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NPG-diheptanoate (CQ)
An innovative and multifunctional emollient

The contemporary cosmetics industry is increasingly favoring multifunctional products. A promising ingredient in this regard is NPG-diheptanoate (CQ), a lightweight ester that shares multiple and outstanding sensory characteristics.

Now, complementing this innovation is Oxbalance® NPG-diheptanoate (CQ), a bio mass balanced based counterpart that upholds the same quality standards while championing environmental sustainability.

NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) boasts the following attributes:






CAS No. 68855-18-5
EC No. 272-469-1
Product name NPG Di-heptanoate (CQ) - Cosmetic Quality
Chemical name Heptanoic acid, ester with 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol
Appearance Colourless, odorless liquids
MM 328.5
Density (gcm-3) 0.926
Pour point (°C) -85
Viscosity (mm2/s at 20°C) 10
Refractive Index 1.4388
Vapour Pressure (kPa at 20°C) <0.001
Flash point (°C) 185
Water solubility (g/l (20°C)) <0.05

Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, renowned for its light emollient properties, offers a luxurious, non-oily, and silky texture, complemented by its colorless and odorless nature. Its versatility shines through in various cosmetic applications.

Appearance Clear liquid, without heterogeneous components
Purity as NPG C7-acid esters min. 98,0 %(w/w)
Other high boiling components max. 1,0 %(w/w)
Water max. 0,10 %(w/w)
Platinum/Cobalt Color (Hazen/APHA Color) max. 50
Acid value max 0,20 mg KOH/g
Hydroxyl value max 3,0 mgKOH/g

OxBalance® NPG Di-Heptanoate (CQ) is a bio mass balanced ingredient certified by ISCC Plus, a globally recognized sustainability certification system.

ISCC tracks various sustainable feedstocks, ensuring social and ecological sustainability throughout the supply chain. With independent third-party certification, it guarantees compliance with rigorous ecological standards and traceability.

OxBalance NPG Di-Heptanoate (CQ) can be sourced from bio or biocircular feedstocks, offering the same quality as its fossil counterpart without the need for re-approval. Each customer receives a sustainability declaration, ensuring ISCC PLUS certified sustainable raw materials from the point of origin to the final product.

ISCC PLUS certified product:
Product contains maximum 84% sustainable carbon content

  • Emollient
  • Conditioning agent
  • Slip modifier
  • Opacifying agent
  • Film former
  • UV filter carrier
  • Surface modifier
  • Active carrier
  • Viscosiy modifier
  • Sensorial agent
  • Biodegradable

OQ Chemicals (formerly OXEA) is a global lead of intermediates and oxo derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. These products are used for the production of high-quality personal care and pharmaceutical products, flavorings and fragrances, among other important industry segments. For OQ Chemicals, sustainability means taking responsibility for the social, ecological and economic impact of our business activities. It is of vital importance for us to meet this responsibility.

NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) and Oxbalance® NPG-diheptanoate (CQ), boast unparalleled performance across cosmetic formulations, enhancing texture, spreadability, and overall sensory experience. From sun care to color cosmetics, their special properties elevate formulations and meet the diverse needs of modern consumers.

Application areas


NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) in sunscreen formulations provides good solubility to the organic UV absorbers. It also delivers the optimal spreading of the organic UV absorber, which remains on the skin after application. Its structure prevents a sunscreen from recrystallizing.

  • after sun
  • self-tanning
  • sun/sunbed exposure
  • BB creams

Colour Cosmetics

Emollients play an important role in colour cosmetic formulations. NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) is an ingredient witHa variety of attributes such as slipagent, providing a silky feel, reduced tack, reduced greasy feeling and improved spreadability. NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) helps with the pigment dispersion on the skin, giving more coverage.

  • fluid illuminators
  • lip colour
  • primer
  • multi-use
  • eye brow
  • concealer
  • eye shadow
  • blush
  • eye liner
  • body colour cosmetics
  • foundations

Skin Care

In Skin Care applications NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) is used as light emollient, primarily for formulation enhancemen as it provides good spreadability, e.g., in sunscreens and foundations. It delivers a smooth non-oily silky feel, which is desirable in topical lotions and creams. In its emollient role, it is absorbed relatively quickly into the skin. NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) also forms a protective layer, that retains the skin’s inherent moisture and helps prevent the skin from drying.

  • body care
  • eye cleansers
  • eye care
  • face cleansers
  • face/neck care
  • foot care
  • hand/nail care
  • lip care


In Deodorants NPG-diheptanoate (CQ), demonstrates excellent properties such as low surface tension, high lubricity, chemical stability, volatility and low viscosity. These properties help to provide a formulation that is fluid and has a less oily-feeling. It also has a high spreading factor on skin, acting as a slip agent and offering a silky feel.

  • stick
  • roll-on
  • spray
  • cream

Hair Treatments

NPG-diheptanoate (CQ) helps to prevent loss of moisture, but is not occlusive like silicones, it washes out easily preventing build-up. The treated hair surface contributes to improved wet and dry combing. It also acts as slip agent that provides lubricity.

  • conditioner
  • hair styling
  • hair colourants
  • shampoo

Any questions?
We are happy to talk about how to use
these unique benefits to your products.

David Lupp
Group Segment Manager
Home & Personal Care I&I
david.lupp( at )

Dr. Isaac Adjei Safo
Technical Manager Personal Care
isaac.adjeisafo( at )

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