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Publication Success!

Thor Specialties' Technical experts for Personal Care and Household, Andress Johnson and Warren Holland-Recine, have recently seen their article 'Impact of multi-functional emollients on a hydrating cream' published in the prestigious Speciality Chemicals Magazine.

The article highlights some surprising effects from a family of emollients.  While investigating the benefits of a new silicone in a prototype skincare formulation, an unexpected multi-functional benefit was discovered for the Microcare® Emollient family of ingredients.

To read the article in full, please click here:


NYSCC Suppliers' Day 2019

Thor USA debuted a brand new booth at the NYSCC Suppliers' Day Exhibition in New York City in May.  The open concept had an appealing, natural, Zen-like feel inviting guests to enter and sample the prototype formulations. Many visitors previously unaware of Thor were attracted by the captivating booth and approached us to learn more about the company and our product range.

The main products featured at the show included Microcare®Emollient APDG, Microcare® Quat EQG and Microcare® Silicone W1800:

  • Microcare® Emollient APDG was featured in several skin and hair care prototype formulations to promote its multi-functionality as a preservative booster and formulation stabilizer with a mild scent
  • Microcare® Silicone W1800 was highlighted in a hydrating cream to promote the light, silky after feel
  • Microcare® Quat EQG was featured in a natural hair conditioner formulation to showcase its emulsification and conditioning properties.

The team was delighted to meet up with so many present and future customers and look forward to seeing you all again next show!


Holistic Symposium

Thor Specialties will be exhibiting at the 2019 Holistic Symposium in Minneapolis.

Please come and visit us at Booth #8 to speak with our sales representatives who can assist you with your preservation or other formulation needs.

The Conference will take place on March 12 & 13. We hope to see you there!



'Preservatives for Sun Care' published


An article entitled ‘The Selection and use of preservatives in skin and sun care products’ has recently been published in the Household and Personal Care Today (H&PC Today) journal. The article was written by Thor US Technical Manager for Personal Care & Household, Dr. Andress Johnson, in collaboration with Kevin Roden, Technical Manager for the Asia Pacific Region based in Thor Australia.

The article highlights the inherent difficulties of sunscreen protection and restrictions on available preservatives.  The preservative package must be compatible with the sunscreen formulation while addressing customer concerns over safety and perceived toxicity. A range of solutions is discussed detailing the benefits of selected preservatives.


For a copy of the paper please contact


The Ultimate Wipes Boot Camp!


This year, Thor staff attended the Wipes Academy held in Chicago, IL.  This two day seminar was sponsored by INDA to discuss wipes design, production, cost implications and packaging.  The conference covered a variety of topic including consumer trends, product stability and preservation of wipes and  the nonwoven wipes market.

Thirty industry professionals from companies around the world joined this seminar.  The course addressed industry concerns such as new regulations around wipes; specifically new rules for OTC antimicrobial products and  progress on the flushability issue. 

Thor offers a range of specialised preservatives for wet wipes and has developed dedicated wipe testing procedures - please contact us for more details.  


ACS Success!

Thor USA once again exhibited at the biennial American Coatings Show and Conference which was held in April at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  Managing the booth this year were Rod, Jane, Rick, Craig, Meghan, Mike, & Chris.

The American Coatings Show (ACS) is the largest event for suppliers to the paint & coatings, adhesives, and ink industries in North America. It brings together leading suppliers to the field, including providers of key raw materials such as pigments, resins, biocides and other additives, along with suppliers of laboratory testing and production equipment.

This year’s trade show saw a total of 558 exhibitors displaying their latest innovations. The ACS has become a major platform for companies to showcase products and conduct business. The show is a marketplace for the presentation of products and services for the production of high-grade and competitive paints and coatings.

This year’s show set an attendance record with over 9,200 participants.