Know Your Ingredients: PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

by Gio


What it is
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a light yellow liquid derived from castor oil.

What it does
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is used to help form emulsions.
It is also used to help other ingredients dissolve in a solvent in which they would’t normally dissolve.

Side effects
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is generally considered to be safe.

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Janessa August 8, 2012 - 6:04 am

Wow, so many roles in ingredients! Sorry I’ve been soo busy but now I am a lot freer 😀

beautifulwithbrains August 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Janessa, no need to apologize. I’m glad you’re less busy now. 🙂

Jaime Gonzalez January 8, 2019 - 2:19 am

So would it be okay to use a pomade that has this ingredient ?

Gio January 19, 2019 - 11:24 am

Jaime, yes it’s ok.


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