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Ponds Cold Cream (Asia)

Water, Mineral Oil5, Glycerin8, Glyceryl Stearate9, Cyclomethicone, Ceteth-2, Stearyl Stearate, Steareth-21, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolin6, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine1, Methylparaben, Sodium PCA3, Propylparaben, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA10, BHT, Cholesterol11, Lecithin7, Stearic Acid2, Palmitic Acid4, Parfum

IngredientWhat it does
1triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
2stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
3sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
4palmitic acidemollient; emulsifier
5mineral oilAn oil with occlusive properties (baby oil), paraffin, by itself, is a waxy petroleum-based thickener
6lanolinemollient with occlusive properties, not vegan-friendly
7lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
8GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
9glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
10disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
11cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.

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