Dimethicone Alternatives?

What are non-silicone based alternative ingredients that could function as replacements for dimethicone in a leave-on body lotion or cream?

Ideally, the alternative ingredient(s) would have a very similar sensorial and performance profile as dimethicone.  In other words, the alternative would have similar skin feel, spreadability, non-tackiness, non-greasiness, and emulsifying properties as dimethicone.

Any and all suggestions and comments are welcome.  Thanks!


  • In addition to the ideal dimethicone alternative ingredient characteristics listed in the original post, I should add anti-foaming as another property the ideal replacement ingredient(s) would have.
  • Have you checked out LexFeel N50 by INNOLEX?
  • Why do you want to remove silicones?
  • I would prefer biodegradable alternatives to silicone.  I am only interested in replacing dimethicone if I can find something that performs equally or better. 

    I have not checked out LexFeel N50 by Innolex.  I will now thanks to your suggestion.  Thanks so much!

    Are there any other suggestions for potential candidates to replace dimethicone in a body lotion formulation?
  • @Spadirect, I am not sure if it's biodegradable, but check this polymer


    You don't need silicones if use it.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    As mentioned earlier, the LexFeel series might work for you.  Or, you can try Isoamyl Laurate.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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  • All of these suggestions sound great.  It appears the market has seen the introduction of a plethora of alternatives to silicone oils in the past few years.

    Perhaps blending two silicone oil alternatives that would mimic the sensory and performance characteristics of both dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane (D5) might be the optimal solution.

    What are your thoughts on the idea of blending Inolex's dimethicone alternative LexFeel N50 (Diheptyl Succinate & Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer) with Gobiotic's D5 alternative Gosulin IL (Isoamyl Laurate & Isoamyl Cocoate)?
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