OleoFlex is a hybrid material comprised of natural oils and an advanced synthetic polymer blend. The result is a flexible, anhydrous structurant that has many unique applications in personal care and color cosmetic formulations. There are two series of OleoFlex products – the Elastomer Gel (EG) series, and the Flowing Gel (FG) series.

The EG 200 series structures oils by creating a three-dimensional micro-sponge polymer network, resulting in a thermal-reversible, viscoelastic gel texture. It is generally used in skin care and “stick” applications that require a more flexible substantiation of natural oils along with a more soft and cushioned sensory profile.  The FG series is primarily used in both hair care and lip care formulations as a film former and conditioning enhancer for natural oils.  It is also used in combination with the EG series to modify the flow and elasticity of the polymeric structure.  

OleoFlex Products

Trade Name INCI
OleoFLEX EG 200 Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer
OleoFLEX FG 100 Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer
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Features & Applications of OleoFlex

Product Primary Application Secondary Application Features
OleoFLEX EG 200
  • Structurant for stick formulations
  • Body butters, scrubs, and masks
  • Lotions and creams
  • Haircare - restorative conditioners, hair repair
  • Binding agent in pressed powders
Translucent elastomeric gel, used as a co-structurant and texturizer to create flexibility and bounce in non-silicone oils
OleoFLEX FG 100
  • Hair care repair serums and conditioners with anti-frizz claims
  • Deep conditioning formulations with natural oils
  • Lip treatments and balms
  • Combine with EG 200 to control elasticity and flow
Clear honey-like flowable gel, used as a film former and mild viscosity modifier for non-silicone oils

OleoFLEX Application: Stabilizing Sugar Scrubs

Consumers are used to typical commerical sugar scrubs (A) having a number of standard issues:

  • Poor stability, with oil pooling on top
  • Uneven texture due to high levels of waxes and butters
  • Microbiology issues when used in the shower due to packaging 

On the other hand, sugar scrubs using OleoFLEX (B) can now be stabilized with a flexible structure, allowing them to be used in more versatile packaging types. 

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