Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Glycerin, Lanolin Alcohol (Eucerit®), Paraffin, Magnesium Sulfate, Decyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Stearates, Citric Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Benzyl Benzoate
Standard base for moisturizer – no surprises here. In the first place is water, in the second place is mineral oil. Mineral oil is a working occlusive, which, nevertheless, is surrounded by many myths: it is supposedly both “unrefined” and “harmful” and “carcinogenic”. In one of the previous analyzes, we already said that mineral oil goes through several stages of purification, during which the content of harmful impurities in it is excluded. In addition, cosmetic mineral oil is considered one of the safest, most effective and hypoallergenic moisturizing ingredients.
Next on the list is Cera Microcristallina, a microcrystalline wax. It acts as a structurant and emulsion stabilizer. Safe and approved for use in cosmetics.
Another quite standard moisturizer – glycerin – is followed by a kind of star of the composition, lanolin alcohol. It was in the Nivea cream that it was first used. This component is still considered a hallmark of the composition, although today it is used in many other cosmetic products. Despite the word “alcohol” in the name, this component does not dry out or irritate the skin, but on the contrary, as it is oily. Fatty alcohols help to retain moisture in the skin and soften it.
This is followed by another wax – paraffin (it differs from fine-crystalline in larger crystals in the structure). And then there are a number of emollients and stabilizers – among them Magnesium Sulfate, Decyl Oleate and others. Citric acid is added as a pH stabilizer, and Benzyl Benzoate, a proven and safe preservative, acts as a preservative.