The February Meeting will be held at the Montgomery Inn’s original location at 9440 Montgomery Rd on February 15th, 2017.
The schedule for the night will include:
5-6pm: Social hour
Speaker: Paige Krzyskowski
Topic: Understanding Silicones in the Personal Care Market
Silicones are a very broad chemical family and not just a single material. Silicone is a generic term for silicone-based materials. The most well-known structure is a polymer which contains silicon and oxygen atoms. The main chain is Si-O with attached methyl groups. The variations on the above structure are almost endless, making silicone chemistry almost as broad as carbon chemistry.
The use of silicones in skin care started as early as 1958, when Revlon® commercialized a hand cream called Silicare with the following positioning: “Silicare forms an invisible glove to protect your hands. Its amazing water-repellent power keeps detergent water away.” In the 1960s, the use of volatile silicone dramatically improved the overall quality of antiperspirant products, reducing transfer of antiperspirant salts which resulted in reduced staining of clothes, reducing the sting (no alcohol), and offering improved spreadability. From the 1980s onward, the use of silicone materials expanded to all skin care segments and was recognized as a turning point allowing an entirely different feel and solubility characteristics offering new possibilities versus conventional organic materials for care and cosmetics.
Silicones have been widely used in a range of hair care products since the 1970s, starting with use in hair sprays for plasticizing the styling resins. “Toni” Gilette launched a home permanent product containing amodimethicone in 1975. In the mid-1980s, a totally new application, hair serums, were launched. These materials mainly contain silicone gum dispersed in volatile silicones and were positioned to mend hair split ends but also acted as conditioner for shine, easy combing and smoothness. These products still exist today. At the end of the 1990s, amino silicones made their entrance, providing protection against color fade and maintenance of depth of color and gloss when added into the colorant formulation itself, but also from shampoos and conditioners in addition to their well- known conditioning performance. Silicones have been used in hair care products for over 40 years. According to a Mintel search on new product launches for hair care, silicone usage in 2015 remains high at 59.1%. Silicone usage continues to be highest in conditioners and hair treatment applications.
Silicone made its mark in personal care history and has earned its place in the future. This talk will expand your silicone chemistry knowledge, starting with the basics of silicone chemistry and how we can build upon it to make new molecules for our innovative formulations and future personal care needs.