As an expert in the manufacture of natural ingredients for cosmetics, SOPHIM has developed many alternatives to petrochemical ingredients. Since its creation, SOPHIM’s mission has been to provide the cosmetic industry with natural ingredients, such as natural wax alternatives to animal or synthetic ingredients, and texturing agents such as VEGELINE as an alternative to petroleum jelly.
What is petroleum jelly ?
Petroleum jelly (petrolatum), and more specifically Vaseline, has been used for decades in cosmetics, to prevent lips cracking or as a moisturiser for the skin and hair.
Known for over 100 years, Vaseline has a prominent place in the list of cosmetic ingredients. Its chemical nature and colloidal microstructure give it multiple properties: healing, moisturising, protective, emollient, etc.
Petroleum jelly is a purified mixture of long-chain saturated hydrocarbons. Its chemical and physiological inertness makes it a multifunctional ingredient, and a very good carrier of active ingredients. Petroleum jelly is inert, and therefore totally compatible with any active ingredient. Petroleum jelly-based ointments are known to be good delivery systems for active ingredients in terms of efficacy.
Its hydrophobic character is responsible for its occlusive property. When used on dry skin, it helps prevent insensible water loss by creating a protective layer below the skin’s surface. By blocking moisture, petroleum jelly helps the skin to regenerate.
Petroleum jelly is present in a large number of cosmetic products: facial care formulas, body care, as well as in make-up and hair care formulas. In all these cosmetic formulas, its texture is essential. It improves the look, feel and spreadability of the product, as well as its ability to add shine to the hair. Because of these properties, it is also widely used in sports.
Distrust of petrochemicals raw materials
However, today, companies in the cosmetics industry tend to look for a natural alternative to petroleum jelly. End consumers are looking for natural ingredients in their formulas and are increasingly aware of INCI naming through smartphone apps such as ThinkDirty, GoodGuide or Yuka.
In what has become a purchasing process, customers are now seeking information and educating themselves before making the final decision. The environmental impact of the product is also a new criterion that is taken into account. As a result, cosmetic brands are replacing petrochemical ingredients with natural alternatives.
In response to this market evolution, and as an expert in the manufacturing process of fats, SOPHIM offers two grades of VEGELINE, a natural substitute for petrolatum, paraffin and other petrochemical raw materials.
VEGELINE, a natural substitute for petroleum jelly
What is VEGELINE ?
VEGELINE is a 100% plant-based texturising emollient and petroleum jelly substitute: it is an alternative to petrolatum, petroleum jelly, paraffin and petrochemical raw materials. It is composed of castor oil and carnauba wax to offer benefits not only to the skin but also to the formulas.
VEGELINE has similar texturising effects to petrolatum but improved properties for cosmetic use.
It has a moisture retention effect, preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Vegeline has a water-resistant function offered by its original blend of castor oil and carnauba wax. Compared to petrochemical oils or polymers, VEGELINE® has better skin compatibility. It is non-irritating and non-comedogenic.
VEGELINE® offers film-forming properties for long-lasting effect and skin protection.
It can also be used as a thickening agent for the oil phase of the formulation, and gives structure, consistency and viscosity to finished products.
Due to its diverse properties, VEGELINE is recommended as a natural emollient for face and body care formulas such as moisturisers, after-shower lotions or body milks.
This alternative to petroleum jelly is also a moisturising and texturising agent in lipsticks and lip balms, and a nourishing base in hair care products such as conditioners, creamy shampoos, gels, waxes.
VEGELINE provides water resistance to sunscreen and after-sun products, and is also used as a texturising agent in make-up products such as foundations.
VEGELINE, a sensoriality asset
VEGELINE is the perfect synergy of plant ingredients offering new alternatives and solutions for sustainable products. In addition to being a substitute for petroleum jelly, and beneficial to the skin, it brings a sensorial texture to the formula, and has a great affinity with the skin.
VEGELINE is a sensorial asset because it is an emollient with a pleasant touch, much less greasy than petrolatum and without any sticky residual effect. VEGELINE is soft to use, has sensory properties and a mild aftertaste like vegetable butters, offering real comfort during and after application.
VEGELINE is available in two grades, VEGELINE 65 and VEGELINE 70, for two melting ranges, to offer an optimal choice for your formulations. It is easily incorporated into the oil phase and is an oxidation stable ingredient. VEGELINE is compatible with all types of emollients.