Texture enhancer

No known benefits

Polybutene description

Polybutene is a clear, colourless synthetic liquid polymer that works as a binding, glossing, and thickening agent in cosmetics. Its large size makes it impossible to penetrate past skin’s uppermost layers.

Polybutene references

  • Lipids and Cosmetics, Volume 27, June 2020, pages 1-13
  • Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2019, pages 1-14
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Supplement 4, 2008, pages 83-106

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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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Not Rated