propylene glycol dibenzoate
- Categories: Emollients
Propylene glycol dibenzoate is a diester combination of the humectant propylene glycol and the preservative benzoic acid. A diester is a chemistry term that means an ingredient formed from two separate esters, resulting in an ingredient that has a different form and result.
In this case, combining esters of propylene glycol and benzoic acid results in a fluid ingredient that works as a lightweight emollient to soften skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
Propylene glycol dibenzoate is a synthetic ingredient that is sometimes used as a silicone replacement. Due to its high refractive quality on skin, it works well to reflect light, creating the look of a healthy glow.
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