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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 Artistry Studio Compct Viso E Occhi Tokyo Avene Lippen-Sonnenstick Spf 50+ Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight 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 Olay Winkle And Pore Filler Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Rodial Super Acids After Party Scrub 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) A.H.C Ahc Natural Perfection Fresh Sun Stick Spf50+/Pa++++ Aromatica Orange Cleansing Sherbet Avene Sun Stick Spf 50+ Bahama Mama The Balm Beauty bakerie Lip Whip Gloss Snickerdoodle Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer Ciate Makeup Melter Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick Clinique Exfoliating Scrub Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick Flesh Beauty Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation Flesh Beauty Shimmer Dimmer Mattifying Stick Glossier Sheer Matte Lipstick Generation G Glossier Stretch Concealer Glossier Stretch Concealer Holika Holika Watermelon Ice Sun Stick I Dew Care Berry Melting Makeup Remover Balm La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Stick Spf50+ La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Lip Stick Spf 50+ La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Lipstick Spf50+ La Roche-Posay Lipikar Ap+ Stick