Day 8 – Cosmetic Raw Materials – Aesthetic Ingredients

Welcome to Day 8 of the 30 Days to Become a Better Cosmetic Chemist series

This 30 day challenge is all about giving you basic exercises that will improve your abilities as a cosmetic chemist.

In this episode

In today’s episode I’ll share:

  • The 8 types of aesthetic modifying ingredients
  • Key solvents used in cosmetics
  • Formulation adjustment ingredients you need to add
  • All the difference preservatives you can use in formulating
  • What thickeners to use and when
  • Fragrances and cosmetics
  • How to change the appearance and texture of formulas

Relevant to Exercise

Link to the product reviewed in the show. Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

Water, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Ceteareth 20, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Steareth 2, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Hydroxyhexyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, BHT, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caramel, Erythrulose

After you are done with the exercise go to the comments below and list the results. First list the product you looked at, the main claims, the ingredient list, and the ingredients that you think are the main aesthetic ingredients.

9 thoughts on “Day 8 – Cosmetic Raw Materials – Aesthetic Ingredients

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    Dana says:

    Thank you so much! You’re podcast is a lifesaver. I do hace a question, you’ve mentioned dimethicon as a functional ingredient, but isn’t it an aesthetic ingredient? In skin products it makes the formulation feels smoother and not heavy

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    Ajith Buddhika Wijeratna says:

    Dear Perry
    Thank you very much for the information you gave. Dear I have a question about pH of a cosmetic,,, How can I determine the exact buffer and the amount of the buffer should I be used?
    Thanks dear

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    Julias Ouma says:

    You people are doing good job may God bless you all .am requesting you to assist me on how to make cosmetics products like lotion, hair food, shampoo, conditioner

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    Nada says:

    Water: aesthetic ingredients
    Glycerin: not sure? Is humectant a functional role?
    Zea Mays (Corn) Starch: functional for skin protectant
    Cetearyl Alcohol: thickner Dihydroxyacetone: fuctional
    Mineral Oil: both aesthetic and functional
    Petrolatum: functional Ceteareth 20: aesthatic Ethylhexyl Isononanoate: skin conditioning effect so functional??
    Dimethicone: functional Fragrance: aesthetic Octyldodecyl Myristate: emollient so functional? Stearic Acid: surfactant to keep the dirt so functional?
    Hydroxyhexyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer:??
    Isohexadecane: skin conditioning so functional?, DMDM Hydantoin Methylparaben, BHT ,Ethylparaben,Propylparaben: preservatives Polysorbate 60 aesthatic Citric Acid: ph adjuster Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caramel: claim ingredients
    Erythrulose: i read that it’s not safe because it causes free radicals so why is it used?

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    Anzhelina says:

    Water: Solvent
    Glycerin: Humectant
    Corn starch: Thickener
    Cetearyl alcohol: Stabilizer
    Petrolatum: Occlusive
    Dihydroxyacetone DHA: active ingredient
    Mineral oil: emulient
    Ceteareth 20: Active ingredient
    Ethylhexyl Isononanoate: Emollient
    Steareth 2: Emulsifier
    Dimethicone: anti- foaming agent
    Fragrance: Parfume
    Octyldodecyl: moderate
    Myristate: emollient
    Stearic acid: stabilizer
    Hydroxyhexyl acrylate: stabilizer
    Taurate copolymer: stabilizer
    Isohexadecane: conditioning
    DMDM Hydantoin: preservative
    Methylparaben: preservative
    BHT: antioxidant
    Ethylparaben: preservative
    Propylparabene: preservative
    Polysorbate 60: emulsifier
    Citric acid: adjust pH
    Olea Europea / olive/ fruit oil: emulient
    Kernel extract: antioxidant
    Tocopherol: antioxidant
    Avocado oil: emulient
    Jojoba oil: emulient
    Calendula extract: antiinflammatory agent
    Caramel: color
    Erytrulose: active ingredient

    Aesthetic modifying ingredients:
    DHA dihydroxyacetone, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl, Erytrulose.

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      I agree with most of those classifications. But DHA, Dimethicone and Erytrulose are the “functional” ingredients. They make the products work. The other ingredients you’ve listed above are the “Aesthetic” modifiers that make delivery of the functional ingredients more appealing.

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