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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 246538-79-4
Chem/IUPAC Name: Alkanes, C13-14-iso
COSING REF No: 32236
C13-14 Isoparaffin is a commonly used ingredient in skin care and hair care products due to its solvent properties that provide texture to the formulations. It is generally obtained from petroleum sources and appears as a clear, colorless liquid with a lightweight texture. C13-14 Isoparaffin is great for enabling the even distribution of other ingredients in a formulation and forming a balanced product that is easy to spread and feels silky smooth. Further, it is also used to enhance the stability of products and reduce moisture loss from the skin. It is important to note that C13-14 Isoparaffin is not a paraben. The chemical formula of C13-14 Isoparaffin is C8H16O.

What is C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN used for?

C13-14 Isoparaffin is one of the most useful ingredients that helps in keeping the final product together and looking its best. It can be found in a range of skin care, hair care and cosmetic products.
  • Skin care: It is a good solvent and emollient that enhances the spreadability of products like creams, lotions, and serums. It is also lightweight, so it does not feel too heavy on the skin. C13-14 Isoparaffin aids in reducing moisture loss from the skin, helping to improve hydration and prevent dryness
  • Hair care: It is often utilized for its conditioning and smoothing effects. It helps to improve the manageability and shine of hair by coating the strands, reducing frizz, and providing a silky feel
  • Skin care: It works as a solvent, aiding in the dispersion and dissolution of other ingredients within formulations. It helps to stabilize products, improve texture, and enhance the overall sensory experience of the product it is added to


C13-14 Isoparaffin is typically produced through the refining and distillation processes of petroleum. It is derived from a mixture of hydrocarbons with carbon chains ranging from C13 to C14. These hydrocarbons are separated and purified to obtain the C13-14 Isoparaffin ingredient used in cosmetics.

What does C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN do in a formulation?

  • Skin conditioning
  • Solvent

Safety profile

C13-14 Isoparaffin is considered safe and non-toxic for use on both skin and hair when used in accordance with industry guidelines and proper formulation practices. It is also non-comedogenic, so it does not cause acne. C13-14 Isoparaffin is well-tolerated by all the skin types, however, individual sensitivities can vary. Patch testing is recommended.

Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 227-254°C
Solubility Insoluble in water
Viscosity Low

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN

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