500 ml Silicone Alternative - Naturally Derived

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500 ml Silicone Alternative - Naturally Derived

Product number: RMEM500SILICALT

Product Description

Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate


Natural Silicone Alternative - Isoamyl Laurate

INCI: Isoamyl Laurate



Isoamyl Laurate is a light-weight oily ester that absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a dry, silicone-like feeling.  It has a molecular weight of 270 which is about 3.5 times lighter than fractionated coconut oil.

This ingredient is classified as an ester rather than oil and as such can be formulated in oil-free cosmetics.  It has a similar chemistry to Oleyl Oleate but at half themolecular  weight, this is is well suited to products requiring a light after feel which absorbs quickly. 


Because of where the oxygen molecules are located on the structure this ester is polar, most oils are not.   Polar oils are well suited to wetting out and dispersing pigments and minerals so that they give the best colour intensity and depth thus making this ingredient perfect for colour cosmetics, especially those that would benefit from a dry or matt finish.

Not only can this ingredient disperse pigments but it can also remove them so this ingredient can be used at a higher dose in make-up remover formulations – like-dissolves-like.

In addition to that because of the polarity of this ingredient it also mixes in readily with alcohol making this a suitable light emollient to add to hand sanitisers for a soft, silky after-feel.

Silicone Alternative.

Ingredients based on silicone are a lot more bendable and flexible than carbon chemistry and as such can feel much lighter than they actually are (a little goes a long way).   For a natural ingredient to be classed as 'silicone like' it should give a light weight feel, untypical of vegetable oils (which are naturally heavy).  While this ingredients lacks the flexibility of a silicone, its lightness and high degree of spreadability means it can be a reasonable replacement for silicone in natural formulations.

Recommended Dose:  1-20%

Solubility:  Oil and Ethanol.

Viscosity:  Low (light)

Spreadability: High

Origin:  Natural (Palm / mixed vegetable).

Try this for a natural alternative (but not direct-replacement for ):  Isopropyl Myristate,  C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate.  It is also lighter and much faster spreading than MCT Oil/ Fractionated Coconut Oil/  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride.

Function: Solubiliser for actives,  light-weight emollient for hair care, slip agent for shaving product, make-up remover active,  light-touch agent for emulsions.


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