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Fascinating Silicone™Applications – Microencapsulation

The marvels of microencapsulation

Today’s consumers are captivated by skin- and haircare products that feel, smell, and look intriguing. One of the hottest new ways to engage their senses is by combining the proven performance of silicones with other high-value materials through the marvels of microencapsulation.

With microencapsulation delivery technology, it is possible to protect unstable cosmetic actives, provide timed or sustained release, or combine previously incompatible ingredients in a single formulation.

Microcapsules can contain pigments, fragrances, vitamins, healing actives, and a variety of hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials. These materials remain separated from the rest of the formulation, safe inside their microcapsule “shells,” until they are released at the time of use. Silicone can be used in the microcapsule, in the suspending medium, or in both.

By combining silicones and microencapsulation technology, it is possible to create distinctive and surprising effects that go beyond the expected – like colors and fragrances that blossom upon application or the appeal of “natural” ingredients combined with the sensuous feel and easy spreadability of silicone.

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