WACKER Showcases Silicones for Waterless Cosmetics and Shampoo Concentrates at in-cosmetics Global

Munich, Apr 05, 2022

At this year’s in-cosmetics in Paris, the Munich-based chemical group WACKER is presenting its new “Solids & Concentrates” line, picking up on the new trend in the cosmetics industry for solid-form or concentrated hair and personal care products. Sample formulations being presented at the booth show that silicones significantly improve the properties of such concentrates or solid, water-free products. In the limelight are silicone products BELSIL® REG 1103 B, BELSIL® PF 100 and BELSIL® DADM 3240 E. in-cosmetics takes place from April 5 to 7 in Paris, France.

The WACKER chemicals group will be presenting its new Solids & Concentrates line at in-cosmetics Paris. Silicones enhance the properties and use of water-free or concentrated cosmetics and personal care products. (Photo: WACKER)

The “Solids & Concentrates” line comprises cosmetics provided in solid form or as a concentrated liquid. Such delivery forms are considered favorable especially when talking about sustainability. However, waterless personal care products or concentrates are not as convenient to use and are often not as effective as liquid, emulsion-based products.

However, cosmetics manufacturers can resolve many of these issues by using silicones. This is illustrated by a series of formulations which WACKER is showing at in-cosmetics.

DIY Facial Masks

In this sample formulation, WACKER has combined the Solids & Concentrates idea with the DIY skin-care trend. The facial mask comes as a solid which can be turned into a nurturing skin cream by adding hot water. This cream is then applied as a warm facial mask.

The challenge for developers was to attain the desired skin care effect as well as making the skin feel good. They also had to ensure that the formulation easily dissolves in water. The new water-compatible silicone resin elastomer gel BELSIL® REG 1103 B turned out to be the key component in the combination of these two effects: on the one hand, the gel acts like an emulsifier making it easier to dissolve the solid formulation. On the other hand, it gives the product the desired sensory properties.

The water-compatible BELSIL® REG 1103 B gel is one of the highlights at WACKER’s booth. Mixing the gel with water produces a stiff cream characterized by a full-bodied, homogeneous texture. As a typical silicone resin elastomer gel, BELSIL® REG 1103 B combines the skin-sensory properties of non-crosslinked silicone polymers with the film-forming effects of silicone resins. The gel lends formulations a texture that leaves the skin feeling extraordinarily soft and silky.

WACKER will also be presenting its formulation for a waterless facial mask at in-cosmetics Paris. The key component here is the new water-compatible silicone resin elastomer gel BELSIL® REG 1103 B. (Photo: WACKER)

Brow Soap with Added Benefits

The spotlight is also on a new kind of brow soap formulated as a stiff gel. The translucent, non-sticky and fast-drying formula gives brows structure, volume, body and shine for perfect eyebrow styling.

Makeup artists in film and photo studios have long been using pro-ducts to style their clients’ eyebrows and keep them in shape for longer. In the meantime, brow soap has developed into a trend product. However, many products do not offer added benefits. That all changes with special silicone fluids. Small amounts of BELSIL® PF 100, for example, enhance the gloss of eyebrows thus highlighting the eye.

BELSIL® PF 100 is a polyfunctional phenyl silicone fluid especially designed to be used in hair-care products and decorative cosmetics. The new product has a refractive index which is much higher than that of conventional phenyl silicone fluids. This makes BELSIL® PF 100 a highly effective gloss agent for the cosmetics sector.

A new shampoo concentrate is among the high-concentrate products that WACKER will present at in-cosmetics. One active ingredient is the silicone emulsion BELSIL® DADM 3240 E. (Photo:WACKER)

DIY Hair Mask

Silicones are also used to design DIY water-soluble hair masks. They are incredibly simple to use: The user dissolves the hair mask in hot water. The resulting suspension is then applied to the hair while still warm, in the same way as conditioner.

The formula was created with the aid of two silicone products: BELSIL® CDM 3526 VP, a tried-and-tested low-melting silicone wax well known in the cosmetics industry which makes the hair soft and silky and helps to evenly distribute the oils contained in the hair care product. The wax also makes hair easier to comb. The new active ingredient phenyl silicone fluid BELSIL® PF 100 enhances this effect and makes the hair glossy.

Shampoo Concentrate

One of the high-concentrate products WACKER will be presenting at in-cosmetics is a new shampoo concentrate which contains half the amount of water of conventional shampoos which means a high surfactant concentration. The concentrate is equally as good as conventional shampoos at washing and conditioning hair creating a soft and silky feel and making it easy to comb and look glossy.

The key component here is BELSIL® DADM 3240 E. WACKER’s silicone emulsion is an active ingredient in haircare products. The oil phase contains two silicones: an amodimethicone crosspolymer and a dimethicone. The emulsion creates a loose network, which envelopes the hair fibers, nourishes them and provides long-lasting protection.

The combination of dimethicone and crosspolymer is highly effective: even damaged hair can be treated with BELSIL® DADM 3240 E leav-ing the hair soft and silky and easy to comb, whether wet or dry. The hair retains its healthy natural shine after being washed. The hair care products have a much longer lasting effect than conditioners that do not contain crosspolymers.

Visit WACKER at in-cosmetics Global 2022, Booth H110

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