INCI: Vanillyl Butyl Ether, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
Form: Clear odourless liquid.
pH Stability: 4-7
Recommended Use Level: 0.1-1.0% - see below for further guidelines.
Background to how this active works: In our skin, it is our Somatosensory system that enables us to interpret signs from the environment such as heat, cold, rough and smooth. This sensory system can be activated chemically as well as physically meaning that you can place a chemical 'heat' signalling molecule on your skin without the skin having to be physically hot (or heated). Thermolat uses a vanillyl based chemical to bind to the heat receptors, the heat receptors then trigger a nerve impulse to travel to the brain and tell us that the skin feels hot, even when it isn't. Thermolat can trigger this sensation after being placed on the skin and that sensation can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. In trials over 75% of people tested felt a warming sensation from using a balm containing 1% of Thermolat. A further 4% felt that the product was burning and 20% reported not feeling any significant warming. The variety of responses is not uncomon for an ingredient like this given that each of us have different tolerances for sensations. In addition to individual tolerance is the effect of different body parts. Delicate, dehydrated or damaged skin is likely to feel the sensation faster and more strongly than intact, tough skin. For these reasons it is worth making sure you panel test your product on at least 10 people with different skin types and tolerances to establish whether your product is heading in the right direction for skin feel and heating sensation.
SAFETY USAGE GUIDELINES
NICNAS has restrictions on the level of Thermolat® in cosmetic products based on its Vanillyl Butyl Ether content.
Maximum level in Face Cream 0.86%
Maximum level in Hand Cream 0.94%
Maximum level in rinse off and other leave on cosmetic products 1.6%
Also note the IFRA has recommended restrictions based on the level of 2-Methoxy-p-Cresol in Thermolat®. These IFRA recommended restrictions are not currently implemented by the European Commission on CosIng or on ECHA. However it would be advisable to apply the Categories 1 & 2 restrictions.
The IFRA restrictions for Thermolat® are:
Category 1: Maximum 0.3% [Toys; Lip products of all types]
Category 2: Maximum 0.4% [Deodorant and Antiperspirant products of all types]
Category 3: Maximum 1% [Hydroalcoholic products applied to shaved skin; Eye products of all types; Men’s Facial Creams and Balms]
Category 4: Maximum 1% [Hydroalcoholic products applied to unshaved skin; Ingredients of Perfume Kits; Scent Strips for Hydroalcoholic products; Hair Styling Aids and Hair Sprays of all types; Hair Deodorant; Body Creams, Oils, Lotions of all types; Fragrance compounds for cosmetic kits; Foot care products; Fragrancing Cream]
Category 5: Maximum 1% [Women’s Facial Creams/Facial Make-up (excluding eye cream); Facial Masks; Hand Cream; Wipes or refreshing tissues for Face, Neck, Hands, Body]
Category 6: Maximum 0.9% [Mouthwash; Toothpaste]
Category 7: Maximum 0.9% [Intimate Wipes; Baby Wipes; Insect Repellent (intended to be applied to the skin)]
Category 8: Maximum 1% [Make-up Removers of all types (not including face cleansers); Hair Styling Aids Non-Spray of all types; Nail Care; All Powders & Talcs]
Category 9: Maximum 1% [Liquid Soap; Bar Soap; Depilatory; Conditioner (rinse-off); Shampoo of all types; Face Cleansers of all types; Shaving Creams of all types; Body Washes of all types; Shower Gels of all types; Bath Gels, Foams, Mousses, Salts and other products added to bathwater]
Category 10: Maximum 1% [Hand wash / Machine wash Laundry Detergents of all types including Laundry Bleaches; Other Household Cleaning Products; Dry Cleaning Kits; Fabric Softeners of all types including fabric softener sheets; Hand Dishwashing Detergent; Hard Surface Cleaners of all types; Shampoos for pets; Diapers; Toilet seat wipes]
New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. does not supply food grade raw materials and therefore cannot waive GST.
Prior to use: Customers should always refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet / Specification Sheet OR the ingredients label as affixed to each product which are current at the time of supply of the product.
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