PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil


Plant extracts

PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil at a glance

  • Primarily used as a cleansing agent
  • Helps whisk away oil, dirt and other debris
  • Provides emulsifying and solubilizing benefits which improves aesthetics and performance
  • Proven track record as a safe cosmetic ingredient
  • Identified concentrations in cosmetic use range from 0.00004% to 18%

PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil description

PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil is primarily used as a cleansing agent in personal care products due to its versatility and compatibility with every type of surfactant.It also provides emulsifying and solubilizing functionality to improve the formulary esthetics and performance for skin care and hair care products. (Essentially this means it helps the oil and water ingredients mix, as well as allowing other ingredients to dissolve cohesively for a pleasing result.)As an individual raw material, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil has been described as having a white paste or lard-like appearance.PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil has proven to be a safe and effective ingredient; identified concentrations in cosmetic use range from 0.00004% to 18% (according to a 2015 report). Safety assessments have shown that even higher concentrations may be used on skin without negative results.

PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil references

  •, Accessed July 2021, ePublication
  • Toxicological Research, June 2015, pages 105-136

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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