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Cosmetic Chemistry – The Compounds in Red Lipstick

Infographic on the chemistry of lipstick. Waxes provide the structure of lipstick. A number of different natural waxes are used, including beeswax, Carnauba wax, and Candelila wax. Oils give lipstick its gloss and provide lubrication for the application of the lipstick. A range of different pigments and dyes give lipsticks colour. Other compounds added to lipstick include fragrances to mask the smell of the other chemicals present.
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Lipstick is one of the most commonly used cosmetic products – and a range of chemicals are required for its production. The choice of these ingredients is carefully considered to provide the desired colour, glossiness, and indelibility. A single stick of lipstick will contain several hundred different chemical compounds, but there are a few substances and compounds whose inclusion is essential.

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