The Beauty Alphabet: I is for Isododecane

Isododecane is a clear, colorless, volatile liquid — NON-silicone. It is a hydrocarbon emollient that provides a light, non-oily feel with excellent solvency.

As an emollient, it can reduce transepidermal water loss and provide better skin feel and softness.

Due to its low viscosity and density, it has a high spreadability and can improve the slip of the final product without leaving a tacky residue on the skin.


Volatile (adj): (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures

  • Synonyms: evaporative, vaporous

Isododecane is great in products where a non-residual application is desired due to its volatile nature.

Volatility aids in long-wear characteristics in color cosmetics while providing a light and smooth skin feel upon application.

It is commonly used in products like mascaras, eyeliners, foundations, and primers for improved wear and no residue.

Products Containing Isododecane

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