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Clariant, Elevance Join Forces for Green Silicone Alternatives

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Clariant and Elevance Renewable Sciences have expanded their collaboration in order to answer demand for alternatives to silicones; the resulting emollients reportedly deliver the spreadability, conditioning, shine and skin feel of silicones, plus added sustainable benefits and without potential regulatory woes. 

Launched this spring, the line includes:

Plantasens Flash 80—A lightweight emollient with a satin-like after feel and quick spreading and absorption. Recommended for use in skin care with a short playtime, along with in deodorants, makeup, leave-in conditioners and other hair care applications. (INCI: Dodecane)

Plantasens Flash 100—This option reportedly spreads quickly with a smooth after feel and medium-to-long playtime. Recommended applications include lightweight makeup, sun and body care, along with shampoos, masks and products created for dry and sensitive skin. (INCI: Tridecane and Pentadecane)

The two ingredients were created through Elevance's specialty plant oil chemicals, which are derived using environmentally friendly metathesis catalyst technology.

"This next phase in our strategic alliance will enable Clariant to advance its Natural Green Performers product range through the creation of ground-breaking ingredients. Thanks to the versatility of the process, we will deliver a new generation of emollients that are more respectful to the environment, while still maintaining a high degree of functionality," commented Ralf Zerrer, head of strategic marketing and innovation, Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties, Clariant.

Rusty Pittman, chief commercial officer, Elevance, added: "We are excited to collaborate with Clariant on the commercialization of their new Plantasens Flash product line, which utilize Elevance alkanes derived from plant oils. Clariant is a leader in natural, personal care ingredients and fosters a collaborative approach to business, making them an exceptional partner for us."