Navigating the Naturals Market

May 30, 2008

Formulating and selling products with natural ingredients is easier today than ever before, or is it?

Navigating the Naturals Market

Formulating and selling products with natural ingredients is easier today than ever before, or is it?

Christine Esposito
Associate Editor

Depending on how you look at it, it has never been easier—or more complicated—to formulate and sell products with natural ingredients.
Thanks to greater availability and consistency of functional botanicals and efficacious extracts—and growing consumer appetites for all things “green”—creating products with a natural slant has become, well, second nature for some companies. As a result, sales of green products are booming.
According to industry estimates, sales of natural personal care products topped $7 billion in 2007, making it the shining star of the beauty industry. Naturals are also heating up in the household product sector.  Mainstream marketers are adding new “green” cleaning products and buying up niche firms to establish themselves in what could be the next boon for natural ingredients.

But here’s the catch. With products proliferating, there’s greater pressure being placed on the marketplace to come clean. Hardcore natural product firms and related organizations are protecting their turf from (and in some cases, pointing fingers at) companies they believe are hurting the natural movement. And to further complicate matters, key retailers have developed their own standards about “natural” products, and customers are demanding greater transparency and accountability regarding issues such as sustainability and fair trade. 

Turf War

With natural products and sales skyrocketing, some of the companies that founded the natural personal care movement appear to be getting lost in the shuffle. Once happy to quietly grow their eco-businesses by word of mouth, a few firms—backed by interested organizations—have become more vocal about the new kids on the block.
According to hardcore natural product companies, there is hardly anything “natural” about many of the new natural products on the market, and in fact, their makers are doing the natural products market—and consumers—a disservice. By using natural as a marketing tool rather than a corporate philosophy and formulation methodology, companies are watering down the meaning of what is truly natural and causing confusion for consumers.
The Natural Products Association (NPA), the U.S.’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, is out to set the record straight. In May, the group unveiled a new voluntary standard and certification program that defines natural and includes a special seal.
At the May press conference, Mike Indursky, chief marketing and strategic officer of Burt’s Bees and chair of NPA’s Natural Personal Standard and Certification Program, said companies—even those well intentioned—are misleading consumers by selling “products that aren’t natural, but are positioned that way.” 
Experts on the panel suggested as little as 20% of the products in the $7 billion natural personal care products marketplace are truly natural.
NPA’s new criteria states that the product must be made up of at least 95% truly natural ingredients or ingredients that are derived from natural sources and it can’t contain ingredients with any suspected human health risks or use processes that significantly or adversely alter the purity/effect of the natural ingredients. In addition, ingredients must come from a purposeful, renewable/plentiful source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral). Non-natural ingredients can be used only when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks, according to NPA. (For a closer look at the standard, see Happi.com).
NPA members on the advisory board are billing the standard as a way to bring clarity and transparency and clear the “clutter” in the marketplace—not to point fingers or “slam” synthetic ingredients. But others are taking a more hard-line approach.
Family-owned Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, for example, has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against numerous personal care brands to force them to stop making misleading organic labeling claims. Companies named in the lawsuit include Jason, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face, Juice Organics, Nature’s Gate, Estée Lauder, Stella McCartney’s CARE and Ecocert, the French certifying body, among others.
David Bronner, president of the Escondido, CA-based company, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, didn’t mince words in a statement released to the press: “We have been deeply disappointed and frustrated by companies in the ‘natural’ personal care space who have been screwing over organic consumers, engaging in misleading organic branding and label call-outs, on products that were not natural in the first place, let alone organic.”
In response, Hain Celestial, Kiss My Face and Nature’s Gate released a statement in which they, “strongly support the need for clear and verifiable standards for the use of the term ‘organic’ in personal care products. Currently, there are several competing standards regarding the use of organic materials in personal care products, none of which have been adopted by U.S. Department of Agriculture and incorporated into its National Organic Program. The statements and claims advanced by Mr. David Bronner appear to be more about the lack of action by the government to settle the standards issues than about the products he mentions. We are confident that the allegations about our companies’ products will be proven to be without merit.”

Not on Our Shelf

To further complicate matters, the definition of natural, as a retail concept, is changing as well. Large retail chains have set their own benchmarks when it comes to natural products sold in their aisles or manufactured for their private label business. 
In March, Whole Foods Market—the natural and organic foods supermarket with 270 stores in the U.S., Canada and the UK—unveiled its Premium Body Care standard and labeling seal. The firm says the goal is to help consumers decipher which body care products in its Whole Body departments contain the most natural and highest quality ingredients. Similar to NPA’s standards, outlawed ingredients include parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates. Whole Foods Market, which worked on the standard for more than two years with chemists and body care experts, allows “milder preservatives” (such as potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate) and “gentle types” of surfactants (like decyl polyglucose and sodium stearoyl lactylate) to be used.
More recently, CVS Caremark, one of the U.S.’s largest retail pharmacy chains with approximately 6,300 stores, announced a new cosmetics safety policy in which it will remove chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes from its house-brand products and will replace them with safer alternatives. CVS said it would also prompt similar action by its manufacturing partners. (See Newsfront, p. 14).

Shades of Green?

The lack of harmonious standards regarding what constitutes natural and organic in personal care is a major issue that must be addressed, according to marketers and natural ingredient suppliers.
“Challenges remain as governmental regulations around the world struggle with defining the terms natural and organic to ensure they are both accurate and provide the consumer with a defined benchmark for product claims,” said Steven Rogers, manager, sales and marketing, personal care, Vertellus Performance Materials Inc.  
But as industry pioneers, retailers and organizations call for tougher restrictions regarding natural and organic claims, what will come of the white-hot “naturals” market? Will there still be room for brands that want to highlight the natural botanicals and extracts they use alongside their current chemistry? Can a brand be a little natural and still be considered green? After all, each company (and end consumer, for that matter) sees “natural” in a different light.  
“A constant challenge is addressing the differing customer definitions of natural,” said Gary Neudahl, production manager, personal care ingredients, The HallStar Company. “Customers have their unique perspectives on sourcing and on processing which are critical to their product position in the market, and so are an important part of their ingredients selection and product development process.”
For example, when it comes to sourcing, what’s your company’s stance on genetically modified organisms or use of animal-based products? Would your chemists and marketing department sign off on synthetic processing or a non-organic essential oil?
Arch Personal Care echoed the need for greater clarity regarding words like natural, organic, green and sustainable.
“There is much confusion in the market as to the meaning of these terms and how it affects purchasing specifications,” said Lisa Bouldin, senior manager of technical marketing and sales. “As there is no standardized definition of natural, and no harmonized global standard on naturals, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation, which in turn creates what we call ‘natural confusion.’”
According to experts, the current state of affairs makes communication between supplier and formulator even more critical. The best suppliers and their distributors will work closely with their customers to source natural ingredients and in some instances navigate the moving waters of the marketplace and help them define their goals.
When formulating a natural product, Josef Koester, director of marketing, Care Chemicals North America, Cognis, suggested companies ask themselves several questions including how “green” is the end product supposed to be, and which ingredients should be used to achieve this level of greenness? 
Another key issue to consider is whether your company or your product line would benefit from an environmental label, seal or certification. “They play an increasingly important role in consumers’ purchasing decisions,” added Mr. Koester.
According to Steven Pettigrew, vice president of sales, DeWolf Chemical, it boils down to the level of green a company seeks. “Finding the balance between searching for the benefits of using products derived from natural ingredients and the financial impact of those ingredients, and the social impact of harvesting those ingredients is a huge challenge,” said Mr. Pettigrew. “Again, it comes down to how green a customer wants to be.”

Performance Pedigrees

There are firms using small percentages of natural ingredients for marketing purposes only, but more personal care marketers have come to realize the tangible benefits natural ingredients can have on their formulations and their bottom lines. Natural and organic ingredients can give a brand an edge in a competitive marketplace where consumers will pay more for aesthetically pleasing formulations that deliver results with fewer chemicals.
“Today’s consumers are looking for natural products that offer excellent performance, proven benefits and that are safe with no side effects,” said Mr. Koester. “They want to combine the benefits of nature and science that deliver the best of both worlds.”
To achieve that, companies are looking for unique natural ingredients that can set them apart, as well as products with what Mr. Neudahl of Hallstar called “performance pedigrees”— those that are certified organic or have favorable processing.
According to Mary Ann Siciliano, national sales manager, Arista Industries, while traditional vegetable oils are still of interest in personal care, “organic oils which have been cost prohibitive in the past, seem to have become more popular.”
Christian Waetjen, co-founder of Inca Oil, also pointed to rising costs. “All companies are concerned about increasing costs of natural raw materials. The demand for certified organic products has skyrocketed this past year which has created challenges to purchasing managers,” he said.
Growing interest in natural and organic ingredients also stems from the simple fact that more products are readily available and batches have greater consistency than in previous years.
“Shea butter may be more exotic than cocoa butter, but now there is more of it grown and it is more consistent too,” said Gregg Friedman, general manager of International Sourcing Inc., a supplier of extracts, natural vegetable oils, seaweeds  and other exotic naturally derived ingredients for the cosmetic and spa industries. “The industry is taking natural ingredients more seriously, and offering higher quality products that are more reasonable in price. They may not be as reasonable as citric acid, but cosmetics companies are realizing cheap ingredients aren’t better.” He asserts that consumers are willing to pay more for better cosmetic products using quality natural ingredients at a proper use level.
Above all, functionality remains the key issue at the bench, especially as companies look to harness the power of natural ingredients in more complex areas such as anti-aging. 
According to Tom Kovats, vice president, cosmetic ingredients, Centerchem, natural ingredient science is making strides in new areas of efficacy. “We are getting more toward anti-age claims that we can deliver with pure straight botanicals,” said Mr. Kovats, adding that Centerchem has natural ingredients for skin brightening and smoothing currently undergoing the organic certification process.   
As with any new ingredient, a natural must deliver results consumers can see and feel if it is going to be used.
The challenge “is to adopt natural alternatives without compromising on the performance aspects of finished formulations,” said Ralph Manrique, global marketing manager, National Starch Personal Care, which recently unveiled Naviance, a line of certified organic biopolymers for use in organic and natural personal care products.

Where (and How) Did You Get That Jojoba?

Sustainability has become a much more critical issue in the natural ingredient marketplace. As an industry with inherently more at stake in regard to sustainable farming, there is a call for greater accountability when it comes to fair treatment of and fair trade with local communities from which suppliers and their partners source their botanicals and extracts. 
“Five to 10 years ago, customers only wanted to know which country the plant came from and now there is more interest as to which farm it has come from and who has picked it,” said Dr. Jane Tiedke, head of marketing at Cosmetochem International AG. Her firm recently joined with Outback Spirit Pty. to launch Outback Spirit Botanicals, a range of ethically sourced indigenous Australian fruits and plants for use in personal care.   
Along similar lines, Arch recently formed a relationship with Centroflora, Inc., a Brazilian firm that drives sourcing of organic raw materials under its Partnership for a Better World program. According to Centroflora, advantages of the program are to supply clients with high quality extracts, encourage needy agricultural communities and to promote extracts production, with a focus on soil cultivation to the final packing of the ingredients. This program “provides a positive impact to the communities growing the ingredient through the entire supply chain to the consumers using the ingredients,” said Steve Hinden, director of new business development, Arch Personal Care.
Sustainability and product development also go hand-in-hand at  Laboratories Serobiologiques. For example, the firm’s Argan Program, which works in partnership with local community groups, has led to the development of new ingredients for skin care, including an Ecocert-certified argan oil; Arganyl LS 9781, a flavonoid-rich extract that strengthens cutaneous structure; and Argatensyl LS 9735, which in several clinical tests exhibited immediate tightening effects on wrinkles and lines in the crow’s feet area as well as long-term biological anti-wrinkle activity.

Do Your Homework

When it comes to partnerships and alliances in the naturals market, companies must make sure they are working with reputable companies and organizations.
“Customers need to ask pertinent questions of their suppliers to ensure that there are tangible and measurable benefits for local communities,” said Dr. Teidke.
If your firm doesn’t do its homework when it comes to the supply chain, you put your reputation at risk. Said Ms. Bouldin, “Our company understands that we are only as good as the people that we rely on for sourcing raw materials.” 

Household Cleaning’s Going Greener, Too

Skyrocketing sales of natural personal care products hasn’t gone unnoticed by makers of household cleaners. According to the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), 34 new hard surface care products with environmentally friendly claims (defined as organic, all-natural and ethical) were launched in the U.S. in 2007. As of May 13 of this year, the company had tracked 58. Similar growth is occurring in the dishwashing category. The 41 products with an environmentally friendly claim launched so far in 2008 is more than double what Mintel tracked in all of 2007.
While much of the activity in the natural cleaner category has historically come from small firms, larger companies are entering the segment. Some of the biggest names in the cleaning business have added their own “green” household cleaning products and are buying niche companies to take an early lead in what could be the next boon for natural ingredients.
One of the higher profile launches came at the beginning of the year when Clorox introduced Green Works, (right) a line of household cleaners made from plant-based ingredients derived from coconuts and lemon oil. To promote the brand’s commitment to the environment, Clorox forged an alliance with the Sierra Club, and since Earth Day has featured the Sierra Club’s logo on Green Works’ packaging.
S.C. Johnson is getting into the game too. The Racine, WI-based company announced plans to acquire Caldrea, a maker of green cleaning products. The Minneapolis-based company’s eponymous brand, sold at approximately 2,200 specialty shops, includes household cleaners, hand soaps and lotions and laundry care products. The company also touts Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, an “aromatheraputic” cleaning brand available at 4,500 doors. Mrs. Meyer’s offers household cleaners, laundry care and baby’s room products, as well as pet care products such as shampoo and odor removing carpet spray.
Will green cleaners backed by mainstream marketers help propel the natural cleaning category? According to Information Resources, Inc., for the 52 weeks ended April 20, 2008, sales of Green Works all purpose cleaner/disinfectant were $3.78 million, representing a .88% share of the $431.6 million all-purpose cleaner/disinfectant category at supermarkets, drugstores and mass merchandisers, outlets excluding Wal-Mart, Club stores and C-Stores. In the $149 million glass/cleaner ammonia category, Green Works glass cleaner has captured a 1% share of the market with sales of $1.59 million, according to the Chicago-based market research firm.
S.C. Johnson plans to introduce Mrs. Meyer to more households. According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a local agency is working on a national ad campaign slated to debut this fall.
The green movement is also impacting the industrial and institutional (I&I) market, where calls for more environmentally sensitive alternatives are on the rise, but cost-performance issues are critical.
“Every one of our customers wants to be environmentally responsible,” said Mark Christeon, executive vice president of Sea-Land Chemical, a Westlake, OH-based company representing Air Products, Seppic, Lanxess and BioSystems in the household and I&I markets.  “They all recognize they have to be green because there is a growing segment of their market that demands this.”
Mr. Christeon continued, pointing to a critical issue for manufacturers of household and industrial and I&I products: the cost of naturally based ingredients. “Price is a very important consideration. All of the green chemistries are higher in cost than the tried and true chemistries. Cost-performance is very much a function of the process,” he said.
With more activity in “natural” cleaning products, will the Natural Products Association step in—as it has in personal care—and create its own way for consumers to decipher natural cleaning products? “We’ll walk before we run,” said Daniel Fabricant, vice president of scientific regulatory affairs, NPA.
In related news, Green Seal—which already has environmental standards for general purpose bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners for household and I&I—is proposing a new standard that would define environmental performance criteria for residential cleaning services. The purpose of the new standard, according to Green Seal, is to promote sustainable residential environments through healthy and environmentally responsible cleaning services and reduce negative chemical impact on human health and the environment by reducing exposure to cleaning chemicals and reducing chemical waste.
In early May, the non-profit organization started a seven week “scoping phase” to identify what should be considered when researching and drafting the standard. Comments Green Seal receives from stakeholders will be categorized in the following areas: cleaning procedures, vulnerable population, chemical use requirements, floor care, kitchen and dining area care, restroom care, disinfection and labeling requirements for certification, among others.

Looking for the next hot botanical or organic extract? Your search starts here.

New Natural Ingredients

Here is a list of new natural ingredients introduced by suppliers during the past 12 months. For more information about the ingredients listed here, contact the supplier directly using the numbers provided.

Active Organics, LP

Lewisville, TX
Tel: 972-221-7500
Email: info@activeorganics.com
Website: www.activeorganics.com

Actimatrix M

INCI: Lentinus edodes (shiitake mushroom) extract (and) mucor miehei extract (and) butylene glycol
Applications: anti-aging, moisturizing lotion
Use levels: 1-5%


INCI: Trametes (coriolus) versicolor (mushroom) extract (and) butylene glycol
Applications: baby lotion, anti-aging cream for sensitive skin, after sun soothing gel, sunscreen SPF 15 product.
Use levels:  1-5%

Aloecorp, Inc.

Austin, TX
Tel: 800-458-2563, 512-327-0050
Email: info@aloecorp.com
Website: www.aloecorp.com

Qmatrix Papaya fruit puree-ACTIValoe Aloe vera inner gel dehydrated flakes

Applications: natural facial peel, skin, body care, spa products (scrubs and rubs), inside beauty beverage.
Use Levels: 1% or more
Comments: 100% natural, preservative free, soluble, add to water phase.

Qmatrix Tamarind fruit puree-ACTIValoe Aloe vera whole leaf dehydrated flakes

Applications: natural skin, body care, spa products (scrubs and rubs), inside beauty beverage
Use Levels:  1% or more
Comments:  100% natural, preservative free, soluble, add to water phase.

Qmatrix Carrot Puree-ACTIValoe Aloe vera inner gel dehydrated flakes

Applications: natural skin, body care, spa products (scrubs and rubs), inside beauty beverage
Use Levels: 1% or more
Comments: 100% natural, preservative-free, soluble, add to water phase

Arista Industries, Inc.

Wilton, CT
Tel: 203-761-1009
Email: maryann@aristaindustries.com
Website: www.aristaindustries.com

Organic Almond Oil

INCI: Prunus amygdalus (almond) oil
Applications: cosmetics (lipsticks, balms, glosses), massage, aroma therapy and personal care products (body washes, eye care, soaps and  lotions).
Use levels: 1-95% depending on formula
Comments: Natural emollient and rich in oleic acid, which is easily absorbed into skin.

Organic Canola Oil

INCI: Brassica napus (canola) oil
Applications: carrier oil, cosmetics, massage, aroma therapy and personal care products (soaps and lotions)
Use levels: 1-95% depending on formula
Comments: Natural emollient and rich in oleic acid, which is easily absorbed into skin

Organic Hi-Oleic Sunflower Oil

INCI:  Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
Applications: cosmetics (pressed powders and liquid makeups), massage, aroma therapy and personal care products (sun tan oil, cremes and lotions; bath and massage oils; cleansers and soaps and body lotions)
Use levels:  1-95% depending on formula
Comments: Excellent emollient and high in essential fatty acids, which are good bases for many aromatherapy products.

Bio-Botanica, Inc.

Hauppauge, NY    
Tel: 631-231-5522; 1-800-645-5720
Email: edelisle@bio-botanica.com   
Website: www.Bio-Botanica.com

Organic Licorice Extract

INCI: Glycyrrhiza glabra licorice) root extract
Applications: cosmetics and personal care
Use levels: 0.1-5%
Comments: Licorice is an excellent ingredient for various cosmetic or medicinal skin care products.  Licorice helps fade sun and dark spots and is used in skin-whitening creams, lotions and personal care products.

Organic Calendula Extract

INCI: Calendula officinalis flower extract
Applications: cosmetics and personal care
Use levels: 0.1-5%
Comments: Widely used for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties.  This makes it perfect for crèmes, lotions, moisturizers, gels, sun care and all personal care products.

Organic Chamomile Extract

INCI: Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract
Applications: cosmetics and personal care
Use levels: 0.1-5%
Comments:  For all skin care personal care products to help reduce redness and soothe the skin. Excellent for use in skin care, sun care or wash off products for skin inflammations, sunburn and added to the bath for relaxing tired, achy muscles and feet, and softening the skin.

Biochemica International

Melbourne, FL
Tel: 321-254-3444
Email:  James@Biochemica.com
Website: www.biochemica.com

Palm Butter - Certified Organic

INCI: Elaeis guineensis (palm) butter
Applications:  Can be used in traditional anhydrous, W/O emulsion, O/W emulsion or surfactant systems where emollients and moisturizers are needed
Use levels: Can be used from 1 to 100%, depending on necessity and required aesthetics.
Comments: Palm butter is a natural (non-hydrogenated) stearin fraction of palm fat that is a solid butter at room temperature and has great antioxidant power.  Along with a high content of inherent tocopherols, there is a large amount of tocotrienols. Completely oil miscible and contains no preservatives or coloring agents.  Completely natural and certified organic.  

Rose Hip Seed Oil

INCI:  Rosa moschata seed oil
Applications: Can be used in traditional anhydrous, W/O emulsion, O/W emulsions or surfactant systems where emollients and moisturizers are needed
Use levels:  Can be used from 1 to 100%, depending on necessity and required aesthetics.
Comments: Rose hip seed oil exhibits excellent penetrating qualities and good spreadability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage oil or as a carrier oil for cosmetics and treatment products. It has a very high vitamin C content which is beneficial to skin, and to formulations because of its ability to act as a free radical scavenger and anti-oxidant. Rose hip seed oil adds moisturizing, skin cell regeneration and anti-inflammatory attributes to creams and lotions and bar soaps. Exhibits low comedogenicity on the skin.  

Lavender Butter

INCI: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) oil/lavandula angustifolia extract /hydrogenated vegetable oil
Applications:  Can be used in traditional anhydrous, W/O emulsion, O/W emulsion or surfactant systems where emollients, moisturizers, and the soothing power of lavender are needed.
Use levels: Can be used from 1 to 100%, depending on necessity and required aesthetics.
Comments:  Lavender butter is actually an extract of whole Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flowers using a sweet almond oil/hydrogenated vegetable oil mix which produces a smooth, velvety “butter” at room temperature that smells like a field of wild lavender growing in the Parisian countryside. It is completely oil miscible and contains no preservatives or coloring agents.


Bensalem, PA
Tel: 215-604-0636
Email:  longd@botaneco.ca
Website: www.botaneco.ca


INCI: Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes
Applications: skin care, baby care, sunscreens, color cosmetics, cleansers and hair care
Use levels: 2-10%
Comments: Hydresia is a natural, seed-derived product that is a cold process, multifunctional ingredient that can be used as an emulsifier, emollient or a delivery system (up to 30% loading) that provides noticeable consumer benefits to a variety of products. Hydresia is also a cold process technology that can significantly reduce the formation time from 4-5 hours for a hot process to about 30 minutes.

Hydresia G2

INCI: Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes + glycerine (INCI name applied for)
Applications: Skin care, baby care, sunscreens, color cosmetics, cleansers and hair care
Use levels: 2-10%
Comments: Multifunctional ingredient with a globally accepted preservative that can be used in a wide variety of applications and provide noticeable consumer benefits. Like Hydresia, it is also a cold process technology that can significantly reduce the formation time from 4-5 hours for a hot process to about 30 minutes and Hydresia G2 can be used in formulations with a pH range of  4 to 9.

Centerchem, Inc.

Norwalk, CT
Tel: 203-822-9800
Fax: 203-822-9820
Email: cosmetics@centerchem.com
Website: www.centerchem.com    

Tego Galanga

INCI: Kaempferia galanga root  extract
Suggested Use Levels: 0.5 – 2.0%
Applications: hair care, stressed and damaged hair products, conditioners
Comments: Tego Galanga is a natural extract obtained from the roots of Kaempferia galanga by a patented extraction process.  Kaempferia galanga is commonly used in South-East Asia for food (spice ingredient) and for traditional medicine (skin protectant). Tego Galanga is a natural source of ethyl p-methoxycinnamate. It provides excellent UV absorption and is an ideal ingredient for the protection of hair fibers and reduction of hair color fading due to UV radiation. A tensile strength study was conducted on single hair fibers to determine the efficacy of Tego Galanga. After application of a leave-in hair formulation, a 35% increase in tensile strength was recorded.  Tego Galanga should be added to the oil phase of the formulation. An excellent choice to provide hair protection against UV rays.

Cognis Corporation

Ambler, PA
Tel: 800-531-0815
Website: www.cognis.com
Email: caresupportus@cognis.com

Plantatex LLE

Chemical Name: Dispersion of lipid layer enhancer with surfactants
Applications: Liquid laundry enhancer
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Plantatex LLE provides skin care ingredients that transfer from laundry detergent to garments.

Euperlan Green

INCI: Lauryl glucoside (and) stearyl citrate
Applications: shampoo, body wash, liquid soap
Use levels: 1-3%
Comments: Euperlan Green is a vegetable based, ethylene oxide and amine free pearlizing wax dispersion. This novel, exceptionally mild and unique pearlizer concentrate is intended for use in appealing hair and body cleansing formulations that fit the trend towards energy saving, cold processable, natural, sustainable beauty products.

Eumulgin SG

INCI: Sodium stearoyl glutamate
Suggested use levels: 0.5-1%
Applications: face/bodycare, sun care spray to cream formulations.
Comments: Eumulgin SG is a highly efficient emulsifier with an outstanding electrolyte compatibility including water soluble UV filters.

Cosmetochem International AG

Steinhausen/Zug, Switzerland
Tel: 41-41-748-33-33    
Fax: 41-41-748-33-44                  
Email: info@cosmetochem.ch        
Website: www.cosmetochem.com

Praline and Chocolate Herbasol

Complex SC Glycerine SB
INCI: Water, glycerin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract
Comments: Praline and chocolate forms part of “Les Gourmandises“ range of yummy ingredients to add that luscious touch to your products. Based on glycerine, other extracts include caramel, chocolate and vanilla. In addition, there is a swiss yogurt powder.
Use levels: 1-5%        
Applications: For general use in skin and hair care, bath and shower products. Of special interest for body and skin lotions.    

Kakadu Plum Outback Spirit  Herbasol Extract Glycerine SB

INCI: Water, glycerin, terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract
Use levels: 1-5%    
Applications:  For general use in skin and hair care and bath and shower products. Of special interest for anti-aging skin care due to antioxidant properties.
Comments: Part of the Outback Spirit Botanicals range, which are indigenous plants from Australia, sourced from the wisdom, action and meaningful involvement of Indigenous people but meet every compliance in safety, sustainability and supply chain control. Other plants in the range include desert lime, lemon myrtle, Australian bush mint, anisata, mountain pepper, desert raisin and quandong.

Grape Merlot Herbasol Extract

Glycerine SB
INCI: Water, glycerin, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract merlot forms part a range of wine grape extracts including pinot noir, malbec, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and chasselas. Grapes are known to be high in polyphenols and fruit acids.
Use levels: 1-5%    
Applications: For general use in skin, hair care and bath and shower products. Of particular interest in skin care (facial and body), cleansing products and facial tonics.

Croda Inc.

Edison, NJ
Tel: 732-417-0800
Fax: 732-417-0804
E-mail: Marketing@crodausa.com
Website: www.crodausa.com

Phytessence Kudzu

INCI: Water (and) glycerin (and) pueraria lobata root extract
Use levels:  0.1-5%
Applications: facial creams, lotions, serums.
Comments: Phytessence Kudzu is a plant extract with proven ability to inhibit the activity of matrix metalloproteinases. It is ideal for use in anti-aging, skin protection products.

Phytessence Urucum

INCI: Caprylic/capric triglycerides (and) bixa orellana seed extract
Use levels: 2-7%
Applications: anti-aging, sun care, baby care, anti-pollution skin and hair care, lipsticks
Comments: A traditional Aztec treatment, rich in tocotrienol (Vitamin E), that protects skin from damage caused by free radicals.

Crotein Cashmere PE

INCI:  Aqua (and) hydrolyzed keratin
Use levels: 0.2-3%
Applications: Conditioning shampoos, hair conditioners, intensive conditioning treatments, aqueous alcoholic hair sprays, styling products
Comments: Crotein Cashmere is an emotive protein that conveys desirable allusion to exclusivity, luxury and softness.  It exhibits powerful moisture binding properties and displays a natural substantivity to skin, hair and nails making it suitable for both rinse-off and leave-on systems.

Desert Whale Jojoba Company

Tucson, AZ 85717-1594
Tel: 520-882-4195
Fax: 520-882-7821
Website:  www.desertwhale.com
Email: marketing@desertwhale.com

Jojoba Illuminate

INCI:  Jojoba alcohol (and) potassium jojobate (and) 1,3-propanediol
Applications:  lotion, lipstick, foundation, shave cream, moisturizing cleansers, conditioners
Suggested Use Levels:  3-30%
Attributes:  Jojoba Illuminate acts as the primary emulsifier and moisturizer in a formulation.  It provides conditioning, improves combability and increases shine in the hair.

Jojoba Pro – HP

INCI:  Hydrolyzed jojoba protein
Applications: shampoo/conditioner, anti-aging products, hair treatment products, moisturizers
Suggested Use Levels:  1-6%
Attributes: Jojoba Pro–HP is hydrolyzed jojoba protein from Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) seed.  It conditions the skin with its moisture retention and film forming properties, and improves the body, shine and smoothness of hair.

ISO Jojoba Butter

INCI:  Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter
Applications: moisturizers, body butters, face creams, lip-eye pencils, foundations
Suggested Use Levels: 5-15%
Attributes: ISO Jojoba Butter is a non-greasy, stable jojoba butter that enhances cushion in skin care products, imparting a luxurious and moisturized skin feel.

DKSH North America

Baltimore MD
Tel: 410-385-1666
Email: info.us@dksh.com
Website: www.DKSH.com


INCI: Water/butylene glycol/forsythia suspensa fruit extract/saururus chinensis leaf extract/morus alba root extract
Applications: cosmetics, skin lotions and creams, body care, hair care, baby goods, personal care
Use levels: 0.5-2%
Comments: Clera is composed of Korean traditional medicines that have long been used as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Its anti-inflammation effect works by inhibition of iNOS protein expression and inhibition of NO.

Planoxia - BW

INCI: Water/butylene glycol/ polygonum fagopyrum (buckwheat) stem extract
Applications: skin care (skin lotions and creams), hair care (shampoo, rinse, conditioner), body care (cleansers, lotions, facial washes, soaps)
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Planoxia-BW has been shown to have antioxidant activity as well as the ability to chelate heavy metals like cadmium that have cytotoxic  effects.


INCI: Water/butylene glycol/ schizophyllan
Applications: cosmetics (skin lotion, massage cream, eye cream), personal care products (hair conditioner, body care goods, etc.)
Use levels: 1-3%
Comments: Radican-S20 has been shown  to moisturize and prevent TEWL as effective as hyaluronic acid. In addition, it has been shown to have anti-irritation properties based on inhibition of NO and PGE2.

The HallStar Company

Chicago, IL
Tel: 877-427-4255, 312-385-4494
Website: www.hallstar.com

HallStar GMO

INCA: Glyceryl oleate
Applications: creams and lotions, makeup bases, eye shadows, bath oils and lipsticks.
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Entirely vegetable-derived biodegradable product made from oleic acid and glycerin.  A water-in-oil emulsifier that also imparts slip and functions as a pigment dispersant, lubricant and spreading agent.

HallStar GMS Pure

INCI: Glyceryl stearate
Applications: creams and lotions, antiperspirants, hair conditioners, facial cleansers, foundations, make-up bases, sunscreens, suntan gels, eye shadows and mascara
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Entirely vegetable derived, readily biodegradable, low HLB solid emulsifier made from triple-pressed grade stearic acid and glycerin.  A water-in-oil (W/O) emulsifier, bodifying agent, opacifier and emollient in creams and lotions.

HallStar GMS SE

INCI: Glyceryl stearate SE
Applications: Primary emulsifier for oil-in-water (O/W) creams and lotions in the pH range of 5-9, cleansing products, make-up bases and eyeliners
Use levels: 3-8%
Comments: Entirely vegetable-derived low HLB emulsifier in defined proportion with vegetable- and mineral-derived high HLB potassium stearate. Biodegradable solid emulsifying base that contributes yield value and adds structure to neutral to slightly alkaline O/W emulsions.

Induchem USA

New York, NY
Tel: 212-756-9918
Email: salesusa@induchem.com
Website: www.induchem.com

Uniprosyn PS-18

INCI: Aqua, butylene glycol, hydrolyzed oat protein, niacinamide, adenosine triphosphate
Applications: Day and night face care, body care products to fight photo- and chronological aging.
Use levels:  1-3%
Comments: For all skin types, except oily (young) skin.

Uniprotect PT-3

INCI: Oleyl alcohol, panthenyl triacetate, ethyl linoleate, tocopherol
Applications: Mainly in day care and after sun products to reduce the effect of photo damage
Use levels: 1-3%
Comments: For all skin types, except oily (young) skin

Unirepair T-43

INCI: Butylene glycol, acetyl tyrosine, proline, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, adenosine triphosphate
Applications: For day and night face treatment and body lotion to support the natural skin repair mechanism that fights photo- and chronological aging.
Use levels:  1-3%
Comments: For all skin types

International Sourcing Inc.

Franklin Lakes, NJ  
Tel: 201-560-0111, 800-772-7672
Fax: 201-560-1156
Website: www.isi-usi.com    
Email: info@isi-usi.com

Quiditat NWP

INCI: Water (and) hypnea musciformis extract (and) gellidiela acerosa extract (and) cucumis satisvus (cucumber) seed extract
Applications: For use in eye creams, sensitive skin creams, sunscreens, post-depilatory creams and lotions, shaving creams and liquid soaps.
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: New product based on the formation of bioactive ingredients of marine algae and bioactive cucumber polymers giving Quiditat NWP its anti-inflammatory properties.

Prodhyderm XPP

INCI: Water (and) glycerin (and) quercus robus (wood of oak)
Applications:  For use in repairing night creams, protective day creams and contour of the eye serum.
Use levels: up to 5%
Comments:  For use in creams to protect against the photo-aging damage, environmental influences and to be used as a powerful shield against damage to the cells.

Prodhyderm 03

INCI:  Glycerin (and) pyrus malus (green apple) (and) sodium lactate
Applications: Soothing lotions, nail care serum and contour face cream
Use levels:  up to 5%
Comments: Apple has multiple properties containing several vitamins and minerals. It is highly gifted with anti-oxidants and omega-3 compound. Prodhyderm 03 brings a newness to the skin; giving it moisturizing suppleness and a smoothing result to the face and hands.

Jeen International

Fairfield, NJ
Tel: 973-439-1401
Email: info@jeen.com     
Website: www.jeen.com

Botanagen C

INCI: Ascorbyl 3-aminopropyl phosphate
Applications: skin treatment, enhances collagen production
Use levels: 0.5-2%
Comments: A stable form of Vitamin C with enhanced skin penetration.

Botanagen SL

INCI: Kojyl 3-aminopropyl phosphate
Applications: Skin lightener
Use levels: 1-2%
Comments: A stable form of Kojic Acid with enhanced skin penetration.

BP Glucan

INCI: Beta glucan
Applications: Skin treatment, anti-inflammatory
Use levels: 0.5–2%
Comments: Highly purified HM or LM weight Beta-1,6 branched Beta-1,3 glucan extracted from mushroom mycelia.

Kahl GmbH & Co. KG

Trittau, Germany
Tel: 49-4154-8431-0
Email: info@kahlwax.de
Website: www.kahlwax.de

6642 Organic Carnaubawax

INCI: Copernica cerifera (carnauba) wax/cera carnauba
Applications: cosmetic, food

Lip Balm Natural 7704

INCI: Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, simmondsi sinensis (jojoba) seed oil, ricinus communis (castor seed oil, rhus verniciflua peel wax, cera alba (beeswax), helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, shorea robusta and tocopherol
Applications: cosmetic

Kinetik Technologies

Hazlet, NJ
Tel: 732-335-5775
Email:  info@kinetiktech.com
Website: www.kinetiktech.com

Dermosoft 688 ECO

(Distributed for Dr. Straetmans)
INCI: p-Anisic acid or fragrance
Applications:  Fragrance component, masking agent, biological stabilizer
Use levels: 0.1-0.4%
Comments:  Derived from basil

Resassol Argan

(Distributed for ResPharma)
INCI: Sodium arganamphoacetate
Applications: Hair & skin care, cleansers
Use levels: 1-4%

Konjac Mannan Gel Powder

(Distributed for GfN-Selco)
INCI: Mannan
Applications: Skin care, moisturizer, film former
Use levels: 0.5-1.5%

Kobo Products Inc.

South Plainfield, NJ
Tel: 908-757-0033
Email: info@koboproductsinc.com
Website: www.koboproducts.com

NJE Treated Pigments (Jojoba Ester)

INCI: Substrate (and) jojoba esters
Applications: liquid foundation, loose and pressed powders, lipstick, hot pours, sunscreens, skin care lotions
Use levels: 1-10%
Comments: Hydrophobic natural treatment.

Cellulo Beads D-10

INCI: Cellulose
Applications: liquid foundation, loose and pressed powders, lipstick, hot pours, skin care lotions
Use levels: 1-10%
Comments: Naturally derived hydrophilic, moisture retaining spherical powder. Enhances feel and texture.

Propol ISLB

INCI: Mannan
Applications: face and body wash
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Mild exfoliant with scrubbing properties.

Lipo Chemicals, Inc.

Paterson, NJ
Tel: 973-345-8600
Fax:  973-355-8365
Website: www.lipochemicals.com

Lipo CHP

INCI:   Theobroma cacao (cocoa) shell powder
Applications:  A natural exfoliant ideal for skin care, facial cleansers, bar and liquid soap, exfoliating products, shower gels, body gels and scrubs and foot care products
Use Levels:  1-30%
Comments:  Lipo exfoliants are treated to control microbial content and are compatible with anionic nonionic and cationic surfactants.

Lipo GSP

INCI: Vitis vinifera (grape) seed powder
Applications:  A natural exfoliant ideal for skin care, facial cleansers, bar and liquid soap, exfoliating products, shower gels, body gels and scrubs and foot care products
Use Levels:  1-15%
Comments:  Lipo exfoliants are treated to control microbial content and are compatible with anionic, nonionic and cationic surfactants.

Lipo RSP

INCI: Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed powder
Applications: A natural exfoliant ideal for skin care, facial cleansers, bar and liquid soap, exfoliating products, shower gels, body gels and scrubs and foot care products
Use Levels:  1-15%
Comments: Lipo exfoliants are treated to control microbial content and are compatible with anionic, nonionic and cationic surfactants.

Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
Noveon Consumer Specialties

Cleveland, OH
Tel: 800-379-5389
Email: pcp.csr@lubrizol.com
Website: www.personalcare.noveon.com

Glucamate LT Thickener

INCI: PEG-120 methyl glucose trioleate and propylene glycol and water
Applications: bath and shower, skin care, hair care
Use levels: 0.5-3 wt% TS
Comments:  Glucamate LT Thickener is an easy to handle, highly efficient liquid thickener for personal care products. Derived from corn and other sustainable vegetable sources, it effectively reduces the irritancy of common surfactant systems.  

Schercemol SHS Ester

INCI: Isostearyl hydroxystearate
Applications: skin care
Use levels: Typically up to 10 wt%
Comments: Schercemol SHS ester is an indulgent solid ester that melts on skin contact. It imparts slip, but without excessive spreading after rub-in. Use it to create products that melt on fingertips and soften the skin.

Schercemol OLO Ester

INCI: Oleyl oleate
Applications:  creams, lotions and color cosmetics
Use levels: Typically up to 10 wt%
Comments: Schercemol OLO ester is a versatile ester with a matte appearance that allows you to enjoy emolliency while retaining a clean, natural look. Useful for creams and lotions, as well as color cosmetics where it can aid in pigment wetting.

McIntyre Group, LTD

University Park, IL
Tel: 708-534-6200
Email: infous@mcintyregroup.com
Website: www.mcintyregroup.com

Mackaderm CEB

INCI: Cetyl babassuate
Applications: creams and lotions, lip gloss, lipstick, therapeutic creams, spa massage products
Use levels: 2-25%
Comments: 100% vegetable-derived emollient and emulsifier made from organically certified babassu oil. Provides a lubricious, velvety smooth initial feel and a pleasant dry after-feel to lotions. Imparts gloss and slip to color cosmetics. Ideal as a natural oil replacement.

Mackaderm Cotton-Lin

INCI: Polyglyceryl-6 dioleate (and) hydrogenated cottonseed oil
Applications: creams and lotions, lip gloss, lipstick, therapeutic creams
Use levels: 1-15%
Comments:  100% vegetable-derived lanolin replacement and skin conditioner. Provides excellent barrier and a soft and substantive feel with less tack and greasiness than lanolin. Presents a pleasant, sweet characteristic odor compared to the typical lanolin smell.

Mackconditioner Natural

INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) glyceryl stearate (and) stearalkonium chloride
Applications: Leave-on and wash off hair conditioners
Use levels: 5-7%
Comments: 90% vegetable-derived conditioner concentrate suited for use as an economical base for cream rinses and conditioners. Highly substantive to the hair, imparting shine and softness while enhancing hair manageability.

Mibelle Biochemistry

Buchs, Switzerland
Tel: 41-62-836-17-31
Email: info@mibellebiochemistry.com
Website: www.mibellebiochemistry.com

PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica

INCI: Malus domestica fruit cell culture (and) xanthan gum (and) glycerin (and) lecithin (and) phenoxyethanol (and) aqua/water
Applications:  real rejuvenation, anti-aging products, cosmeceutcials
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Plant stem cells for skin stem cell protection.


INCI: Lepidium sativum sprout extract (and) lecithin (and) glycerin (and) phenoxyethanol (and) aqua/water
Applications: Anti-aging with age spot correction, whitening treatments
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Phyto agent for visible whitening.

NanoVit nc

INCI: Lecithin (and) hippophae rhamnoides oil (and) tocopherol (and) alcohol (and) glycerin (and) aqua/water
Applications:  cell regeneration, protection against UV damage, pre/after sun products
Use levels:  1-5%
Comments:  Bioactive omega 3,6,9 and 7 for skin

Sabinsa Corp.

Piscataway, NJ
Tel: 732-777-111
Email: kavita@sabinsa.com
Website: www.sabinsacosmetics.com


INCI:  Applied for  
Applications:  Antioxidant, Anti-aging, Skin  Lightening
Use levels:  0.05 - 0.2w/w of  the composition 

Glycerrhizinic Acid 

INCI:  Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract 
Applications:   Antioxidant, Anti-aging, Antimicrobial
Use levels:  0.1 - 1.0% w/w in  gels, creams, lotions and cleansing products


INCI:  Glyceryl Laurate 
Applications:  Antimicrobial, Emollient,  Moisturizer
 Use levels:  1 - 5% w/w 

Sea-Land Chemical Co.

Westlake, OH
Tel: 440-871-7887
Email: Sealand@sealandchem.com
Website: www.sealandchem.com

Lanxess Baypure CX 100

INCI: Sodium iminodisuccinate
Applications: chelating agent
Use levels: 0.5-5%
Comments: Medium strong, biodegradable chelant for HI&I and personal care

Seppic Simusol AS 48

INCI: Alkyl polyglucoside
Applications: surfactant, hydrotrope
Use levels: 0.5-8%
Comments: Biodegradable, low foaming and solubilizing polyglucoside.

Air Products Tomadol 900

INCI:  Mixed alcohol ethoxylate
Applications: APE replacement in HI&I
Use level: 0.5-10%
Comments: High performance and environmentally friendly replacement for 9 mole nonylphenol ethoxylate (NP-9).

Sederma Inc.

Edison, NJ
Tel: 732-417-0800
Email:  marketing@crodausa.com
Website: www.crodausa.com

Heliogenol GL

INCI: Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed extract) and glycerin
Applications:  All hair and skin care applications.
Use levels: 0.2-1%
Comments:  Proven to protect color treated  hair from fading, to protect hair from UV damage, and to protect skin from damaging free radicals.


INCI: Thermus thermophilis and glycerin
Applications All skin care, including daily protection, creams lotions or gels, and liquid foundations.
Use levels: 0.2-1%
Comments:  Inexhaustible anti-oxidant protection and barrier repair that prevents and corrects signs of aging.  Clinically proven to save five years of skin aging in six months in an accelerated skin aging environment.


INCI: Euglena cracilis extract and glycerin
Applications:  All skin care creams, lotions and gels.
Use levels: 0.2–1%
Comments: A chronobiological skin energizer that triggers cell metabolism by stimulating calcium release and enhancing the energy reserves.  Enhances cell vitality and fights against signs of fatigue. Clinically proven to tone and firm the skin.  


Brive, France
Tel: 33-555-84-58-40
Email: silab@silab.fr    
Website: www.silab.fr

Papilactyl D

INCI: Water and cyperus esculentus tuber extract
Applications: Anti-wrinkle
Use levels: 1-4%
Comments: Rich in oligosaccharides purified from the tubers of Tiger Nut, Papilactyl D reinforces the structure of the most deformable zone of the upper dermis: the papillary dermis. Oxytalan fibers are restored. Specific and functional collagens are more expressed bringing a powerful anti-wrinkle effect. It also improves the cutaneous tissue’s elastic properties: deformability, elasticity and resilience. Papilactyl D is recommended for all anti-wrinkle skin care products.

SMS Energy

INCI: Hydrolyzed cicer seed extract
Applications: Energizing and anti-fatigue care for men
Use levels: 1-4%
Comments: Rich in purified oligopeptides obtained from chick pea, SMS Energy reinforces the bioenergetic potential of the skin and boosts the cell renewal. Tested on male volunteers, it increases skin tone, reduces skin fatigability and improves skin complexion. SMS Energy is recommended for energizing and anti-fatigue care for men.

Eye Regener

INCI: Water and hydrolyzed lupine protein and medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed extract
Applications: eye contour
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Issued from a combination of white lupine and alfalfa, Eye Regener provides an under-eye anti-bag effect. By stimulating the lymph drainage, it reduces the oedema caused by the accumulation of interstitial liquids and reduces the surface of under-eye bags. Tone and firmness are improved thanks to a boosting effect of metabolic synthesis. It can be incorporated in all eye contour care for decongesting, draining and toning effects.

Southern Cross Botanicals Pty Ltd

Knockrow, NSW
Tel: 61-2-6687-8828
Email: info@scbotanicals.com.au
Website: www.scbotanicals.com.au

Certified Organic Sandalwood Oil

INCI: Santalum album (sandalwood) oil
Applications: Problem skin, acne, natural fragrance, aromatherapy (calming and relaxing), odor control, deodorants
Use levels: 0.1-0.5%
Comments: Targeted antimicrobial (gram positive) anti-irritant, fixative.

Marine Harvest

INCI: Euptilota articulata extract and ecklonia radiata extract and undaria pinnatifida extract
Applications: Skin care, hair care, bath and shower, hand and body, dry skin
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Moisturizing, protective, skin nutritional

Uniproma Chemical Co., Ltd.

Shanghai, China
Tel: 86-21-6501-9614
Email: info@uniproma.com
Website: www.uniproma.com   

U-Nature Green Tea

INCI: Camellia sinensis
Applications: UV protection
Use levels: 1%
Comments: As a protective and anti-aging agent of skin from ultraviolet light skin injury. Recommended for sun care formulations.

U-Nature White Tea

INCI: Camellia sinensis
Applications: UV protection
Use levels: 1%
Comments: Protects against sun damage and boosts the immune function of skin cells, especially Langerhans cells. Recommended for sun care formulations.

Vertellus Performance Materials Inc.

Parsippany, NJ
Tel:  973-515-0096
Email:  info@vertellus.com
Website: www.vertellus.com

Naturechem Shea - Refined

INCI: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)
Applications: A versatile emollient with outstanding aesthetics and skin feel. A low melting point lends itself to use where products soften upon contact with the skin. Exhibits excellent spreading characteristics when applied in high and low concentrations. Compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients. Easily incorporated into both anhydrous and emulsion systems.
Use levels:  1–50%
Comments: A refined state, vegetable based triglyceride derived from the Shea tree indigenous to the African Savanna region. It is processed to reduce color and odor using a non-hydrocarbon solvent process to ensure no residual solvent contamination exists in the final product and the naturally occurring beneficial components remain intact with this refined form.

Naturechem Shea-UR

INCI:  Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)
Applications:  A versatile natural-state emollient with outstanding aesthetics and skin feel. A melting point lends itself to use where products soften upon contact with the skin. Exhibits excellent spreading characteristics when applied in both high and low concentrations. Compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients and can be easily incorporated into both anhydrous and emulsion systems.
Use levels:  1-50%
Comments: An unrefined state, vegetable based triglyceride derived from the Shea tree indigenous to the African Savanna region. Processed to maintain its natural state flavinoids and, therefore, maintain its characteristic odor, color and skin conditioning benefits.

Naturechem Shea Monoglyceride

INCI: Shea monoglyceride (proposed–pending)
Applications: creams, lotions and other skin care formulations
Use levels:  1–10%
Comments: An emollient and emulsifier for skin care formulations.
Naturechem SCA
INCI:  Shea-castor seed oil amide (proposed-pending)
Applications: Mild foam booster, foam stabilizer and viscosity builder in shampoos, bubble baths, hand soaps and hand dishwashing products
Use levels: 1–10%
Comments:  Emollient and humectant for skin care applications.

Zchimmer & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG  Chemische Fabriken

Lahnstein, Germany
Tel:  49-0-2621 12262
Email: care@zschimmer-schwarz.com
Website: www.zschimmer-schwarz.com

Sebumol LPC

INCI: Lauryl PCA
Applications: A moisturizer and emollient that can also be incorporated into water-free formulations. Assures moisture control and develops a soft balm character. For color cosmetics, lipsticks, lip balm, hair wax, creams and lotions.
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Melting temperature is close to skin temperature, which supplies a soft melting balm character to formulation containing Sebumol LPC.

Sebumol SPC

INCI: Isostearyl PCA
Applications: Moisturizing emollient with interesting pigment wetting effect. Used mainly in liquid but also pasty formulations like lipgloss, creamy eye shadow, foundations etc. Pigment induced skin drying can be positively influenced. Beside assuring moisture control in the skin, it has a positive influence in separating the pigment particles during production and also in the application of the finished product. Brilliancy of color can be improved.  In creams and lotions, it supplies a very rich, velvet skin feeling.
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: In finished formulations it shows the most velveting effect in the Sebumol PCA ester range.

Sebumol ODPC

INCI: Octyldodecyl PCA
Applications: A moisturizing emollient with good pigment wetting effect in color cosmetics. Improves brilliance of pigments. For liquid to pasty formulations like lipgloss (where it reduces stickiness) creamy eyeshadow, foundation, etc. Pigment induced skin drying can be significantly influenced. A silky and smooth spreading of pigment containing products and pigments during application on the skin can be achieved. Can also be used in water free formulations where no moisturizer can be incorporated, i.e. body, massage and hair oils. In creams and lotions it imparts a silky feel.
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: In finished formulations Sebumol ODPC shows the most silkening effect in the Sebumol PCA ester range.
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