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Personal care

Pure performance

Zemea® propanediol is a versatile, 100% plant-based humectant for cosmetic formulations. Its benefits include 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 naturally-derived organic 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 is effective in the following personal care applications:

  • 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

The benefits of Zemea® propanediol 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 personal care applications, including:


Zemea® propanediol promotes solubility in cosmetic formulations while reducing skin irritation by replacing petroleum.

Skin care

Achieve high-scoring sensorials without skin irritation through the unique performance benefits of Zemea® propanediol for skin care products.

Hair care

With enhanced moisturization and reduced skin irritation, Zemea® propanediol brings versatile performance to hair care formulations.

Oral care

Zemea® propanediol helps incorporate flavors in reduced-alcohol mouthwash and achieves excellent gelling in toothpaste.

Deodorants & antiperspirants

Zemea® propanediol helps deodorant and antiperspirant formulators solve the key challenges of clarity, stability, aesthetics and durability.

Where to buy

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Request a sample

Product formulators and designers are invited to request a sample for application testing.