Abil describes a class of silicone-based chemicals used for a wide range of purposes in hair care and body care. Abil is a brand name owned by Evonik, a company that supplies many types of chemicals used in the manufacture of personal care products.
There are 23 different versions of Abil available for companies to purchase. Chemicals range from conditioning agents that help protect skin and hair from the effects of sunlight to stabilizing agents that allow for the blending of several different types of ingredients.
Abil typically forms a long chain of molecules that help blend hydrocarbons together. That’s why these chemicals are great for creating complex mixtures of several organic molecules found in shampoos, soaps, conditioners, sunscreens, shaving creams and other personal care products.
Products in the Abil line have one major tenet in common. Each chemical helps blend oil-based and water-based ingredients so they stay together into one stable mixture as an emulsifier. Some of these emulsifiers also serve as surfactants.