Silicone oils: Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone

Do you use silicone oils in your creations? Here are some great reasons to do so!

We offer both Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone for your formulations. Both oils can enhance spreadability of your lotions and creams, and both help lock in the goodness that is naturally in the oils and butters you use. But there’s more!

Dimethicone is a versatile silicone oil that offers an impressive list of benefits:

• adds slip and glide

• allows normal skin transpiration

• reduces stickiness

• imparts velvety skin feel

• conditions the skin and hair

• skin protectant (this means over-the-counter drug, so be careful about the claims you make)

If no claims are made, Dimethicone does not need to be listed as an active ingredient. And even better, your product and facility are not required to conform to OTC drug production standards. Taking our advice and staying a cosmetic? Then list ingredients in descending order of usage rates.

I prefer to add Dimethicone to my personal lotion formula because it helps make my skin feel better. Bet you’d love it in your formulas as well! Usage rates are from 0.5-10%. I usually use 2-4% in my formulations.

Cyclomethicone is a really versatile oil! It is unique in that it’s quick-drying, so it works well in lotions and creams, hair care and bath oils as well as providing an excellent base for dry perfumes and room sprays.

It adds a soft, talc-like feel to leave-on body care products. Cyclomethicone really helps increase the spreadability of products, taking all the beneficial goodies with it, then evaporating.

Both oils make a great hair treatment, especially for curly or frizzy hair. Combine 90% Dimethicone with 10% Cyclomethicone, and spray on hands, then smooth through the hair.

How have you used silicone oils in your products? Do you love them?

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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