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Closing the Sensory Gap Between Silicone and Carbon Chemistry

SpecialChem / Amanda Foxon-Hill – May 18, 2011

As our desire for natural deepens research into sustainable, more efficient, more effective or more ‘copy friendly’ ingredients makes more and more sense and while it pays to remember that not all things that tick the natural box top the class in all of the above categories there is no denying the fact that for most people they just feel better, well at least in a psychological sense. However, what we want to know is just how close are we to closing the sensory gap between silicone and carbon chemistry and can it be closed naturally? As many formulators will know, there is nothing quite like a silicone for giving you just the right amount of shine, the perfect silky after-feel, that light nourishing yet powdery finish, that instant drying while not shiver-inducing body spray or that color-locking deep leave-in detangler performance. However, more often than not the inclusion of silicones into a brands formulation does not fit with their philosophy as silicones are a no-go area for anyone seeking to certify their products as natural or organic, difficult for those with a carbon-neutral claim and impossible for anyone promoting the fact that their product doesn’t contain chemicals.

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