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What-it-does: viscosity controlling


Polyethylene is the most common plastic in the world. It is a super versatile polymer (molecule from repeated subunits) and when it comes to cosmetics, it is often referred to as microbeads. Well, it used to be referred to as microbeads, as it was banned in 2015 in the " Microbead-Free Waters Act" due to the small plastic spheres accumulating in the waters and looking like food to fish. Well done by Obama. 

But being versatile means that polyethylene does not only come as scrub particles but also as a white wax. In its wax-form, it is still well, alive and pretty popular. It thickens up water-free formulas, increases hardness and raises the melting point of emulsions and water-less balms. It is particularly common in cleansing balms and stick-type makeup products due to its ability to add body, hardness and slip to these formulas. 

Products with Polyethylene

Fenty Beauty Brow Mvp Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips Mamonde Everyday Sunstick Spf50+ Pa++++ NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil 3CE Primer Sun Stick AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick [SPF50+/PA++++] Artistry Studio Compct Viso E Occhi Tokyo Avene High Protection Hydrating Lip Balm Spf50+ Avene SunsiStick KA Spf 50 Banila Co Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick Aqua Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow CNP Laboratory Derma Shield Sun Stick CNP Laboratory Derma Shield Sun Stick SPF 50+ Caviahue Gel Exfoliante Facial Cher Beauty Scrub Purifier Detox Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes Colourpop Lippie Stick #Lucky Charm Cuticura Face Scrub EM Cosmetics Face Cuddle Moisture Balm Formula Dra Norma Bustos Crema Pulidora HydroPeptide Makeup Melt Botanical Cleansing Balm I'm From Fig Cleansing Balm Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub Jordana Sculpt N' Go Creamy Contour Stick L'Oreal Paris Le Signature Eyeliner LANEIGE Air Light Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++ Laura Mercier Face Polish Scrub Lumene Longwear Blur Spf15 Powder Foundation MAC Studio Fix Matte Foundation Stick Make P:rem UV Defense Me. Blue Ray Sun Stick Spf 50+ Pa ++++ Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer Nature Republic California Aloe Fresh Powdery Sun Stick [SPF50+/PA++++] Olay Winkle And Pore Filler Olay Regenerist Wrinkle & Pore Vanisher Pharmacist Formulators Sun Protection Stick Spf 50+ (Broad Spectrum) Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Revlon Photoready Concealer (002) Rodial Super Acids After Party Scrub Rohto Mentholatum Water Lip Color Balm Spf 20 Pa++ Rohto Mentholatum Water Lip Tone Up Cc Spf 20 Pa++ Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-hour Concealer Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil bareMinerals Blemish rescue spot concealer e.l.f. Instant Lift Eyebrow Pencil ohii Lip Smudge (Scorpio)