

Categories: Slip Agents

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stearyl dimethicone

See polymer , silicone

Categories: Silicones, Slip Agents

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siloxane

See silicone

Categories: Silicones, 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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triethoxycaprylylsilane

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

Categories: Silicones, 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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hexylene glycol

See propylene glycol

Categories: Slip Agents

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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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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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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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PEG-10 dimethicone

See PEG compound , silicone

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

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trimethylsiloxysilicate

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

Categories: Emollients, 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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cyclopentasiloxane

See silicone

Categories: 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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methylsilanol mannuronate

See silicone

Categories: Slip Agents, Silicones, Emollients

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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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amodimethicone

See silicone

Categories: Emollients, Slip Agents, 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-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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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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