Cyclomethicone replacement in Personal Care

Cyclomethicone replacement in Personal Care

What’s driving Cyclomethicone replacement in Personal Care?

There are two major factors are driving Cyclomethicone replacement in the Personal Care industry.

Supply shortage

A multi-faceted silicone supply shortage has strained the industry since 2017. Growing economies and decreased global capacity have resulted in steady price increases for silicone products worldwide. Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) are part of this global supply strain that is expected to persist into 2019 or 2020.

Changing regulations

Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) were added to The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restricted substance list (REACH annex XVII) in January 2018. The compounds will be prohibited in wash-off products in concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight of either substance as of January 31, 2020. This regulation change is due to the classification of Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) and Cyclopentasiloxane (D5) as very persistent/very bioaccumulative (vPvB).

We’ve got you covered!

When it comes to silicone replacements, we don’t believe “one size fits all”. This is why we offer a range of options through our LexFeel range to fit your unique requirement. It doesn’t matter whether you want a synthetic or natural, thick or thin, volatile or not. We have a specific product that will match a specific silicone that you’re looking to replace.

Synthetic replacement option

Through Inolex, we can supply you with LexFeel® D4 and LexFeel® D5 – Synthetic replacements for Cyclomethicone. Blends of light, dry, odourless emollients, yielding properties and performance similar to the sensory properties of Cyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Cyclopentasiloxane (D5).




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Natural, plant-based option

We supply the next generation of alternatives for many silicone fluids in response to the growing market demand for silicone-free ingredient options. These include all natural, plant-based alternatives to silicones for skin and hair care products from INOLEX.

LexFeel® WOW DT – Sensory enhancing silicone alternative

Developed using the Green Chemistry Principles, without the use of solvents or petrochemicals, Lexfeel® WOW DT delivers the functionality and sensory benefits of silicones without the associated health and environmental concerns.

Why LexFeel® WOW DT is so good?

  • Palm-free
  • Derived from 100% renewable and sustainable building blocks, such as coconut, castor bean and sugarcane
  • Uniquely luxurious and softer after-feel
  • Partially volatile
  • Non-flammable
  • Fast-spreading and absorbs quickly
  • Suitable for a broad range of beauty care applications
  • Pending ECOCERT and NSF certifications

Contact us

Get in touch with us to talk about your silicone requirements and for a copy of the Silicone Alternative Guide from INOLEX.

Phone: +61 2 8978 1016


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