Clear colorless liquid that’s considered a long-chain fatty acid. It’s often used as a texture enhancer in moisturizers and lip products due to its lubricating and emollient properties. Octyldodecanol also helps prevent a formula from separating into its oil and liquid components. It’s a synthetic ingredient.

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