Occlusive-opacifying agent

Octyldodecanol description

Octyldodecanol is a mineral wax used as a texture enhancer in cosmetics, especially to add stability to lipsticks and stick foundations and keep them blended.

Octyldodecanol references

  • International Journal of Nanomedicine, July 2017, pages 5203-5221
  • Journal of Dermatological Science, February 2012, Volume 65, Issue 2, pages 110-117 http://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/alkyle032013rep.pdf

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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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