1,2-Hexanediol

A multi-functional formula helper. It is a well-studied preservtive against bacteria and can help pigments and fragrances disperse evenly in a formula.
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1,2-Hexanediol

Overview

1,2-Hexanediol is commonly used as a preservative and a preservative-boosting ingredient. While it can be used alone in a formula, it is most well-studied against bacteria, so a supporting antifungal preservative would be beneficial in the formula as well.

Additionally, 1,2-hexanediol can be used as a solvent. This thin liquid is excellent at dispersing minerals, such as pigments, before adding them into higher viscosity liquids.

1,2-Hexanediol can also serve as a solubilizer, in which it disperses small amounts of oily substances, such as fragrances, into a water system while maintaining its clarity.