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Essentially Natural 1, 3 Propanediol

Essentially Natural 1, 3 Propanediol

Regular price R 49.00
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1,3 propanediol (or simply propanediol) is a wonderful non-sticky humectant derived from corn sugar. Add it to hydrating products such as facial products, lotions, gels etc where stickiness from glycerine would be more noticeable. It will give a wonderful, hydrating and non-sticky feel.

Further reading:  A Quick Guide To Humectants

Sizes: 50ml, 100ml, 200ml, 500ml or 1kg.

This product is certified: Vegan and Beauty Without Cruelty.

INCI: Propanediol
  • Adds viscosity and boosts foam in surfactant formulations
  • Can also be used in place of glycerine
  • Solvent and humectant
  • Natural alternative to propylene glycol
  • Non-sticky humectant
  • Readily biodegradable

Usage: 1-20%, use in water phase

pH: 7

Soluble in water

1,3 propanediol

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For Your Safety

This natural product is for external use only. Please exercise caution and do not ingest or take internally. Store away from children, animals, sunlight and heat. If pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your medical care-giver before use.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Can I dissolve Rice Bran Oil or Wheatgerm oil in this?

Hello - I was wondering if I was making a solid shampoo bar and I wanted to add Rice Bran Oil or Wheatgerm Oil to it - whether I could use Propanediol as a solvent to blend RBO or WGO to get it to incorporate into the surfactant blend? I am looking for something where I could use those oils but I don't want it to weep/leech out, which is what was happening before in spite of me adding an emulsifier.

Hi Candice, no unfortunately you won't be able to as propanediol is water based and therefore won't dissolve oils as oils and water don't mix. You should be able to incorporate the oils directly with the surfactants.

Carole K.
Excellent service from Essentially Natural. Good quality product at highly competitive price

Excellent quality. Make salicyc acid toner with this as it dissolves the powder.


Hi there

Can you use this in place of a solubiliser or would you need to use both to mix the oils and water? Which one would you use for a mouthwash to mix the essential oils with the water? And which is better for body creams, if not both. I'm using Ressasol VPF for my mouthwash. I'm not sure if that's correct, but it is always foggy. I can't get it clear.
Thank you.

Hi Melanie, propanediol is not a solubiliser or emulsifier so you would need to use one of those to mix oils and water together.

You could try Symbiosolv instead of Resassol. I have achieved clear solutions with it. However keep in mind that if you are using a carrier oil rather than an essential oil, then you may not be able to achieve perfectly clear solutions. otherwise it's just a matter of getting the ratios right. Please do check out our Quick Guides blog series as we explain further there:

Annetta H.
Dissolves the Salicylic Acid

SA needs the correct dissolving partner when making toners. This product gives me a 1% SA solution with ease. Propanediol also gives my toner a little smoothness which is perfect.

Colleen M.
Essentially Natural 1, 3 Propanediol

Great product for dissolving Salicylic Acid. I also used it in a Niacinamide serum and it's consistency is perfect, no sticky or greasy feeling. Will be purchasing more for sure!