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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

Retacnyl Tretinoin Cream 0.05% Bahama Mama The Balm Clinique Exfoliating Scrub Glossier Stretch Concealer La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Lip Stick Spf 50+ MAC Lightful C + Coral Grass Vibrancy Eye Cream Natio Pore Unclogging Face Scrub Neutrogena Shine Control Powder Nivea Daily Essentials Skin Refining Scrub Olay Anti-Wrinkle Hydration + Wrinkle Smoother Day Cream Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub 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 CoverGirl Clean Matte Clean Matte Pressed Powder Enature Moringa Cleansing Balm Etude House Play 101 Stick Foundation Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm Heimish All Clean Balm Kiss New York Luscious Shine Gel Lipsticks Marc Jacobs Fineliner, Truffled Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner Nakeup Face Stress Zero Cleansing Stick Okame Camellia Cleansing Balm Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Lip Cream Spf 15 QV Lip Balm Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm Younique Royalty Cleansing Stick it Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-In-1 Makeup Melting Balm Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity Ciate London Dewy Stix Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Oil Balm Etude House Cherry Sweet Color Lip Balm Etude House Dear My Glass Tinting Lips Talk Br402 Farmacy Green Clean Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche La Roche-Posay Ultra Fine Scrub Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Neutrogena Visibly Clear Daily Scrub Pink Grapefruit