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Rating Ingredient
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10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid

A synthetic ingredient that functions as a skin-conditioning and occlusive agent.

Categories: Emollients
Good

4-T-butylcyclohexanol

A synthetic fatty alcohol that functions as an emollient and soothing agent...

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Soothing
Good

acetyl glyceryl ricinoleate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

acetylated castor oil

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

acetylated hydrogenated cottonseed glyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

acetylated lanolin

Emollient derived from lanolin.

Categories: Emollients
Good

acetylated lanolin alcohol

An ester of lanolin alcohol uses as an emollient and occlusive agent. An ester is a compound formed...

Categories: Emollients
Good

acetylated palm kernel glycerides

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate

Can be extracted from chamomile or derived synthetically. It is an skin-soothing ingredient.

Good

bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane

A synthetic skin conditioning agent and surfactant belonging to the chemical class of siloxanes and...

Best

borage seed oil

Non-fragrant plant oil that contains gamma linolenic acid and other essential fatty acids for skin.

Best

Borago officinalis extract

Best

Borago officinalis seed oil

Best

Brassica campestris

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients
Best

Butyrospermum fruit

Fruit from the karite tree, scientific name Butyrospermum parkii, from which the fat is obtained to...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

Butyrospermum parkii

Best

Buxus chinensis

Best

C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters

Blend of cholesterol and fatty acid ester from lanolin. Functions as a skin conditioning agent.

Categories: Emollients
Good

C12-15 alkyl benzoate

Synthetic ingredient used as an emollient and texture enhancing agent in cosmetics.

Good

C12-18 acid triglyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

C18-36 acid triglyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

agar

Good

Ahnfeltia concinna extract

Good

ahnfeltia extract

Good

Alaria esculenta

Average

alcohol

A group of organic compounds with a vast range of forms and uses in cosmetics...

Good

algae

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

Good

algae extract

Good

algin

Brown algae.

Best

almond oil

Non-volatile oil extracted from the seeds of almonds and used as an emollient.

Best

alpha glucan oligosaccharide

Emollient used in cosmetics that also has water-binding properties.

Categories: Emollients
Good

amodimethicone

Good

Anacystis nidulans extract

Best

apricot kernel oil

Emollient plant oil pressed from the seeds of apricots, and similar to other nonfragrant plant oils.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

arachidic acid

Derived from peanut oil and used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

arachidyl alcohol

Waxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics.

Good

arachidyl propionate

Waxy substance used as a thickening agent and emollient in cosmetics.

Best

Arachis hypogaea extract

Extract of the plant commonly known as the peanut. It can have emollient and skin soothing...

Best

argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of argan trees. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin...

Good

artemia extract

Good

Ascophyllum nodosum

Species of seaweed.

Good

Asparagopsis armata extract

Extract derived from seaweed.

Good

Astrocaryum murumuru seed butter

A non-fragrant vegetable fat that's nearly solid at room temperature (much like dairy butter). It functions as an emollient ingreident that works to keep...

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts
Best

avocado oil

Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. It has antioxidant properties.

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients
Good

babassu oil

Plant oil that can have emollient properties for skin. There is no research showing it has special...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

batyl alcohol

Derived from glycerin and used as a stabilizing ingredient and skin-conditioning agent.

Categories: Emollients
Good

beeswax

Substance made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb. It is a thickening agent that has...

Good

behentrimonium chloride

Skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier.

Good

candelilla wax

Extract derived from candelilla plants; used as a thickening agent and emollient to give products...

Good

Cannabis sativa L. oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

caprylic/capric triglyceride

Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient.

Good

caprylyl methicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Best

carrot oil

Emollient plant oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils.

Best

Carthamus tinctorius oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Carya illinoensis oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

castor isostearate succinate

A mix of esters formed by the reaction of castor seed oil, isostearic acid, and succinic acid. This ingredient functions...

Categories: Emollients
Good

castor oil

Vegetable oil derived from the castor bean. It is used in cosmetics as an emollient, though its...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Caulerpa taxifolia extract

Best

cephalin

Phospholipid.

Good

cera microcristallina

Categories: Emollients
Good

disodium glyceryl phosphate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

docosahexaenoic acid

Good

Dromiceius oil

Categories: Emollients
Good

dulse

Good

Durvillaea antarctica extract

Extract derived from a species of algae (Durvillea antarctica).

Best

Echium plantagineum seed oil

A novel, non-fragrant plant oil that's a rich source of saturated fatty acids...

Categories: Emollients
Best

egg yolk

Egg yolk is mostly water and lipids (fats), especially cholesterol, which makes it a good emollient...

Best

eicosapentaenoic acid

Fatty acid derived from salmon oil; it is a good emollient and replenishing ingredient for skin.

Best

Elaeis guineensis

Good

emollient

Supple, waxlike, lubricating, thickening agents that prevent water loss and have a softening and...

Good

emu oil

The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is a large, flightless bird indigenous to Australia. The oil...

Categories: Emollients
Good

ester

A compound formed from the reaction between an alcohol and an acid via the elimination of water....

Categories: Emollients
Good

ethylhexyl palmitate

A mixture of a fatty alcohol and palmitic acid that functions as an emollient.

Good

ethylhexyl stearate

Good

Euphorbia cerifera wax

Best

evening primrose oil

Can have significant soothing and emollient benefits for skin.

Best

fatty acid

Substance typically found in plant and animal lipids (fat). Fatty acids include compounds such as...

Good

fatty alcohol

Made from fatty acids; fatty alcohols are used in cosmetics as thickening agents and emollients....

Good

cetearyl alcohol

Fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other...

Good

cetearyl ethylhexanoate

Oil-like liquid that functions as an emollient to prevent skin from losing moisture. Also...

Good

cetearyl octanoate

Good

cetyl acetate

A mixture of cetyl alcohol and acetic acid used as a skin-replenishing agent and emollient.

Categories: Emollients
Good

cetyl alcohol

Fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other...

Good

cetyl dimethicone copolyol

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

cetyl esters

Synthetic wax used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.

Good

cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose

A mixture of cetyl alcohol and Hydroxyethylcellulose. It functions as thickener and stabilizing...

Good

cetyl palmitate

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

Categories: Emollients
Good

chlorella

Best

cholesterol

The surface of skin depends on the stratum corneum lipid matrix, which...

Good

Chondrus crispus

Form of red seaweed.

Best

cocoa butter

Oil extracted from cocoa beans, used as an emollient and with properties similar to those of other...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

cocoglycerides

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Best

coconut oil

Non-volatile plant kernel oil that has emollient properties for skin.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

Cocus nucifera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Codium tomentosum extract

Good

Corallina officinalis extract

Best

corn oil

Emollient oil with properties similar to those of other nonfragrant plant oils (Source: British...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Corylus americana

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Corylus avellana

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

cyclohexasiloxane

One of the numerous forms of synthetic silicone

Categories: Emollients
Good

cyclomethicone

Silicone with a drier finish than dimethicone.

Categories: Emollients
Good

cyclopentasiloxane

Categories: Emollients
Good

cyclotetrasiloxane

Categories: Emollients
Good

decyl oleate

A skin-conditioning agent derived from the esters of decyl alcohol and oleic acid.

Categories: Emollients
Good

dicaprylyl carbonate

An emollient ingredient that may be derived from synthetic or animal sources. It spreads easily and...

Categories: Emollients
Good

diethylhexyl carbonate

A synthetic oil-like ester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient. Also used in...

Categories: Emollients
Good

diethylhexyl malate

Emollient and skin-conditioning agent derived from the solvent ethyl hexanediol.

Categories: Emollients
Good

diisopropyl adipate

Used as a film-forming agent, emollient, and skin-conditioning agent.

Good

diisopropyl dimer dilinoleate

A synthetic ester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient.

Categories: Emollients
Good

diisostearoyl trimethylolpropane siloxy silicate

Emollient in the silicone family.

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

diisostearyl dimer dilinoleate

A synthetic ester that functions as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent. May be animal-derived.

Categories: Emollients
Good

diisostearyl malate

Diisostearyl malate is an ester that functions as an emollient...

Categories: Emollients
Good

dimer dilinoleyl dimer dilinoleate

A mixture of fatty acids and a fatty alcohol. This synthetic ingredient...

Good

dimethicone

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

dimethicone copolyol

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

dimethicone crosspolymer

Silicone derivative used as a stabilizing or suspending agent or as a thickener.

Good

dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer

A mixture of the silicone dimethicone with PEG-10 and PEG-15.

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

dimethiconol

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Good

dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate

Mixture of fatty acids used as an emollient and thickening agent.

Good

disodium diglyceryl phosphate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Best

gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Fatty acid used in cosmetics as an emollient and antioxidant. GLA is considered to...

Good

Gellidiela acerosa extract

Extract derived from a type of algae.

Best

GLA

Good

glycereth-26

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glycereth-26 phosphate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glycereth-6 laurate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glycerol monostearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glycerol triacetate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glycerol trioleate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl behanate

A simple mixture of glycerin and the naturally-occuring fatty acid behenic acid. Glyceryl behenate...

Good

glyceryl cocoate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl dibehanate

A complex mixture of glycerin and the naturally-occurring fatty acid behenic acid. Glyceryl...

Categories: Emollients
Good

glyceryl dipalmitate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl distearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl ester

Large group of ingredients that are composed of fats and oils. At room temperature, the fats are...

Good

glyceryl isopalmitate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl isostearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl myristate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl oleate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl palmitate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl stearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

isononyl isononanoate

An ester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent. Occurs naturally in cocoa and lavender oil.

Categories: Emollients
Good

isopropyl isostearate

The ester of isopropyl alcohol and isostearic acid. It is used as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient in cosmetics products...

Categories: Emollients
Good

isopropyl lanolate

Derived from lanolin, it is used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.

Good

isopropyl myristate

Texture enhancer and emollient as used in cosmetics.

Good

isopropyl palmitate

Texture enhancer and emollient as used in cosmetics. It can potentially be...

Good

isopropyl titanium triisostearate

A synthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as a surface treatment for cosmetic pigments...

Good

Japan wax

Vegetable wax obtained from sumac berries, and used as a thickening agent and emollient in...

Best

jojoba butter

The fattiest portion of jojoba oil, used as an intensive emollient.

Best

jojoba esters

A complex mixture of esters from jojoba oil and hydrogenated jojoba oil. The result is an...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

jojoba oil

Emollient, non-fragrant oil (technically, a polyunsaturated wax) extracted from the seeds of a perennial shrub.

Best

jojoba wax

Semi-solid portion of jojoba oil.

Good

kelp extract

Best

kukui nut oil

Non-volatile oil from a plant native to Hawaii; it has emollient properties for skin (Source:...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Laminaria longicruris

Good

Laminaria sacharrina

Good

lanolin

Emollient, very thick substance derived from sheep. Lanolin has long been...

Good

lanolin alcohol

Emollient derived from lanolin.

Good

lauryl lactate

Mixture of lauryl alcohol and lactic acid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and...

Best

lecithin

Phospholipid found in egg yolks and may be plant or animal derived. It is widely used in...

Good

glyceryl stearate SE

Widely used ingredient that is a self-emulsifying (that’s what the “SE” stands for) form of...

Best

Glycine soja oil

Oil derived from wild soybeans; it has emollient properties.

Best

Glycine soja seed extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

Glycine soja sterols

A sterol is a solid complex alcohol derived from animals and plants. In this case, the sterols are...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

glycol stearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent.

Best

glycolipid

Type of lipid composed of sugar (monosaccharide) and fat (lipid) that forms an important component...

Best

grape seed oil

Emollient, non-fragrant plant oil that also has excellent antioxidant properties...

Good

Haslea ostrearia extract

Extract derived from a water plant also known as blue algae. In pure concentrations this extract...

Good

hazelnut oil

Oil extracted from the hazelnut and that is used as an emollient.

Categories: Emollients
Best

Helianthus annuus seed oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

Helianthus oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

hemp seed oil

From the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Because both hemp and marijuana are from the genus Cannabis,...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

hexyl laurate

Skin-softening agent and emollient that is a mixture of hexyl alcohol and lauric acid.

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Good

hexyldecanol

A synthetic, non-drying fatty alcohol used as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Good

Himanthalia elongate extract

Extract of a species of algae.

Good

hydrogenated coco-glyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Best

hydrogenated lecithin

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Emollients
Best

hydrogenated olive oil

When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted gas from a liquid to a semi-solid or...

Good

hydrogenated palm glycerides

Palm glycerides are the fatty acid component of palm oil. When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is...

Good

hydrogenated polydecene

Synthetic polymer that functions as an emollient and skin-conditioning agent.

Categories: Emollients
Good

hydrogenated polyisobutene

Synthetic polymer used as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient.

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Best

hydrogenated soybean oil

Non-fragrant plant oil from soy that has been hydrogenated so it retains a semi-solid rather than liquid state.

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients
Good

hydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrate

A hydrogenated blend of vegetable glycerides that functions chiefly as an emollient and emulsifier in cosmetics...

Best

hydrolyzed jojoba esters

Essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with...

Good

hydrolyzed jojoba protein

Protein fraction of seeds from the jojoba plant that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

hydroxylated lecithin

Categories: Emollients
Good

Irish moss extract

Type of red algae.

Best

linoleic acid

Unsaturated fatty acid used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. There is some...

Best

lipid

Wide range of ingredients found in plants, animals, and human skin. Lipids include fatty acids,...

Good

lupine

Legume that is a source of isoflavones with antioxidant properties...

Average

lupine oil

Extract of Lupinus albus, a legume; it has emollient and antioxidant properties, though it may also...

Good

Lupinus albus extract

Species of legume.

Good

macadamia nut oil

Used in cosmetics as an emollient for dry skin.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

peanut oil

Emollient plant oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

pecan oil

Emollient plant oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

pectin

Natural substance found in plants, especially apples, and used in cosmetics as an emulsifier and...

Good

PEG-10 dimethicone

Good

PEG-10 dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer

A synthetic, silicone-enhanced polymer that helps products adhere…

Good

PEG-10 rapeseed sterol

A blend of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and the fatty acid component of the rapeseed plant. Used as a...

Good

PEG-100 stearate

Good

PEG-12 dimethicone

Good

PEG-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate

A complex mixture of a glycol with a fatty acid and glucose that funtions multiple ways: emollient,...

Good

PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil

Emollient ingredient that is a mixture of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with castor oil.

Good

PEG-60 almond glycerides

The polyethylene glycol derivative of fatty acids from almond oil...

Categories: Emollients
Good

PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil

The chief function of this ingredient is cleansing agent.

Good

PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate

Good

PEG-8

Good

PEG 90M

Good

PEG compound

PEG is the acronym for polyethylene glycol. Various forms of PEG compounds are mixed with fatty...

Good

PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer

PEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.

Good

PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone

PEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.

Good

PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone

PEG stands for polyethylene glycol; PPG stands for polypropylene glycol.

Good

pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate

Synthetic compound as an emollient and thickening agent.

Best

Persea gratissima oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients
Good

petrolatum

Vaseline is pure petrolatum, and petrolatum is a rich emollient and FDA-approved skin protectant.

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Emollients
Good

phenyl trimethicone

Silicone with a drier finish than dimethicone.

Categories: Silicones, Emollients
Best

phosphatidylcholine

Active ingredient in lecithin…

Best

phosphatidylethanolamine

Best

phospholipid

Type of lipid (fat) composed of glycerol, fatty acids, and phosphate. Phospholipids are essential...

Best

phytosterol

Cholesterol-like molecules found in all plant foods; the highest concentrations are found in...

Good

pistachio seed oil

Emollient plant oil with uses similar to peanut oil in cosmetics.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Pistacia vera seed oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

plum seed oil

Plum (Prunus domestica) seed oil, also known as plum kernel oil, is non-fragrant oil…

Best

Mangifera indica (mango) seed butter

More commonly known as mango butter, this ingredient is a very good plant-based...

Good

Mastocarpus stellatus

Good

meadowfoam seed oil

Non-fragrant, edible plant oil originally developed as an agricultural crop in the 1950s. It...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

methicone

One of the simpler silicones due to its less complex molecular structure.

Good

methyl glucose sesquistearate

A mixure of the diesters of methyl glucoside and stearic acid. Functions as a skin-conditioning...

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Good

methyl trimethicone

Good

methylsilanol mannuronate

Good

methylsilanol PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate

A glyceryl ester used as an emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics.

Good

Microcystis aeruginosa

Latin name for spirulina.

Good

milk protein

Good

mineral oil

Clear, odorless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics because it rarely...

Categories: Emollients
Good

murumuru seed butter

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts
Good

myristyl myristate

Used in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.

Good

neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate

Used as an emollient and texture enhancer.

Good

octyl palmitate

Used in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.

Good

octyl stearate

Used in cosmetics as a texture enhancer and emollient.

Good

octyldodecanol

Opacifying agent, used primarily as a texture enhancer in moisturizers because of its lubricating and emollient properties.

Good

octyldodecyl myristate

Mixture of octyldodecanol (thickener) and myristic acid that forms a new compound used as a...

Good

octyldodecyl neopentanoate

Skin-softening agent and emollient.

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Best

Oenothera biennis oil

Good

Olea europaea fruit oil

Best

Olea europaea oil unsaponifiables

An unsaponifiable oil is the portion of a plant oil that is not broken down when the oil's fatty...

Good

olive oil/olive fruit oil

Emollient plant oil similar to many other non-fragrant plant oils. The concept of olive oil having...

Good

Orbignya martiana

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Orbignya oleifera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Oryza sativa oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Padina pavonica extract

Good

palm kernel acid

A mixture of fatty acids derived from palm oil. Used as a cleansing agent, emulsifier, or to add...

Best

palm oil

Has emollient and antioxidant properties for skin.

Good

Palmaria palmata extract

Extract from a type of algae whose common name is dulse.

Good

palmitic acid

Blend of the fatty acid palmitic acid with several amino acids…

Good

Paraffinum liquidum

The Latin name for emollient ingredient mineral oil, also known as liquid paraffin.

Categories: Emollients
Good

polyethylene

A form of plastic (synthetic polymer) that has numerous functions in cosmetic products. Rounded...

Good

polyglycerol monostearate

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

polyglyceryl 2 triisostearate

A mixture of the fatty acid Isostearic acid and a form of glycerin that functions as a...

Good

polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate

Good

polyglyceryl-4 isostearate

The ester of isostearic acid and polyglycerin-4 that functions as an emollient and can also be a...

Good

polyglyceryl-6 isostearate

The ester of isostearic acid and a form of glycerin. Functions as an emollient and an emulsifier in...

Categories: Emollients
Good

polymethylsilsesquioxane

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

Good

PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate

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

Categories: Emollients
Good

propylene glycol isostearate

A mixture of propylene glycol and isostearic acid. See both. This ingredient is used as an...

Good

propylene glycol laurate

The ester of propylene glycol and lauric acid, which is a constituent of many vegetable fats.

Categories: Emollients
Good

Prunus amygdalus dulcis

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Prunus armeniaca

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

Prunus domestica seed oil

Non-fragrant plant oil, more commonly known as plum (and, when dried, prune) that is a rich source of several potent antioxidants.

Good

Prunus dulcis

Categories: Emollients
Best

pumpkin seed extract

Type of squash that is a very good source of antioxidant cartenoids. Pumpkin seed oil and extract...

Good

quinoa oil

Derived from quinoa grain, it may have disinfectant properties (Source: Journal of Agricultural Food...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Best

rapeseed oil

Nonfragrant oil that has emollient and potential antioxidant properties for skin (Source: British...

Good

sodium PEG-7 olive oil carboxylate

A mild surfactant formed by reacting fatty acids from olive oil esters from polyethylene glycol...

Good

sodium polyacrylate

A synthetic polymer with multiple functions, including film-forming agent, stabilizer, absorbent,...

Good

Sonojell

Trade name for petrolatum.

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Emollients
Best

soy oil

Emollient oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils.

Good

spirulina

Best

squalane

Best

squalene

Oil derived from shark liver or from plants (usually olives). It is a natural component...

Good

stearates

Good

stearic acid

Fatty acid used as an emollient and emulsifier...

Good

stearyl alcohol

Fatty alcohol used as an emollient and to help keep other ingredients intact in a formulation.

Good

stearyl methicone

Silicone polymer used as a skin-conditioning or occlusive agent.

Good

stearyl stearate

A plant-based wax prepared with natural fatty acids combined with synthetic fatty alcohols.

Best

sunflower seed oil

Non-volatile plant oil used as an emollient in cosmetics.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

sweet almond

Most often used in its oil form, this ingredient is expressed from almonds. Also used as an...

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts
Good

sweet almond oil

Emollient, non-fragrant plant oil.

Categories: Emollients
Good

synthetic beeswax

An artificial form of beeswax composed of a mixture of alcohol esters...

Good

red algae

Good

rice bran oil

Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. There is no research showing this has any...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

rice oil

Emollient similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. There is no research showing this has any...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Ricinus communis

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Rosa canina

Good

Rosa centifolia

Good

Rosa centifolia flower

Good

Rosa eglanteria

Good

Rosa mosqueta

Good

Rosa rubiginosa

Good

rose hip

Good

rose hip oil

Good emollient oil that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Journal of Agricultural Food...

Best

rutin

Bioflavonoid that is extracted from various plants and used in cosmetics as an antioxidant and...

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients
Good

saccharide isomerate

Good water-binding agent and emollient for skin.

Best

safflower seed oil

Emollient oil derived from the safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) plant.

Best

Sclerocarya birrea

More commonly known as marula oil, Sclerocarya birrea oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that's a rich source...

Good

Seamollient

Trade name for an algae extract.

Good

seaweed

Group of sea plants (scientific name: algae) of all sizes and shapes, and having a gelatin-like...

Good

sesame oil

Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Sesamum indicum

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

sesquioleate

Used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.

Best

shea butter

Shea butter is a plant lipid extracted from the karite tree that is used as an emollient in cosmetics.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

silicone

Substance derived from silica (sand is a silica). The unique fluid properties of silicone give it a...

Good

siloxane

Best

Simmondsia chinensis

Best

Theobroma cacao seed butter

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

tribehenin

Also known as glyceryl tribehenate, a skin-conditioning agent that is a mixture of glycerin and...

Good

tribehenin PEG-20 esters

A complex mixture of tribehenin and PEG-20, this ingredient has multiple functions in cosmetic...

Good

tricaprylin

Mixture of glycerin and caprylic acid. Has emollient properties and is used as a skin-softening...

Categories: Emollients
Good

tridecyl stearate

Used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient.

Good

triethoxysilylethyl polydimethylsiloxyethyl hexyl dimethicone

A silicone polymer that has multiple functions in cosmetic products, including skin-conditioning...

Categories: Emollients
Good

triglyceride

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

trihydroxystearin

Mixture of glycerin and fatty acids that is used as an emollient and thickening agent.

Good

triisocetyl citrate

A trimester of the fatty alcohol isocetyl alcohol and citric acid. It is used as on occlusive agent.

Categories: Emollients
Good

trilaurin

Group of ingredients that are triesters of glycerin and aliphatic acids, and known generically as...

Good

trimethylsiloxysilicate

Used as a skin-softening and occlusive agent.

Good

trioctanoin

Used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Good

trioctyldodecyl citrate

Mixture of octyldodecanol and citric acid used as a skin-softening agent and emollient.

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Good

Triticum vulgare oil

Best

vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These...

Best

Vitis vinifera

Latin name for the vines that produce wine grapes. More commonly known as grape seed oil or grape...

Good

walnut oil

Emollient, non-fragrant plant oil...

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

wheat germ glycerides

Used as emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics.

Good

wheat germ oil

Emollient plant oil similar to all non-fragrant plant oils.

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
Good

Ximenia americana oil

Latin name for plum oil; it can have emollient properties.

Good

methyl gluceth-20 benzoate

A synthetic ester and emollient used to improve product spreadability. Methyl...

Best

glyceryl behenate

An ester emollient of fatty acid behenic acid...

Good

glyceryl rosinate

An ester of long chain acids derived from a plant-based ingredient known as rosin.

Best

lauryl laurate

An ester of lauryl alcohol and lauric acid...

Best

Salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil

Non-fragrant plant oil whose seeds are a rich source of fatty acids...

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