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Rating Ingredient
Good

lentil fruit extract

Extract that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and likely has antioxidant benefit, too.

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

hydrogenated polyisobutene

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

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Best

hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans

A skin-restorative ingredient that has been hydrolyzed, which is a chemical process involving the...

Best

hydrolyzed jojoba esters

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

Good

isoamyl laurate

The ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid, this plant- or synthetic-based texture-enhancing ingredient feels velvety-soft.

Good

Limnanthes alba

Plant commonly known as meadowfoam; its seed oil is a non-volatile plant oil used as a...

Good

Lycium barbarum fruit extract

The extract of the fruit commonly known as goji, goji berry, or wolfberry. This fruit extract is an antioxidant...

Good

methyl gluceth-20

Liquid that functions as a water-binding and skin-conditioning agent.

Categories: Skin-Softening
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

methylglucoside phosphate

A type of monosaccharide (simple sugar) derived from glucose, it serves as a skin-conditioning agent...

Categories: Skin-Softening
Average

millet seed extract

Extract from a cereal grain that has no established benefit for skin, but is added to cosmetic...

Good

neopentyl glycol diheptanoate

Mixture of texture-enhancing ingredient neopentyl glycol and grape-derived fatty acid heptanoic acid...

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
Good

oleyl erucate

Skin-softening agent derived from oleyl alcohol, which is obtained chiefly from fish oil.

Categories: Skin-Softening
Best

Oryza sativa cera

A natural, non-fragrant wax obtained from rice bran. It functions as a skin-softening agent...

Categories: Skin-Softening
Good

polyglyceryl-10 laurate

A plant-derived or synthetic ester of lauric acid and the synthetic polymer polyglycerin-10.

Good

tridecyl trimellitate

Used as a skin-conditioning agent and thickening agent. 

Good

trimethylsiloxysilicate

Used as a skin-softening and occlusive agent.

Good

trioctyldodecyl citrate

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

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening
Good

Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract

Extract from the germ portion of the wheat plant. In cosmetics, this ingredient functions as a...

Good

Triticum vulgare oil

Good

whey protein

A form of protein derived from milk. An animal-derived ingredient, whey protein functions as a hair...

Good

xymenynic acid

Synthetic fatty acid that functions as a skin-softening agent.

Best

cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract

The extract of the fruit of the coconut tree, this ingredient is rich in skin-conditioning fatty acids, proteins, and complex B vitamins.

Categories: Skin-Softening

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