INOLEX was recognized for excellence in scientific research earlier this year by the China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI).
The award was presented for the thesis paper Application Prospects of AminoSensyl™: Natural Cationic Amino Lipid. Co-authored by scientists from the INOLEX China Team in Guangzhou, the paper outlines the advanced properties and cosmetic application of INOLEX’s patented AminoSensyl™ technology.
The paper was judged during the CAFFCI Scientific Meeting 2020 and the 13th China Cosmetics Academic Research Conference held in August 2020. The CAFFCI selection is conducted once every two years to bring together significant scientific developments and recognize key innovations moving the industry.
In the research, INOLEX examines AminoSensyl’s 100% natural quat-free conditioning technology as an innovative system with high-performance and superior environmental and safety profiles compared to traditional cationic surfactants. The active component of AminoSensyl™ is Brassicyl Valinate Esylate, which is an amphiphilic and cationic amino lipid which forms lamellar liquid crystalline structures when combined with fatty alcohols. The raw materials of Brassicyl Valinate Esylate are derived entirely from natural sources e.g., L-Valine is derived from biofermentation of sugarcane glucose and provides a natural cationic charge for hair substantivity.
Regulating the pH value of formulations between 4.0–5.0 using calcium gluconate provides cationicity and forms a stable emulsion with a lamellar liquid crystalline structure. The research shows that AminoSensyl™ significantly strengthens hair to resist breakage and conditions damaged hair. It also provides desirable skin feel and stabilized high oil loads providing prolonged moisturizing properties for skin care applications. AminoSensyl™ technology is commercially available as AminoSensyl™ HC for hair care applications and AminoSensyl™ SC for skincare applications.
“We are proud of this achievement that recognizes our scientific expertise in advancing cosmetic ingredients,” said Martin Ma, INOLEX Technical & Marketing Director of Great China.
The thesis was co-authored by INOLEX scientists Jie Xiong, Applications Manager; Luyi Mo, Formulation Chemist; Tingting Liu, Microbiologist; and Mengru Li, Microbiologist.
The INOLEX innovation platform is guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and life-cycle thinking. The company is recognized for its leading proprietary technologies—with an emphasis on natural, plant-based solutions—in Alternative Preservation, Silicone Alternatives, Palm Alternatives, Film Formers, and Conditioning Agents. INOLEX is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is RSPO Supply Chain Certified, and offers 100% of its palm-derived products as RSPO Mass Balance.
Notable product innovation awards include the 2020 Sustainability Award from Henkel Beauty, presented during the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting in Orlando, for LexFeel™ D5, a sustainable, highperformance silicone alternative ingredient; the 2018 ITEHPEC Innovation Award in LATAM for LexFeel™ Vibrant MB, a patented color-enhancing sensory agent; Finalist in the Sustainability Beauty Awards for SustOleo™ MCT, a natural palm-free sensory ingredient alternative that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content; and the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Global Personal Care Product Innovation Leadership Award for Emulsense™, a cationic agent for hair conditioning and skin care that contains 100% USDA certified biobased content.
INOLEX is an independent, global specialty ingredients company that delivers natural, sustainable, and innovative technologies for health, beauty, and wellness. Guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry and lifecycle thinking, INOLEX balances technology and nature to create sustainable, life ingredients. The company delivers emerging ingredients across all major beauty care categories, focusing on new bio-based technologies that are authentically traceable and independently certified. Core technologies include Alternative Preservation; Highperformance Polymers for Sun Care; Alternatives for Silicones; Natural and Quat-free Cationic Conditioning Agents; and Palm Alternatives, with a focus on plant-based, certified natural options in all categories.