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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

La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight Jordana Sculpt N' Go Creamy Contour Stick LANEIGE Air Light Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++ Laura mercier Face Polish Scrub MAC Studio Fix Matte Foundation Stick Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-hour Concealer e.l.f. Instant Lift Eyebrow Pencil Aromatica Orange Cleansing Sherbet Bahama Mama The Balm Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer Ciate Makeup Melter Clinique Exfoliating Scrub Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick Flesh Beauty Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation Flesh Beauty Shimmer Dimmer Mattifying Stick Glossier Stretch Concealer Holika Holika Watermelon Ice Sun Stick La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Lip Stick Spf 50+ La Roche-Posay Lipikar Ap+ Stick MAC Lightful C + Coral Grass Vibrancy Eye Cream Natio Pore Unclogging Face Scrub Natura Estonica Purifying Face Scrub Neutrogena Shine Control Powder Nia 24 Physical Cleansing Scrub Nivea Daily Essentials Skin Refining Scrub Nuxe Lip Moisturizing Stick Rêve De Miel Ofra Volcanic Clarifying Mask Olay Anti-Wrinkle Hydration + Wrinkle Smoother Day Cream Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub Pixi +C Vit Glow-Y Powder Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Matte Lipstick Saint Gervais Mb Dermo Cold Cream Lip Balm Soltan Kids Stick Spf50+ 25G Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush TonyMoly Peach Punch Sherbet Cleansing Balm URIAGE Eau Thermale Bariesun SPF 50+ Stick Invisible Zwitsal Sun 0% Parfum SPF50+ Zonnestick Benefit Watt'S Up! Cream Highlighter Bielenda Coarse-Grain Scrub Diamond Microdermabrasion Effect Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet Clinique All About Eyes Clinique Even Better Eyes™ Dark Circle Corrector CoverGirl Clean Matte Clean Matte Pressed Powder Enature Moringa Cleansing Balm Etude House Play 101 Stick Foundation