Personal care products and cosmetics industry: OQ Chemicals launches neopentyl glycol diheptanoate to replace cyclic silicones

MONHEIM AM RHEIN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global chemical company OQ Chemicals introduces Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate for the cosmetics and personal care industry. The light ester-based neopentylglycol diheptanoate is a suitable alternative to cyclic silicone compounds considered critical such as cyclosiloxanes (D4-D6), also known as cyclomethicones. Due to its special properties, cosmetics manufacturers like to use neopentyl glycol diheptanoate for color cosmetics, skin care, hair care, sun care and antiperspirant formulations.

OQ Chemicals will be showcasing Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate at Incosmetics Latin America 2022 in São Paulo, Brazil, September 21-22, 2022 at their booth G88. Other products on display include 1,3 Butylene Glycol, a high performance humectant in high quality personal care products, and TCD Alcohol DM for use in fragrance oil formulations. OQ Chemicals offers these products worldwide in commercial quantities.

“With our neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, we are meeting the needs of the cosmetics market for silicone-free formulations. The previously popular cyclomethicones D4, D5 and D6 have been identified as substances of very high concern and are classified as very persistent and very bioaccumulative. Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate is a well-studied chemical that is readily biodegradable and has a good toxicity profile – it is a very good alternative to critical silicone compounds such as cyclomethicones. Neopentylglycol diheptanoate has excellent properties such as low surface tension, high lubricity and low viscosity. This enables formulations with good flowability offering a silky, non-greasy feel,” said Svea Meuser, Global Marketing Director Acids at OQ Chemicals.

“OQ Chemicals can effectively support its customers’ growth plans. With neopentylglycol diheptanoate, we are completely upstream integrated because we produce all the raw materials ourselves. Thanks to our cross-functional production platforms in Europe, the United States and Asia, we continue to provide our customers with continuous controlled quality and the high security of supply that they expect from us,” said the CEO. of OQ Chemicals, Dr. Oliver Borgmeier. .

About OQ Chemicals

OQ Chemicals (formerly Oxea) is a global manufacturer of Oxo intermediates and Oxo performance chemicals such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines. These are used to produce coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, flavors and fragrances, printing inks and high quality plastics. OQ Chemicals employs more than 1,400 people worldwide and markets its chemicals in more than 60 countries. The company is part of OQ, an integrated energy company originating from Oman. More information is available at

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