Know Your Ingredients: Isododecane


What it is
Isododecane is a hydrocarbon (organic compound containing carbon and hydrogen only).

What it does
Isododecane is also a solvent used in many makeup removers.
In addition, it improves the spreadability of a product.
Finally, it helps prevent water evaporating from the skin.

Side effects
Isododecane is generally considered to be safe.

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  1. Dr Steve Wade says

    Small point, but your structure picture shows 2-methylundecane. Isododecane is what is known as a ‘trivial’ name, and the true structure is the highly branched 2,2,4,6,6-pentamethylheptane. It is the branched structure that gives isododecane its remarkable properties.

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