What is it? Triethanolamine

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, 12:00am

Other names it goes by Ethanol, tea, trolamine, nitrilotris

What's it used in? Mascara, moisturiser, shampoo, shaving foam

What does it do? It's used to balance the pH levels and stabilise products.

Any controversy? Some research suggests it could be carcinogenic.