Hydrogenated Farnesene



Hydrogenated Farnesene at a glance

  • Works as an emollient, solvent, and texture-enhancing ingredient in cosmetic formulations
  • Leaves a silky-soft finish on skin without feeling greasy
  • Can be sourced naturally (from sugar) or synthetically created
  • Usage levels for this ingredient range from 1–60%

Hydrogenated Farnesene description

Hydrogenated farnesene works as an emollient, solvent, and texture-enhancing ingredient in cosmetic formulations, including skin care. It can be derived naturally from sugar sources (such as sugarcane) or created synthetically in the lab. Suppliers of this ingredient tout it as an alternative to silicone and describe it as delivering emollience coupled with a light, dry feel. If a silky, lightweight texture with a non-sticky, non-greasy finish is the goal, this ingredient can help the formula get there. Its compatibility with UV filters also makes it a popular choice for sunscreen formulations. Other implementations of hydrogenated farnesene include makeup removal products, body lotions, and facial serums. In hair care, it may be used to enhance spreadability and deliver soft after feel without weighing tresses down. Usage levels for this ingredient range from 1–60%, depending on formulary requirements. This ingredient also goes by the name C13-15 alkane, which is the synthetic form.

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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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