Moisturizers, Emulsifiers, Surfactants, and Stabilizers

Cosmetic-grade raw materials used in skin care products must be tested for quality on potency, identity, and inorganic and organic impurities. A few of the most common methods are derived from the United States Pharmacopoeia-National Formulary (USP-NF), EU Colipa, CTFA methods, the US Federal Register and Japan cosmetic standard method publications.


Partial List of the Chemicals
Commonly Used as Moisturizers,Emulsifiers and Other Functions

Allantoin GC
Anionic, Cationic, Non Ionic Surfactants GC
Cetyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol) GC
Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone FTIR / GC
Glyceride, and Triglycerides GC
Isopropyl Lanolate, Myristate, and Palmitate GC
Lanolin and Lanolin Alcohols and Oils (skin and hair conditioners) GC
Octyl Dodecanol-skin conditioner GC
Oleic Acid (olive oil) GC
Panthenol (vitamin B-complex derivative)–hair conditioner (B5) GC
Polysorbate or Tween 40, 60 and 80 Spectrometer / TLC
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate GC
Stearic Acid and Stearyl Alcohol GC

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