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Whether COVID-19 has strained your inventory and increased your production demand, or you see a bright future in hand hygiene and want to join the category, INOLEX ingredients can help you fulfill your needs. In this article we will cover 3 crucial issues and provide technology solutions for each of those.

  1. Improving Aesthetics in Hand Sanitizers
  2. Creating Gentle Cleansing
  3. Preserving Hand Cleansers

Improving Aesthetics in Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be drying when used multiple times a day. Humectants like Lexgard® O or Lexgard® Natural GC88 MB and skin conditioning emollients like Lexol™ IPM-NF MB, LexFeel™ 7, and LexFeel™ Natural provide skin moisturization so consumers can have soft, moisturized skin even when using product all day long to protect themselves.

Ingredients for Improving Aesthetics in Hand Sanitizers

LexFeel™ Natural

COSMOS Approved Lightweight Emollient
  • 100% natural, COSMOS & NATRUE Approved
  • Replace mineral oils and silicones
  • Fast spreading and quick absorbing with excellent slip
  • Widely compliant and green chemistry designed
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Lexorez® 100 MB

All-Purpose Water-Resistant Film Former
  • Readily biodegradable soft film former
  • Improve transfer resistance
  • Achieve water resistance & optimize SPF value
  • Liquid pourable format
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Lexgard® O

Humectant and Bacteriostatic Preservation Component
  • Widely used preservation component
  • Humectant, moisturizer, & wetting agent
  • Strong protection against bacteria
  • Alternative to traditional preservatives
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Lexgard® GC88 Natural MB

100% Natural Multi-Functional Preservation Component
  • 88% monoester content version of glyceryl caprylate
  • 100% plant-based & COSMOS certified
  • Strong performance against bacteria
  • Create all-natural preservation systems
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Lexol™ IPM-NF MB

Sensory Emollient
  • High quality isopropyl myristate
  • Derived from RSPO Mass Balance palm oil
  • 84% certified biobased content
  • Industry-standard emollient
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Lexemul® EGDS MB

Opacifying & Pearlizing Agent
  • Pearlizing & opacifying agent
  • 97% certified biobased content
  • From premium grade stearic acid
  • Derived from RSPO Mass Balance Palm
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Creating Gentle Cleansing

Healthcare workers and dermatologists know... as hand washing becomes more prevalent, consumers will start to feel higher levels of dryness and irritation after hand washing. The first step in protection against this: selecting less irritating products. Kerazyne™ MB has been shown to significantly reduce the irritation potential of traditional hand cleansing formulations, including sulfate-free formulations. Expression of IL-1α, an inflammatory marker, indicates the irritation potential of an Alpha Olefin Sulfonate hand wash with and without Kerazyne™ MB. Including 1-2 wt% of Kerazyne™ MB in a hand soap formulation can significantly reduce the potential for skin dryness and redness. This clean rinsing conditioning polymer also adds a feeling of softness. Milder and gentle hand soaps for consumer and professional use will become a significant market need as behaviors shift to more frequent hand hygiene product use.

Many ingredients in cosmetic products can irritate teh skin. Although not strongly irritating or corrosive, surfactants, both sulfate-based and sulfate-free surfactants, have the potential to induce skin irritation especially with frequent and repeated use of hand washes. The EpiDerm Study with cytokine analysis is an in vitro test that combines the release of cytokines with a standard irritation assay in order to resolve levels of irritation to non-to-mildly irritating products. This evaluation provides the skin irritation potential of topically applied test materials by assaying for both tissue viability (MTT assay) and pro-inflammatory cytokine analysis such as interleukin L-1α, (ELISA assay). The greater the cytokine expression, the higher the potential for skin irritation to be induced by the tested product when used as directed. For more information about this test visit www.iivs.org.

1. WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care (Section 14). 2009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK144008/

Ingredients for Creating Gentle Cleansing

Kerazyne™ MB

Anti-Static & Conditioning Additive
  • Quat-free cationic conditioning additive
  • Reduce static charge
  • Improve gloss and lubricity
  • Create amodimethicone-free hair care
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Preserving Hand Cleansers

Hand washing has become more prevalent as consumers look to safeguard themselves and their families against seasonal illnesses. Hand washes are traditionally made with high water content so adequate preservation is critical to providing a safe product. Consumer interest in safer and more natural preservation alternatives will become even more heightened as they use more hand cleansers. Alternative options to preservation give consumers the ingredient peace of mind they desire and the safety they need.

Ingredients for Preserving Hand Cleansers

Lexgard® E

Multi-Functional Humectant & Preservation Component
  • Anti-soaping effect & skin conditioning agent
  • Bacteriostatic component for preservation
  • Create alternative systems with Hurdle Technology
  • Multi-benefit ingredient
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Lexgard® O

Humectant and Bacteriostatic Preservation Component
  • Widely used preservation component
  • Humectant, moisturizer, & wetting agent
  • Strong protection against bacteria
  • Alternative to traditional preservatives
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Lexgard® Natural MB

100% Plant-Based Optimized Preservation Combination
  • 100% natural & COSMOS certified
  • Optimized bacteriostatic system
  • Emollient, co-emulsifier, & skin re-fatting agent
  • Create alternative preservation systems
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Lexgard® GC88 Natural MB

100% Natural Multi-Functional Preservation Component
  • 88% monoester content version of glyceryl caprylate
  • 100% plant-based & COSMOS certified
  • Strong performance against bacteria
  • Create all-natural preservation systems
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Spectrastat™

Versatile Broad Spectrum Preservation System
  • Protect against bacteria, yeast, and mold
  • Pass industry standard tests at wide pH range
  • Alternative to traditional preservatives
  • Widely used in the market
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Spectrastat™ E

Versatile Broad Spectrum Preservation System
  • Optimized for a wide pH range
  • Broad spectrum performance from Hurdle Technology approach
  • Go phenoxyethanol-free
  • Effective in wide range of product types
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Spectrastat™ PHL

Water Soluble, Non-Irritating Complete Preservation System
  • Cold processable
  • Non-irritating to skin
  • Broad spectrum performance, pass industry standard-tests
  • Natural-derived, 66% biobased content
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Spectrastat™ G2 Natural MB

100% Natural Broad Spectrum Preservation System
  • Plant-based preservation system
  • NATRUE approved & 100% biobased content
  • Broad spectrum performance
  • Pass industry-standard challenge test
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