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What is Isohexadecane?

Isohexadecane is a colorless and odorless substance.  Isohexadecane is a high purity, iso-paraffin emollient and solvent used in personal care products. Although it is colorless and odorless, it creates a very creamy, thick formula. However, for all of its rich texture, Isohexadecane leaves a non-greasy, light and silky feeling on the skin.

What is the molecular formula of Isohexadecane?


What is Isohexadecane used for?

It is most often found in foundations, sun care products, lip products, deodorants and antiperspirants and makeup removers (source).

Are there side effects or dangers of Isohexadecane?

Isohexadecane is generally considered to be safe.  A study was published in Contact Dermatitis in 2004 that concluded that Isohexadecane does not cause contact dermatitis.


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