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  • In the late 1800’s, DB Martin Company began producing fatty acids, rendered fat for oil lamps.
  • By the mid 1900’s, scientists began applying ester technology for personal care and lubricants products.
  • In 1970’s the company was sold to American Can (now Travelers/Citi) and rebranded as INOLEX.
  • In the early 1980’s the business was acquired by the Plimpton family which has owned INOLEX ever since.
  • Over the next two and half decades, INOLEX began to develop and launch a variety of specialty products for the industrial lubricant and personal care markets.
  • We further emphasized our commitment to specialty products with the divesture of our polyester / urethane business in 2007.
  • As we strengthened our partnerships with leading brands across the globe, our world-wide presence grew – establishing offices in France, Germany, China, Japan, and Brazil.
  • Our acquisition of French natural extracts company ieS Labo in 2015 demonstrated a continued commitment to providing our clients with high quality, natural ingredients.
  • In 2016, INOLEX divested of its industrial lubricants division, to fully focus on the Beauty Care market.
  • Today we celebrate 125 years of technology, innovation and excellence, with a clear plan for continued growth in alternative, natural and green chemistry.  




Jan. 13, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA USA)
INOLEX announces the sale of Lexolube

Sept. 30, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA USA)
Cristina Saiani to lead new INOLEX headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sept. 28, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA USA)
INOLEX's Daniel Sujo Awarded Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year

Sept. 7, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA USA)
INOLEX Appoints New Global Head of Sales
 - Art Knox

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About Us

INOLEX is an independent, global personal care ingredients manufacturing company focused on the Beauty and Personal Care market.
With a deep understanding of lifestyle trends and expertise in synthesis and formulation, INOLEX provides innovative materials used by the world's leading cosmetic and consumer product companies. 


These include new non-toxic technologies for preserving cosmetics, high performance polymers for Sun are applications and renewable green-chemistry ingredients that replace petrochemicals.

INOLEX is solution focused and is committed to providing  innovative and safe ingredients for hair care, skin care and all cosmetic applications. Using sustainable technologies, INOLEX is dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity and sustainability in all that we do.

Where We Are

INOLEX Corporate Headquarters
2101 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148 USA

office +1 215 271 0800
fax     +1 215 271 6282
email info@inolex.com