viscosity modifiers

Viscosity modifiers allow low viscosity fluids to perform like thicker, more lubricious fluids when the lubricant is shear-stressed. Shearing, the process of layers sliding past each other, erodes the effectiveness of low viscosity synthetic lubricants.


Additives can increase the film strength at critical points. They form a supple molecular cushion to enhance the performance, while allowing the bulk phase of the fluid to continue to be low viscosity and efficient for circulation.  

bio-based intermediates to increase sustainable content in your lubricant

Bio-based lubricant intermediates allow formulators to use a sustainable backbone to create high-performance viscosity modifiers that are derived from the castor bean.  Accentuating the naturally occurring properties of castor oil derivatives, Texalene viscosity modifiers for oils strike a balance between high affinity for the surface under shear and performance stability over a range of temperatures and conditions. Texalene viscosity modifiers for greases act as thickeners in lithium-based formulations.

Casmate™ DCA (Dicapryl Adipate)

  • INCI: Diisooctyl adipate
  • Form: Liquid
  • Properties: General-purpose emollient, lubricious, prolonged playtime

Naturechem™ GMHS Emulsifier

  • INCI: Glyceryl Hydroxystearate
  • Form: Flake
  • Properties: Vegetable-based with a higher melting point and improved aesthetics over Glyceryl Stearate


Naturechem™ PGR Emulsifier

  • INCI:  Propylene Glycol Ricinoleate
  • Form: Liquid
  • Properties: Vegetable-based, desirable alternative to oleates



Castorlatum™ Emollient

  • INCI:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Form: Semi-solid


  • Petrolatum Alternative: moisturizing agent
  • Noncomedogenic: specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores
  • Natural, Vegetable Derived: from Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seeds

Jarplex™ Shea Butter

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