C13-14 Isoparaffin


Texture enhancer

No known benefits

C13-14 Isoparaffin at a glance

  • Petroleum-derived cosmetic ingredient whose wax-like texture functions as an emollient
  • Also used as a solvent and texture enhancer, where it helps ingredients mesh cohesively
  • Often combined with polyacrylamide and laureth-7 to create non-tacky gel formulations
  • Deemed a safe cosmetic ingredient in concentrations up to 75%

C13-14 Isoparaffin description

C13-14 isoparaffin is a petroleum-derived ingredient whose wax-like texture functions as an emollient (skin-softening lubricant), solvent and texture enhancer. It is often combined with film-forming agent polyacrylamide and emulsifier laureth-7 to create aesthetically pleasing gel formulations. C13-14 isoparaffin shows up in various skin care products from cleansers to lotions and everything in between. You can find this ingredient in makeup and hair care, too. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel reviewed relevant data on C13-14 isoparaffin and concluded it is safe in concentrations between 0.0001%-75%, as reported in their 2013 assessment of isoparaffins used in cosmetics.

C13-14 Isoparaffin references

  • CosmeticsInfo.org, Accessed September 2021, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, January 2013, pages 269S-295S

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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