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  • Dimethicone Alternatives?

    Posted by spadirect on September 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    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!

    spadirect replied 5 years, 8 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • spadirect

    September 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  • Jennova

    September 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Have you checked out LexFeel N50 by INNOLEX?

  • Gunther

    September 19, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Why do you want to remove silicones?

  • spadirect

    September 20, 2018 at 12:56 am

    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?

  • Max

    September 20, 2018 at 5:09 am
  • ngarayeva001

    September 20, 2018 at 8:56 am

    @Spadirect, I am not sure if it’s biodegradable, but check this polymer


    You don’t need silicones if use it.

  • MarkBroussard

    September 21, 2018 at 1:06 am

    As mentioned earlier, the LexFeel series might work for you.  Or, you can try Isoamyl Laurate.

  • spadirect

    September 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    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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