Spectrastat™ OEL

Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin (and) Propanediol

Cold Processable Broad Spectrum Preservation System

Spectrastat™ OEL is an optimized combination of multifunctional ingredients that allows formulators to easily create self-preserving formulations by creating an inhospitable environment for microbial growth.

  • Broad pH range
  • Cold processable
  • Liquid and homogenous even at low temperatures
  • Ideal for wet wipes, baby wipes, and cleansing wipes
  • Effective in typical personal care products such as creams, lotions, shower gels, color cosmetics
  • Self-preserving from Hurdle Technology approach
  • Free of parabens, formaldehyde donors, MIT, phenoxyethanol, and other traditional preservatives

Micro summary:

  • Controls bacteria (gram +/-), yeast, and mold
  • Pass results with industry standard tests: EP-A, EP-B, USP51, and PCPC
  • Pass results with recommended use level at pH 4-8: 1.0 – 2.0% (w/w)

Standards & Certifications

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Natural Origin Index: 0.65
Biodegradable
Clean Beauty Preferred
Non-palm Derived
China IECIC Listed
Halal Certified
Vegan & Cruelty-free
Kosher Compliant

How to Use

Recommended Use Level: 1 - 2%

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.

Primary Feedstocks

  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Petrochemical

For more information about the origin and processing of this ingredient, please request a regulatory package.

The Science Behind

This alternative preservation system employs the Hurdle Technology approach, utilizing a combination of multifunctional ingredients to create a hostile environment for microbial growth.

Spectrastat™ OEL includes the following multifunctional components to create a complete broad spectrum preservation system:

  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid: A 100% natural organic acid and chelating agent that prevents the growth of yeast and mold in formulation. Unlike most organic acids used in preservation, caprylhydroxamic acid remains undissociated at neutral pH.
  • Caprylyl Glycol: A skin conditioning agent that prevents the growth of bacteria in formulation
  • Ethylhexylglycerin: A skin conditioning agent that prevents the growth of bacteria in formulation
  • Glycerin: A 100% natural humectant that acts as a carrier for ease of formulation. Glycerin also reduces water activity for preservation effects.

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