Know Your Ingredients: Isododecane

by Gio


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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Dr Steve Wade July 6, 2009 - 8:23 am

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.

beautifulwithbrains August 17, 2009 - 2:43 pm

Oops, thanks for letting me know. I’ll replace it as soon as possible.


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