Natural Personal Care Product Ingredient | Zemea® Propanediol

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Zemea® Propanediol, a Natural Ingredient for Personal Care Products


Pure Performance.

Zemea® propanediol is a versatile, bio-based humectant for cosmetic formulations.

Benefits include its high purity, lack of skin irritation or sensitization, improved humectancy and excellent sensory characteristics. Studies also have shown that Zemea® propanediol can boost the efficacy of preservatives and potentially reduce the amount of preservatives needed in formulations.

Zemea® propanediol is certified natural by the Natural Products Association (NPA) and considered a "natural ingredient" under the definitions of ISO 16128-1.

It can replace petroleum-based glycols such as propylene glycol, butylene glycol, and glycerin in formulations.

Zemea® propanediol can function as a:

  • Humectant
  • Solvent
  • Emollient
  • Hand-feel modifier
  • Viscosity enhancer
  • Preservative booster
  • Botanical extraction and dilution
  • Carrier for active cosmetic ingredients
  • Natural ester in cosmetic ingredients
  • Cosmetic ingredient in natural preservative systems 

Zemea® propanediol benefits include:

  • No skin irritation or sensitization
  • Excellent sensory characteristics
  • Enhanced preservative efficacy 
  • Improved humectancy
  • Better viscosity 
  • Enhanced clarity 
  • Excellent cloud point
  • Increased foaming (if desired) 
  • Freeze/thaw protection
  • Heat stability

Zemea® propanediol is ideal for many applications including:

Skin and body care
Hair care
Cosmetic ingredients