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AAK Launches Shea-based Emollient Ester as Natural Alternative to Non-volatile Silicones

Published on 2024-02-06. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Sustainability / Natural Cosmetics    Skin Care    Decorative Cosmetic   

AAK Launches Shea-based Emollient Ester as Natural Alternative to Non-volatile SiliconesAAK is introducing LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR™ for premium skincare. It is a readily biodegradable and climate-compensated natural alternative to non-volatile silicones.

Confirm Its Similarity to Low Viscosity Dimethicone

AAK Personal Care developed this shea-based emollient ester. It has a sensory profile and appearance similar to low molecular weight dimethicone. It also has comparable viscosity, spreadability, and skin feel. At in-cosmetics Global, the team will challenge visitors to spot the difference between a formulation based on LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR™ and one using dimethicone.

In addition to sensory similarities, LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR™ stands out because of its strong sustainability credentials. This distinguishes it from silicones, alkanes, and other plant-based esters. The product is processed using low temperatures and non-toxic catalysts. Shea is sourced from a segregated supply chain. This chain is fully traceable to the AAK Kolo Nafaso direct sourcing program in West Africa. All product emissions are calculated and offset using Gold Standard and Fairtrade carbon credits. The credits are generated by a cookstove project. This initiative supports climate action in the shea supply base. It also directly improves the lives of local communities.

"LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR™ meets the growing demand for high-performing cosmetic ingredients that positively contribute to social, economic, and environmental well-being," says Elena Genesca Pont, commercial product manager for AAK Personal Care. "Independent sensory tests confirm its similarity to low viscosity dimethicone regarding lightness, spreadability, dry residue and silky skin after-feel, making it an ideal natural alternative for premium face care formulations, such as serums, eye care and make-up primers, all of which we will be demonstrating at this year's in-cosmetics Global in Paris."

LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR will be available from February 7th, 2024. It will be showcased on Stand 1S110 and in the Innovation Zone at this year's in-cosmetics Global in Paris from April 16th to 18th. Visit to take the triangle test and experience yourself.

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