Oils and Emollients play a major role in characterising the formulation. Choosing the correct oil phase is therefore essential, not only for the "feel" but also to the delivery of active ingredients in your product.
There is a long history of the use of speciality vegetable oils in traditional personal care formulations. The functionality of these natural oils is becoming increasingly recognised, bringing enhanced benefits to a range of consumer products. Vegetable speciality oils have several uses in skin care, hair care and colour cosmetics. They are made up of fatty acids similar to the body’s own, so that functional benefits are often more easily delivered compared to synthetic compounds. They act as emollients and improve skin hydration, skin elasticity and reduce skin redness caused by irritation. Vegetable oils are often used in personal care products because they contain many of the skin’s essential nutrients, such as Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which the body uses to maintain healthy skin. While we can absorb many of these EFAs through a normal diet, it is useful to apply them directly to the skin as part of a moisturising cream or lotion.
Mineral and silicone oils
Mineral oil is a commom ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. It is a lightweight oil that is odourless and tasteless. It can be used on eyelashes to prevent brittleness and breaking and - in cold cream - is also used to remove cream-based make-up and temporary tattoos. They are less greasy than vegetable oils but they spread less easily onto the skin.
Esters and Emolients
We have a broad selection of naturally derived esters that will dramatically improve the aesthetics and performance of your hair and skin care formulae as well as bath and body care products. The esters deliver improved slip, feel, soaping (rub-out), and combability in hair care, as they increase spreadability, silkiness, and absorption to reduce tack.