AAK Personal Care has launched Lipex SheaLuxe TR, a fully traceable shea-based emollient ester said to be an eco-friendly alternative to non-volatile silicones.
The US maker says it is ideal for light skin care formulations requiring a soft, silky texture and non-greasy after-feel.
Lipex SheaLuxe TR has a similar sensory profile to low molecular weight dimethicone in terms of viscosity, spreadability, and skin feel during and after application.
It is colourless with a neutral odour, low viscosity, good spreadability, and a light, dry after-feel with no greasy residue, making it an excellent natural alternative.
It is miscible with plant-based oils and butter. Additionally, it is compatible and miscible with ethanol, making it suitable for sun care oils.
In addition to its functional benefits, its superior sustainability credentials set it apart from alkanes and other plant-based esters.
As with many of these, Lipex SheaLuxe TR is readily biodegradable and uses renewable resources processed using low temperatures and non-toxic catalysts but goes one step further as a fully traceable, climate-compensated product.
Lipex SheaLuxe TR is produced using only shea kernels from a segregated supply chain, fully traceable to the AAK Kolo Nafaso direct sourcing program in West Africa, meeting consumer demand for ingredients that positively contribute to social, economic, and environmental wellbeing.
“Lipex SheaLuxe TR is one of our climate-compensated shea products, which means we have calculated and offset emissions with Gold Standard and Fairtrade carbon credits generated by a FairClimate Fund cookstove project in Burkina Faso that funds climate action in the shea supply base and directly improves the lives of local communities,” said a spokesperson.