In personal care, it is an ingredient used to reduce crystallization and brittleness. Plasticizers are also used to create and promote durability, plasticity, and flexibility.
Plasticizers are multifunctional tools that will support all types of formulation. They will give the formula both consistency and stability. They also create creamy textures in high wax content formulas. Finally, they can fix a myriad of formulation challenges.
Plasticizers are the answer to issues in problematic systems. They can fix graininess that occurs when solids migrate and agglomerate. They stop spontaneous crystallization in formulas with high percentages of butters, otherwise known as “seeding”. They can fix thermal stability issues by increasing melt point, without affecting the overall texture.
They will also add consistency to formulas. Chemists can add a plasticizer to systems for more control in scale up processing. They can also reduce stability issues caused by incorrect liquid to wax ratios, and they give compatibility to systems that require it.
By building a plasticizer into a formulation, chemists can reduce or eliminate a multitude of issues before they start.