PEG-12 Dimethicone Fluid

What are Dimethicones? Dimethicones are linear, Polydimethylsiloxanes with viscosities ranging from 1.5cSt to 20 million cSt. They are clear, colorless, odorless and inert fluids that are used in a wide array of cosmetic formulations. Dimethicones are characterized by their softening effect on skin and hair. They are hydrophobic (water-repellent) without restricting respiration of the skin, which makes them beneficial in skin creams and lotions. The inertness of the fluids enhance the stability and shelf life of the cosmetic formulations.

Dimethicones are compatible with a wide variety of cosmetic solvents and are particularly effective when blended with cyclomethicones. Lower viscosities have lower surface tensions and greater miscibility in mineral oils, light esters and suntan agents.

Due to these characteristics, Dimethicones are widely used in skin creams, suntan lotions, hair conditioners, bath oils, shaving foams, shampoos, etc..

CAS No: 68937-54-2…Dimethyl, methyl(polyethylene oxide) siloxanes

INCI Name: PEG-12 Dimethicone

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Availability: 1-gallon (3.6kg), 5-gallon (18kg), & 55-gallon drums (180kg)

Product Equivalent: Dow Corning® 193 Fluid, Dow Corning® 5324 Fluid, GE SF1288 Fluid


Use: Clearco PEG-12 Dimethicone is a silicone glycol copolymer soluble in water, alcohol, and hydro-alcoholic systems. It acts as a surface tension depressant, wetting agent, emulsifier and foam builder in a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care products, including hair sprays, shampoos, skin care, lotions, perfumes and shaving soaps.

PEG-12 gives a stable foam. In conditioning shampoos, it provides wet and dry combing in addition to imparting a silky, soft feel to the hair without build up even after repeated wash cycles. It provides the properties of conditioning, emolliency and detackification in both body and hair shower products.

Features & Benefits:

  • Effective surface tension depressant
  • Excellent conditioning
  • Imparts a silky soft feel for the hair
  • Detackifies greasy formulations
  • Good foam builder
  • Low usage levels required
  • Compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients
  • Ensures smooth wet shaving foams Non-irritant to the skin