Butylene glycol is a common ingredient in many skincare and cosmetic products. It is a water soluble liquid which works as solvent for formula ingredients, helping the final product maintain its consistency and texture.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Butylene Glycol provides consistency in the deodorant base, helping the stick to maintain its solid form, and giving it a smooth texture. Butylene glycol also has humectant properties, helping to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.
HOW IS IT MADE?
Butylene Glycol is typically derived from fossil fuel sources, but the Butylene Glycol used in Tom’s of Maine deodorant is derived from plants, obtained from the fermentation of sugars derived from wheat and corn.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Some of the most common solvents and conditioning agents are propylene glycol and butylene glycol, with similar properties. While these materials are normally petroleum derived, the propylene glycol and butylene glycol used in Tom’s of Maine are 100% naturally derived. Another common solvent is 1,3-propanediol, similar to propylene glycol.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.