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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 6920-22-5
EINECS/ELINCS No: 230-029-6
COSING REF No: 54170
1,2-Hexanediol is one of the most multi-functional ingredients in the cosmetic industry. It is used in skin care, hair care as well as beauty products. It is a great emollient as well as a humectant, that is, it preserves hydration on the skin while also softening it. Not just this, 1,2-Hexanediol also acts as a preservative. It prevents bacterial growth in the formulations that it is used in, thus increasing the overall shelf life. Its chemical formula is C6H14O2. It is also known by other names such as hexane-1,2-diol and 1,2-Dihydroxyhexane.

What is 1,2-HEXANEDIOL used for?

1,2-Hexanediol is a moisture-binding ingredient that has proven to be beneficial for the skin and hair in more than one way. It is used in a wide range of products all across the cosmetic industry such as cleansing and bath products.
  • Skin care: It is an amazing ingredient for extremely dry and flaky skin. It holds moisture on the topmost layers of the skin and keeps it hydrated. This makes it a really effective humectant that is used in skin care products such as moisturizers and lotions
  • Hair care: It aids in smooth and detangled hair because of the high hydration that it provides. It is a popular choice in hair care products as it can help disperse a lot of hair problems
  • Cosmetic products: It acts as a superb preservative - increasing the shelf life of products. It stops bacterial formation in formulations. Furthermore, it is also a solvent that dissolves other ingredients and helps them spread out evenly in the product


1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic ingredient that is made up of many chemicals such as diosgenin, chrysin, and alpha-lipoic acid. These chemicals are good for skin and hair, and impart various beneficial properties to this ingredient like anti-inflammation and the qualities of a preservative.

What does 1,2-HEXANEDIOL do in a formulation?

  • Emollient
  • Hair conditioning
  • Humectant
  • Preservative
  • Smoothing
  • Solvent

Safety Profile of 1,2-HEXANEDIOL

1,2-Hexanediol is safe for skin and hair when used in lower concentrations. However, it can be slightly toxic and irritating to the eyes, therefore it should be kept away from the eye area. A patch test is recommended prior to full application especially for people having highly sensitive skin.

1,2-HEXANEDIOL Alternatives

1,2-HEXANEDIOL Technical profile

Property Values
Boiling Point 223-224°C
Melting Point 2.0°C
Solubility Miscible in water

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely 1,2-HEXANEDIOL

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