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Dow Corning® FZ-3196 Formulator Silicone Solutions

A luxurious carrier for your formulations with vegetable oils

The popularity of “natural” personal care products among consumers remains strong. However, the use of ingredients of natural origin presents aesthetic issues: Vegetable oils can leave residues on the skin, or feel tacky and greasy. Consumers want products that contain vegetable oils without sacrificing a light, non-greasy feel. You can meet this need with Dow Corning® FZ-3196.

Compatible with a wide range of ingredients

Dow Corning® FZ-3196 can improve the overall sensory profile of your formulations. This high-quality volatile alkyl methyl siloxane fluid is a unique solution for formulators of skin care, sun care, color cosmetics, and hair care products. It offers moderate volatility, affordable cost-in-use, and excellent compatibility with a wide range of ingredients. Use it with vegetable oils or other naturals for enhanced sensory benefits, as a carrier for other ingredients, or as a dispersing medium for hydrophobic powders and pigments.


  • Light, silky smooth feel
  • Moderate volatility – feels less dry than more volatile materials
  • Improved spreadability & reduced tackiness and greasy feel of vegetable oils
  • Excellent spreadability
  • Excellent compatibility with both silicones and organic materials
  • Co-solubilizer between silicone and organic oils
  • Clear and colorless
  • Easy to handle

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Compared to vegetable oil alone, Dow Corning® FZ-3196 Fluid in a 50/50 blend with vegetable oils significantly increases the perceived wetness and spreadability before skin absorption, as well as reducing tackiness. After absorption, perceived slipperiness increases and tackiness, film residue, and greasiness on skin decline. For details, see the Product Guide (PDF).

Product Information
> Dow Corning® FZ-3196 Product Guide (PDF)
> A Volatile Carrier for Luxurious, Light Sensations in Skin Care Applications Technical Article (PDF)
> Dow Corning® FZ-3196 Data Sheet (PDF)
> Dow Corning® FZ-3196 Product Details
> Skin Moisturizing Butter (PDF)
> Light & Soft Clear Massage Gel with Natural Oil (PDF)
> Hairspray with Jojoba Seed Oil (PDF)
> Silky Smooth Oil-in-Water Sun Screen (PDF)
> Silk Emulsion Silicone-in-Water Skin Cream with Camelina Sativa Seed Oil (PDF)
> More formulations with FZ-3196
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