PPG-14 Butyl Ether



PPG-14 Butyl Ether at a glance

  • Functions as a solvent and skin-conditioning agent
  • Helps restore a supple feel to skin and enhances the texture of personal care product formulas
  • Clear, almost colorless, slightly viscous liquid
  • Deemed safe for cosmetic use by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel

PPG-14 Butyl Ether description

PPG-14 butyl ether is a synthetic mix of a polypropylene glycol derivative and non-irritating fatty alcohol known as butyl alcohol. The mix forms a new compound that functions as a solvent and skin-conditioning agent. This ingredient helps restore a supple feel to skin and enhances the texture of personal care product formulas. In addition to skin care, PPG-14 butyl ether is used in other types of self-care products such as perfumes and deodorants. As a raw material, PPG-14 butyl ether is described as a clear, almost colorless, slightly viscous liquid. The molecular weight of PPG butyl ether ingredients increases as the number they’re correlated with rises (hence PPG-14 butyl ether is lighter than, say, PPG-40 butyl ether). According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, PPG-14 butyl ether is typically used in amounts between 0.1% to 1%, although higher concentrations are permissible. Their most recent assessment (in 2017) concluded this ingredient is safe for use in cosmetics.

PPG-14 Butyl Ether references

  • CosmeticsInfo.org, Accessed September 2021, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, May 2017, pages 1-36
  • International Journal of Toxicology, January 2001, pages 39–52

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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