Lexgard® MHG Natural MB

Methylheptylglycerin

100% Natural Preservation Component & Anti-Soaping Agent

Lexgard® MHG Natural MB is a multi-benefit component that protects formulations from microbial growth, provides odor control, and minimizes or eliminates soaping in emulsions.

  • Bacteriostatic booster
  • Odor control benefits in deodorant applications
  • Anti-soaping agent in emulsions
  • Pair with silicone alternative emollient for non-soaping silicone-free emulsions
  • Multi-functional medium chain glyceryl ether
  • Entirely plant-based
  • Effective in emulsions, creams and lotions in addition to surfactant-based products such as shower gels, facial cleansers and shampoos
  • Free of parabens, formaldehyde donors, MIT, phenoxyethanol, and other traditional preservatives
  • Building block for a customized Hurdle Technology system

Micro Summary

  • Controls bacteria (gram +/-) and yeast
  • Use in combination with mold control agent for broad spectrum protection

Standards & Certifications

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100% Natural
100% USDA certified biobased content
Natural Origin Index: 1.0
Readily Biodegradable
COSMOS Approved
NATRUE Approved
Halal Certified
NSF/ANSI 305 Approved
Clean Beauty Preferred
Kosher Compliant
Vegan & Cruelty-free
RSPO Mass Balanced Certified

How to Use

Recommended Use Level for Preservation:

  • O/W Emulsion: 0.5 - 1.5%
  • O/W Sunscreens: 1.0 - 1.5%
  • Cleansers: 1.0 - 1.5%
  • Wipe Juices: 1.0 - 1.5%

Recommended Use Level for Anti-Soaping Emulsion:

  • 1.5 - 2.0%

Use Instruction:

  • For use in cold or hot process
  • Mix well before using
  • Add to water phase (below 80°C) or during cool down phase (~40°C).

Please request an Alternative Preservation Formulators Guide for more information

Sustainable Design

Sustainability is embedded in INOLEX's design philosophy. Lexgard® MHG Natural MB design was guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and life cycle thinking.

Green Chemistry & Sustainable Life Cycle Highlights:

  • renewable feedstocks
  • readily biodegradable
  • safe catalysts used
  • no solvents used
  • non-aqueous product
  • benign starting materials makes for safer chemical synthesis
  • contributes to a safely preserved formula for consumer use

Primary Feedstocks

  • Castor
  • Palm

For more information about the origin and processing of this ingredient, please request a Technical & Regulatory Dossier.

Science Behind

This alternative preservation component contributes to creating a hostile environment for microbial growth as part of a Hurdle Technology approach. Lexgard® MHG Natural MB can be a complete system for certain formulations or a component of your broad spectrum customized system.

Methylheptylglycerin is a multifunctional component. It is an anti-soaping agent and skin conditioning agent that prevents the growth of bacteria in formulation.

Preservation Mechanism of Action
Medium-chain amphiphilic compound that interacts with cell membranes (lipid bilayers) enhancing cell permeability.

Deodorant Odor Control Mechanism of Action
Interacts with gram+ bacteria, e.g. Staphylococcus hominis, the gram+ bacteria in the underarm area that is responsible for excreting the malodor-causing thioalcohol

Anti-Soaping Emulsions Mechanism of Action
Amphiphilic methyl-branched C8 carbon chain has higher dynamic surface activity than long chain emulsifiers and reduces emulsifier adsorption at the air-water interface

Prototypes Created With This Product

The Deodorant

This natural deodorant has a smooth glide and dry finish on skin. Natural anti-bacterial agents prohibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

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