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Say What! Ethyl macadamiate.

Posted on: May 1, 2009

Ethyl macadamiate is a plant-derived (from macademia oil) alternative to synthetic silicones. It is especially non-greasy and non-sticky with excellent spreadability. It helps make the skin feel soft and healthy.

Ethyl Macadamiate is a clear, colorless liquid at room temperature, with a typical fatty ester odor. Ethyl Macadamiate’s melting (congealing) point is 10°C. and its specific gravity is 0.88. Ethyl Macadamiate spreads very aggressively, and has a light, nongreasy dry skinfeel similar to that of some silicone derivatives, however, Ethyl Macadamiate is non-volatile.

Ethyl Macadamiate is used in cosmetics, especially in skincare, haircare and suncare formulation. The dry skinfeel and high spread make Ethyl Macadamiate well suited for increasing sunscreen coverage. Ethyl Macadamiate is a promising alternative to cyclomethicone and dimethicone as a skinfeel modifier where a botanical, nonvolatile and/or lipid-soluble substance is preferred

sources: purist.com and wikipedia.com picture from coletrain.com

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2 Responses to "Say What! Ethyl macadamiate."

I’m curious about whether it works on hair as a substitute for silicone derivatives.

From the ingredient lists that I have checked out they dont seem to use itas a substitute, they use it more in conjuction with other cones. Maybe it minimizes the amount they have to use overall. Aveda dry remedy shampoo and mask both use ethyl macadamiate along with dimethicone. Paula’s choice, tigi bead head and Jason are some other companies who use this ingredient in there products.

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