Ingredient Dictionary


ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer

A synthetic polymer and film-forming agent that also serves to thicken cosmetic formulas... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners


cetyl palmitate

The ester of cetyl palmitate and palmitic acid, this thickener and emollient helps smooth and condition dry skin while preventing moisture loss. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners, Emollients


dimer dilinoleyl dimer dilinoleate

A mixture of fatty acids and a fatty alcohol. This synthetic ingredient functions as a binder, skin-conditioning agent... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Miscellaneous, Thickeners


pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate

A non-aqueous ester that functions as a thickener and binding agent... Read More »

Categories: Thickeners


polyvinyl alcohol

A synthetic polymer of vinyl alcohol that functions in cosmetics as a gel-based thickener, film-forming, and binding agent. Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents, Thickeners


vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer

Blend of silicone polymers that functions as a thickening agent and texture enhancer. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners, Silicones

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