Know Your Ingredients: Pentylene Glycol

by Gio

pentylene glycol

What it is
Pentylene Glycol is a synthetic compound.

What it does
Pentylene Glycol is used to impart slip to a product.
As a skin-conditioning agent, it leaves skin soft and smooth.
In addition, it is also used as a solvent.

Side effects
Pentylene Glycol is a mild irritant and can cause contact dermatitis in some people.


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Lika November 28, 2013 - 7:41 am

Please tell me if Pentylene glycol is the same like Pentalyn ? Thank you

beautifulwithbrains November 28, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Lika, no it isn’t. Pentalyn is also called Pentaerythrityl hydrogenated rosinate and is a synthetic resin used mainly in adhesives.

Hamna March 10, 2018 - 12:28 pm

So this ingredient is safe?

Gio March 16, 2018 - 7:53 pm

Hamna, yes it is.

omas May 24, 2018 - 4:33 am

how much pentylene glycol safe to used?

Gio May 27, 2018 - 7:32 am

Omas, usually this ingredient is used in small amounts, 5% or less.

Kara October 3, 2019 - 2:15 pm

I just read they came out with a Pentylne glycol that is not synethetic version. it is from sugar cane.
i saw this, any thoughts?


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