The term emollient (from the Latin emolliere "to soften") was expressed in writing in Europe over 200 years ago. The effect of these ingredients is said to have been known for much longer, dating back to ancient Egypt. Emollients are used to soften the skin and hair. They increase the skin's ability to hold water. Their protective effect also prevents germs from penetrating the skin. From a cosmetic point of view, emollients are used to make body tissue more flexible and supple. Skin or hair should become less cracked or rough and should have a smoother look.

Emollients, for example, reduce the roughness of the skin by filling in gaps between the horny cells in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. This increases the surface tension of the skin - the skin appears smoother. This is actually the job of the hydrolipid film, which consists of sweat, water and sebum and is formed by the skin itself.

Healthy skin and hair – even with age

The function of the hydrolipid film decreases, especially in old age, the skin and hair become thinner, they lose their firmness and the barrier function against germs decreases. Emollients can help provide skin and hair with moisture and maintain shine and elasticity.

Emollients are used by the cosmetics industry, for example, in sun protection products, powders, liquid foundations, creams and lotions, gels, shampoos and styling products. Brenntag offers a wide range of natural and synthetic raw materials for your product such as: cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil, waxes, silicones and fatty alcohol. Including many items from our in-house CosVivet line.