Celebrating its 145th anniversary and 40th year of being proudly independent
INOLEX is marking its advancement as a sustainable beauty care ingredients provider this month, celebrating the 145th anniversary of the company’s founding alongside forty years of being proudly independent.
To commemorate the occasion, the company hosted a private ribbon cutting event for its employees at its flagship manufacturing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Thursday, September 9th.
“The festivity was a belated but well-deserved recognition of our team and our newly established flagship manufacturing operations, as well as our resilience as a company,” said David Plimpton, CEO & President of INOLEX. “We set a vision to equip the organization with the talent and the infrastructure to deliver sustainable innovation into the future, and we are doing just that.”
INOLEX began its journey in the 1800s producing fats, oils, and derivatives. It has since expanded into ten countries with a focus on plant-derived ingredients for beauty care and personal care. The company’s portfolio of performance driven, sustainable technologies embrace the Principles of Green Chemistry and ingredient life-cycle thinking. Recent innovations include 100% natural and sustainable amino lipid technology for hair care, 100% natural and sustainable replacements for silicones, and 100% natural alternatives for safe preservation.
“Innovation comes in many forms,” said Plimpton. “The company has transformed over the course of 145 years, and our position to remain an independent firm affords us the flexibility to decide what we do next. We are incredibly energized by our people, our passion for science and technology, and our direction to set a new benchmark for ingredient design.”
INOLEX broke ground on its flagship Charlotte, North Carolina USA manufacturing site in 2018, reinvigorating an existing structure to specification rather than constructing on a greenfield site. It is now home for a significant portion of the company’s employee base, serving customers world-wide as the company’s primary manufacturing, warehousing, and fulfillment location.
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 ingredients. The company delivers emerging ingredients across all major beauty care categories, focusing on new biobased technologies that are authentically traceable and independently certified. Core technologies include Alternative Preservation; Biodegradable 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.
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 exclusively 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 2020 HPCI Innovation Award for AminoSensyl™ Amino Lipid Platform of 100% natural, quat-free conditioning ingredients; the 2018 ITEHPEC Innovation Award in LATAM for LexFeel™ Vibrant, 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.