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Ingredient Dictionary

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acacia senegal gum

Herb that can have skin soothing properties, but is used primarily as a thickening agent. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

Good

acetyl glyceryl ricinoleate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer

Good

acetylated castor oil

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer

Good

acetylated hydrogenated cottonseed glyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer

Good

acetylated palm kernel glycerides

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Emollients

Good

acrylate

See film-forming agent

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

acrylates copolymer

See film-forming agent

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer

A synthetic ingredient used to enhance the texture of skincare and haircare products. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

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

Good

acrylates/steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer

A synthetic polymer that blends stearth-20 with one or more forms of methacrylic acid. Functions as... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer

A synthetic polymer. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

agar

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Good

Ahnfeltia concinna extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts

Good

ahnfeltia extract

See algae

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients, Texture Enhancer

Good

Alaria esculenta

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants

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albumin

Found in egg white, and can leave a film over skin. It can constrict skin temporarily, which can... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

algae

Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients, Texture Enhancer

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algae extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

Good

algin

Brown algae. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer

Average

alkyloamides

Identified on skin-care product labels as DEA, triethanolamine (TEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA),... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

allyl methacrylates crosspolymer

A synthetic, non-aqueous polymer whose chief function is film-forming agent. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

Althaea rosea

See mallow

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Texture Enhancer

Good

alumina

Aluminum oxide, which is used as an abrasive, a thickening agent, and an absorbent in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Absorbent, Texture Enhancer, Scrub Agents

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Aluminum hydroxide

A synthetic ingredient that functions as an opacifying agent. Secondary uses... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Absorbent

Good

aluminum starch octenylsuccinate

Powdery thickening agent, absorbent, and anticaking agent used in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Absorbent, Texture Enhancer

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