Skin Care & Color Cosmetics

Skin Care

Among many other functions, the purpose of the skin is to protect human beings against physical, biological or chemical external aggression as well as internal organic losses. Butylene Glycol [1,3BG] has been incorporated as a solution for many functions in skin care products. It is used as a high-performance humectant in top-quality personal care products as formulators have recognized its multi-functional properties. The key role of Butylene Glycol is as a humectant.

Plant extraction technologies require a solvent. As well as being one of the preferred humectants for skin care products, Butylene Glycol [1,3-BG] is used for plant extractions and helps to obtain the extract in a compatible ingredient composition for cosmetic formulations.

In Skin Care applications, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate [NPG Di-heptanoate (CQ)] is used as emollient, primarily for formulation enhancement as it provides good spreadability, e.g. in sunscreens and foundations. It delivers a smooth, non-oily, silky feel, which is desirable in topical lotions and creams. In its function as an emollient, it is absorbed relatively quickly into the skin. Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate also forms a protective layer that retains the skin’s inherent moisture and helps prevent it from drying out.

Sun Care

Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate [NPG Di-heptanoate (CQ)] in a sunscreen provides good solubility to the organic UV absorbers. It also ensures optimal spreading of the organic UV absorber which remains on skin after application. Due to its structure, it also prevents a sunscreen from recrystallizing. 

Color Cosmetics

Even though color cosmetics originated in Egyptian times, the color cosmetic industry has been playing a major role in recent years as the industry works towards durability and safer materials.

Butylene Glycol [1,3-BG] has been selected as the preferred component by major beauty brands in the most demanding markets. Due to properties such as surface tension, solubility and viscosity, Butylene Glycol can be used as a humectant in a wide concentration range without causing any skin irritation.

As the preferred carrier and humectant for color cosmetics, Butylene Glycol is a well-established component for liquid and wet wipe make-up removers.

Emollients have an important play in color cosmetic formulations. Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate  [NPG Di-heptanoate (CQ)] is an ingredient with a variety of attributes such as slip agent, providing a silky feel, reduced tack, reduced greasy feeling and improved spreadability. Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate helps with the pigment dispersion on the skin, giving more skin coverage. Each of the attributes has an impact on the final product. 


In deodorants, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate [NPG Di-heptanoate (CQ)] demonstrates excellent properties such as low surface tension, high lubricity, chemical stability, volatility and low viscosity. These properties help to provide a formulation that is fluid and feels less oily. It also has a high spreading factor on skin, acting as a slip agent and lending a silky feel.




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