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Ethylhexlyglycerin - Preservative

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Ethylhexylglycerin - the multifunctional molecule

ethylhexylglycerin is a globally approved, versatile and multifunctional additive as well as a very effective deodorant active. As an emollient and mild humectant it improves the skin feel of cosmetic formulations.

It reliably inhibits the growth and multiplication of odour-causing bacteria, while at the same time not affecting the beneficial skin flora. Additionally, it can boost the efficacy of traditional preservatives and acts as an antimicrobial stabiliser in combination with other cosmetic ingredients.
ethylhexylglycerin is a representative of the 1-alkyl glycerine ethers. It is a high purity, colourless and almost odourless liquid with excellent properties for use in cosmetic formulations.
In the year 1992 ethylhexylglycerin (sensiva® SC 50) was introduced to the cosmetic market as a commercial product. It is a  skin care additive and deodorant active. As a new substance it is listed on the ELINCS file.

  • skin care additive
  • booster of cosmetic alcohols and glycols
  • multifunctional cosmetic ingredient
  • improves skin feel of cosmetic formulations
  • medium spreading emollient
  • effective against odour causing Gram positive bacteria
  • enhancer for traditional preservative systems
  • boosting and fixating of fragrance ingredients


The best new technology can fail if the tactile properties of a cosmetic product are not acceptable.
Sensory attributes, such as spreading, tackiness, greasiness or absorption, play an important role in formulating cosmetics. Only a combination of optimal sensory properties combined with functionality will result in an excellent product. Emollient properties and rheology are obviously important formulation parameters for skin application. As these cannot be measured by any test method, expert panels are necessary to evaluate them in sensory assessment tests.
Some actives used in cosmetic formulations can negatively influence sensory attributes. Glycerine used in high amounts is known to impair the tactile properties of cosmetic formulations while on the other hand having very good moisturising properties.

Emollients in a balanced combination can help to improve the tactile properties of cosmetic emulsions. Beside their emollient character, some ingredients meet many other demands in cosmetic formulations. Some multifunctional cosmetic additives can be used as moisturiser or solubiliser. Several of them show certain antimicrobial efficacy or can improve the efficacy of traditional preservative actives.

Physical-chemical Data

Appearance: clear, colourless - nearly colourless
Form: liquid
Odour: slight characteristic
pH-value: 6 - 8
Boiling point: 145°C (9 hPa)
Solidification point: < -76°C
Water solubility (22°C): approx. 1.8 g/l
Viscosity (Brookfield-RVT, 20°C, Spindle 1/20 Upm): approx. 144 mPa s

Different applications for ethylhexylglycerin

  •  Self-preserving Systems
  1. Preservative Booster
  2. Skin Care Additive
  3. Deodorant Active
  4. Perfume Fixative

    Products with ethylhexylglycerin

    sensiva® SC 50 is pure ethylhexylglycerin (>99%). As multifunctional additive sensiva® SC 50 provides several properties to cosmetic formulations. As an excellent booster it is an indispensable component of many schülke products. In the euxyl® range it enhances the capacity of preservatives, in sensiva® blends the activity of antimicrobial substances and in sensidin® DO the deodorant efficacy is increased. Let ethylhexylglycerin make your product a success!


    Multifunctional Cosmetic Ingredients containing ethylhexylglycerin

    sensiva® - pure sensation 

    Active in so many ways: the multifunctional additives in sensiva® products. 

    sensiva® SC 50



    sensiva® SC 10

    caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin


    sensiva® PA 20

    phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin


    sensidin® - discover pure freshness

    A combination product specifically developed for deodorants.

    sensidin® DO

    propylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, octenidine HCl


    Cosmetic Preservatives containing ethylhexylglycerin

    euxyl® - clear performance 

    Always a big challenge in cosmetics production: protection from microbial contamination.

    euxyl® PE 9010

    phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin


    euxyl® K 350

    phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin


    euxyl® K 701

    phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, ethylhexylglycerin


    euxyl® K 702

    phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, aqua, ethylhexylglycerin, polyaminopropyl biguanide


    euxyl® K 900

    benzyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin

    Multifunctional Cosmetic Ingredient
    sensiva® SC 50_ethylhexylglycerin molecule






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