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DOWSIL™ FZ-3196 Fluid

Aunique solution for formulators of skin care, sun care, or color cosmetic products. Caprylyl Methicone combines a light, silky feel, excellent spreadability and moderate volatility with excellent compatibility with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients (such as natural oils), of which it improves the overall sensory profile by reducing greasiness and tackiness. It is a caprylyl branched trisiloxane. The siloxane consists of three silicon atoms which is the shortest Dimethicone, and octyl group is attached on the middle silicon. INCI Name: Caprylyl Methicone


  • Light, silky smooth feel
  • Moderate volatility – feels less dry than more volatile materials 
  • Improved spreadability and reduced tackiness and greasy feel of vegetable oils
  • Excellent spreadability
  • Excellent compatibility with both silicones and organic materials 
  • Co-solubilizer between silicone and organic oils 
  • Clear and colorless 
  • Easy to handle
  • Listed in the Catalogue of Cosmetics Ingredients used in China


These values are typical properties and are not intended for use in preparing specifications.

  • Color Yes No Colorless, Light Amber
  • Fire Resistant Yes No true
  • Flash Point, Closed Cup Yes No 110 °C
  • Improved Spreading Yes No true
  • Internal Phase Viscosity Yes No 2.9 Centistokes
  • Non-Occlusive Yes No true
  • Nonvolatile Content Yes No 0 %
  • Optically Clear Yes No true
  • Reduced Yes No Greasiness, Tackiness
  • Refractive Index Yes No 1.413
  • Specific Gravity @ 25C Yes No 0.84
  • Surface Tension Yes No 20.4 mN/m

A luxurious carrier for your formulations with vegetable oils

Consumers want products that contain vegetable oils without sacrificing a light, non-greasy feel. You can meet this need with DOWSIL™ FZ-3196 Fluid.

Compatible with a wide range of ingredients

DOWSIL™ FZ-3196 Fluid can improve the overall sensory profile of your formulations. This high-quality volatile alkyl methyl siloxane fluid is a unique solution for formulators of skin care, sun care, color cosmetics, and hair care products. It offers moderate volatility, affordable cost-in-use, and excellent compatibility with a wide range of ingredients. Use it with vegetable oils or other naturals for enhanced sensory benefits, as a carrier for other ingredients, or as a dispersing medium for hydrophobic powders and pigments.

Compared to vegetable oil alone, DOWSIL™ FZ-3196 Fluid in a 50/50 blend with vegetable oils significantly increases the perceived wetness and spreadability before skin absorption, as well as reducing tackiness. After absorption, perceived slipperiness increases and tackiness, film residue, and greasiness on skin decline.

  • XIAMETER™ PMX-1501 Fluid
    A blend of an ultra high viscosity dimethiconol in cyclopentasiloxane for use in skincare, suncare, haircare, antiperspirant and deodorant, and color cosmetic applications. INCI Name: Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Dimethiconol

  • DOWSIL™ 556 Cosmetic Grade Fluid
    A polyphenylmethylsiloxane for use in skincare, suncare, color cosmetic, hair care, and antiperspirant / deodorant applications. INCI Name: Phenyl Trimethicone

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