Ingredients to reduce sticky feel

Hi all! 
What ingredients can we use in a waterbased leave on product to reduce the stickiness of the product other than silicones? I found even 2% glycerin leaves a sticky feel on the skin.

Thank you.


  • really need to see the full list of ingredients to help properly.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    Your best approach is to avoid Glycerin (and Panthenol) completely is water-based toner-type products.  It will be sticky even at 1% Glycerin if your product format is a Toner.

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  • chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
    Adding butylene glycol 1:4 with glycerin t any level of use will mitigate the tackiness you are reporting - if glycerin is the culprit. Without knowing the other ingredients, cannot say for sure. Got honey in there too?
  • Get isopropyl myristate works better reduce sticking effect
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