Know Your Ingredients: PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

by Gio


What it is
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a white paste derived from Castor Oil.

What it does
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a surfactant: it helps water mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away, leaving skin and hair clean.

Side effects
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is usually used in concentrations between 0,5% and 10%, at which it is generally considered to be safe.




Janessa December 2, 2012 - 2:54 am

I see this one a lot. I didn’t know it’s a white paste though, and I can definitely remember this one. :]
I learn something useful everyday from you!

beautifulwithbrains December 2, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Janessa, it’s widely used indeed. And I’m glad you do. šŸ™‚

Janessa December 2, 2012 - 2:54 am

Happy first day of December, Gio! Even though it’s the 2nd where you are, it’s still the 1st where I am so well, happy beginning of December!

beautifulwithbrains December 2, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Janessa, thank you! Happy beginning of December to you too! šŸ™‚

Regn December 3, 2012 - 9:18 am

Thanks for sharing! I see Hydrogenated Castor Oil everywhere and I thought it was supposed to be hydrating, not cleansing. Iā€™m a tiny bit smarter thanks to you šŸ™‚

beautifulwithbrains December 3, 2012 - 10:02 am

Regn, you’re welcome. I’m glad you’ve found it informative.

shruti December 4, 2012 - 7:33 am

Just few days back I was wondering about PEG 40 hydrogenated castor oil. I’ve read that word loads of times in my serums and other skin care products, but was not aware about its work. But this PEG 60 one, is it found in shampoos or facial cleansers?

beautifulwithbrains December 4, 2012 - 10:14 am

Shruti, it can be found in facial cleansers and shampoos too.

I’ve also written a post about PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil. You can read it here, if you’re interested: šŸ™‚

shruti December 4, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Yes, I already read that before posting my last comment. šŸ™‚ That’s how I came to know about their difference. Earlier I never used to read ingredients. But, now whenever I read something new on my products, I came here to check about it. In ingredients series, your post about Acetone has been THE most helpful information for me. Really.. now I have just stopped worrying about acetone and non-acetone stuff. šŸ˜‰

beautifulwithbrains December 4, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Shruti, I’m so glad you find this series helpful. It makes all my hard work worthwhile. šŸ™‚

Queenie June 22, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Thanks for enlightening us. I would like to know what does peg/ ppg 17/6 do in skin as well? Since I found it on a skin cream.

Gio June 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Queenie, you’re welcome. And that’s an emollient. It makes skin soft and smooth.

Queenie August 4, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Does it have side effects? Since peg and ppg thingers are not quute good I heard.

Gio August 4, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Queenie, it is safe, although potentially every ingredient, this one included, could cause an allergy or irritation in some individuals.

PEGs aren’t as dangerous as they are claimed to be, though. Check out this link for more information:

Queenie August 5, 2014 - 1:14 am

Very good article. Thanks Gio. I wanna know if pegs ppgs can make me get more wrinkles. Sometimes we use skincare products that promise us to reduce our wrinkles. They DO contain good ingredients but they do not really seem to be effective as they said cos they use mineral oils or peg ppg compounds in their products, so its like curing on onebhand but also defective on the other hand.

Gio August 5, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Frankly, I’ve never heard of pegs or ppgs causing wrinkles. And neither does mineral oil. Some people don’t like it because it creates a barrier on the skin rather than sinking into it, but that’s not necessarily bad for you. If you have dry skin, this barrier will prevent water from evaporating, and helping to keep skin hydrated. But yeah, it’s not as beneficial as retinoids or vitamins, which can do wonders for the skin.

farhana November 9, 2018 - 11:08 am

very informative, one more thing I wanted to know, Does this ingredient stimulate facial hair growth?

Gio November 9, 2018 - 7:44 pm

Farhana, no it doesn’t.

Ira Kasmaruddin March 22, 2019 - 11:06 am

what if we use more than 0.5% or 10%? is there any side effect? makes the skin dry perhaps?

Gio March 29, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Ira, you can use up to 10% safely, but after that it may be irritating. More is rarely better in skincare.

Joveylove Bacang September 4, 2019 - 1:24 am

What is the effect of PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL on acre-prone skin types? Does it cause more acne?

Gio September 15, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Joveylove, this ingredient isn’t considered comedogenic. Having said that, everyone’s skin is different. If you find your skin doesn’t like it, don’t use it.


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