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Soy Methyl Esters Are Environmentally Friendly, Biodegradable and Effective


SoyGold® provides an environmentally safe alternative compared to other solvents while not sacrificing your bottom line. When compared to petroleum based solvents, SoyGold® Methyl Esters offer a lower VOC, biodegradable, non-hazardous, higher solvent strength, and equivalent cleaning strength alternative. SoyGold®'s naturally derived oils also leave your hands feeling moisturized, smoother, and protected from oily dirt. Not to mention it will rid your products of that strong petroleum odor and cut cost of formulations in half!

Below is a comparison of SoyGold® to other common solvents including Chlorinated (Cl), Hydrocarbons (HC), Methylethyl Ketone (MEK) and D-Limonene:
Hand Cleaners
  • Unlike petroleum based solvents, SoyGold® Methyl Esters offers a very low VOC content, is 100% biodegradable, and non-hazardous
  • SoyGold® also has a higher solvent strength and equivalent cleaning strength to petroleum based solvents
  • SoyGold® is also inherently moisturizing due to its naturally derived oils that retain skin moisture and keep oily dirt from being absorbed into the skin
  • Soybean oil methyl esters help create vibrant colors
  • Methyl soyate is all natural, nontoxic, and biodegradable
  • Allows for a variety of fragrances
  • Allows for candles that contain none of the carcinogens of petroleum-based paraffin candles and are lead-free
  • Methyl soyate is a renewable resource and AEP’s methyl soyate is made in America from American grown soybeans
Skin Care and Hair Care Products
  • Natural skin conditioning agent used in lotions, creams, and washes
  • Methyl esters are not water soluble and leave a very fine protective coating while creating a viscous texture in skin care products
  • Emollient used in shampoos, conditioners, and hair styling products to make the hair feel smooth and soft
  • 100% biodegradable
Nail Polish Removers
  • No harsh, overpowering chemical smell like with acetone-based removers
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Non-toxic and all natural
  • Moisturizing so you won't dry out nail beds or cuticles
SoyGold® is also used in a wide range of industrial appliactions including cleaners, degreasers, asphalt removers, agriculture, oil field, and much more.


Changing to a new solvent isn't easy. ChemPoint's technical team can provide guidance to streamline the transition. SoyGold® comes in a variety of grades to help tailor the properties and results for your end product.

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