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Another area of everyday life that relies on chemistry is the cosmetics industry.

People are increasingly aware of the importance of protecting their skin and chemicals play their part in producing ever more effective treatments.

For example, Shell’s NEODOL range of alcohols are added to skin creams to increase their ability to disperse other components easily, allowing active ingredients to provide the necessary protection and delivering aesthetic effects such as softening the skin.

In fact, NEODOL grades are used across a range of personal care products, including shampoos and conditioners, liquid soaps and shower gels, where they help to deliver active ingredients or enhance cleansing with a richer, thicker lather.