Extract the best of Nature and make it available for cosmetic formulations – this is the core of our mission. As a manufacturer of emollients, we have developed technological expertise with fatty substances which enables us to offer emollients of natural origin, presenting unique sensory properties. The main vegetable source for the manufacture of our natural emollients is olive oil.
Natural emollient benefits on the skin
Emollients have a major role in moisturising the skin by countering the evaporation of water, and therefore reducing transepidermal water loss (TWL). They thus prevent the dehydration of the skin and reduce its roughness. Emollients moisturize the skin tissues, and help soften the epidermis. Their nourishing properties are well-known by consumers and in the cosmetic industry.
They will also complement the actions of anti-inflammatories by soothing irritated superficial skin tissue. For example, natural emollients can be recommended to help the skin rebuild itself between eczema rashes. Indeed, after an eczema rash, the epidermis barrier is deteriorated, and thus the skin becomes more permeable to irritating and allergens agents. Using an emollient between rashes can help prevent the epidermis barrier attrition, and will bring comfort to the skin.
Moreover, emollients are very appreciated for their sensory properties: during and after the application, they provide a soothing sensation
Emollient oil focus
Emollients can be integrated in different type of products, and be of different types.
According to the concentration of the main ingredient of the emollient, and to its form, the benefits will vary. For example, they can be integrated in a lotion, which is light and easily spreadable, but it won’t be the most nourishing. It can be integrated in ointment, and bring high moisturising effect, but will not be as easy as use as in a lotion. Emollients can be sourced for instance from vegetable oils, or to be synthetized for more economical formulas.
Oil emollients present certain benefits:
– it is the most natural type of emollient. Three out of four of our emollients are vegetable sourced (olive)
– oils form a protective barrier at the surface of the skin
– oils and water do not mix well together. Thanks to the protective barrier formed on the epidermis, the trans epidermal water loss is much reduced when using an oil emollient.
– in the case of olive-sourced emollient, as it contains squalane in it, it is a highly moisturizing agent.
– they bring a soothing and softening sensation right after the application of the product. They create a protective film to the surface of the skin that has a protective and moisturizing action on the epidermis.
Sophim’s natural emollients
Our emollients have a very strong affinity with the skin and are recommended for many cosmetic applications such as:
- Facial care: creams, serums, anti-aging,
- Body care: lotions, dry oils, combined care of mothers and infants
- Hair care: balms, hair conditioners, healing serums
The strong affinity of our emollients with the skin also enables them to enrich the composition of specific formulations for skin with atopic tendency. With our emollients, your cosmetic formulations will be able to guarantee the reinforcement of cutaneous barrier, protection, and comfort of use.
Phytosqualan is our olive-sourced emollient. Its is a high performing natural emollient, bringing optimal comfort to the skin.
Phytosqualan promotes a faster restoration of the skin barrier function. Thanks to its great moisturizing properties and its protective action, the use of Phytosqualan shows a significant improvement of skin elasticity, firmness, and of course, moisturizing.
It also brings comfort in the application of the formula, thanks to its good spreading properties and skin penetration.
Olive oil is mainly composed by triglycerides, containing fatty acids, and by a minor fraction of unsaponifiables. This fraction is where can be found squalene or tocopherols for instance, which have very good actions on the epidermis hydration. Insapolive is a fraction of unsaponifiables from olive oil, to which we added squalene to enrich it.
Insapolive thus have very good moisturizing properties, and also spreading and absorption. It also has an efficient soothing and regenerating properties of the epithelium; this is why it is used in the preparation of after-sun protections. Its photoprotector activity makes it a good ingredient for sun protection products.
Biophytosebum is a natural emollient, also olive-sourced, with dry feel. Very easy to use in the oily part of the formulation, it restores the suppleness of the epidermis, is a great long-lasting moisturizer, and is a smooth-carrier for active ingredients. It is a sustainable alternative to silicones.
Biophytosebum also adds comfort to the finished product, thanks to its easy spreadability and quick penetration of the skin. It gives a dry and velvety after-feel, which is a great asset for the sensoriality of the formulation, such as in cream care for instance.
Its applications are numerous, from skin care creams to massage oils, but also for make-up with care effects, shaving or deodorant products, and sun and after-sun products. It is also a great ingredient for hair products, thanks to its deep hydration properties.
Sophim MC30 is an economic versatile base oil. It is hydrogenated polyisobutene, a polymer offering moisturizing and waterproof properties. This light emollient is a clear fluid oil, with properties similar to squalane. It is also a good fixating agent, providing stability to the formula.
It restores the skin suppleness, and has good spreading properties and fast absorption capacities.
Sophim MC30’s applications are mainly for hair care as it gives a silky touch, and conditions hair without build-up, and for make-up, thanks to its ability to help the pigments to disperse.