Glossary of Cosmetic and Chemical Terms
A common name for phenol, the simplest of the phenol compounds.
A trade name for synthetic polymers commonly used in cosmetics products as thickeners, emulsion stabilisers and suspending agents.
A group of organic compounds having the carboxyl group (-COOH) as a common feature. A number of compounds of carboxylic acid are used as surfactants, emulsifiers and cleansers in cosmetics products.
Substance used to alter or speed-up a chemical modification in another material, without being consumed or incorporated into the end product.
In cationic surfactants the hydrophobic (water-hating) portion of the molecule contains a positive charge.
Chemicals used to prevent metal ions from bonding with other ingredients and affecting the products stability, odour or appearance.