The Surfactant Market

September 3, 2008

Faced with rising costs, a growing emphasis on sustainability and greater demand for multifunctionality, industry suppliers offer a range of solutions for household, personal care and industrial and institutional product formulators.

The Surfactant Market

Faced with rising costs, a growing emphasis on sustainability and greater demand for multifunctionality, industry suppliers offer a range of solutions for household, personal care and industrial and institutional product formulators.

Tom Branna
Editorial Director

For surfactant suppliers grappling with issues such as green chemistry, rising feedstock prices and meeting consumer demands, some of the most critical issues have no clear-cut answers. After all, what exactly is a “green” ingredient? And who can tell if oil prices have truly peaked? But rather than remain defensive, surfactant suppliers are taking the lead and setting the pace when it comes to some of the critical issues facing the household and personal care industry.
From laundry care to personal care, everything seems to be going green these days.
For example, nearly all suppliers contacted by Happi agree that environmental issues have become a hot topic within their companies and among their customers.
“Green is everywhere and Stepan starts with educating our direct and distributor sales force on industry happenings, certification/standard development and surfactant selection in order to meet our customer’s request,” said Annie Gariepy, marketing services manager, Stepan. “Until government defines or global harmonization is achieved on what is ‘green,’ our priority is listening to our customer’s request and providing solution based on claim, cost and/or performance.”
Mark Christeon, vice president, Sea-Land Chemical, observed that interest in natural, renewable resource-based products is rising, but he insisted that his company is well-positioned to take advantage of the trend. 
“Renewable carbon content is a phrase that is catching on with manufacturers and customers,” said Mr. Christeon. “Sea-Land was founded on products from the land and sea, so we’ve been green since our inception in 1961. Our experience and modern stable of products enables us to assist our customers in meeting their objectives.”
But being green in and of itself may not be enough to attract consumers to products. Andrew Douglass, marketing and innovation director, Rhodia Novecare, said the trend toward sustainable raw materials is now combined with the ongoing drive for convenience and cost efficiency delivered from multifunctional products that add value to consumers by combining several features; i.e., a body wash that moisturizes or an automatic dish detergent with rinse aid.
“Rhodia continues to bring innovations to the market and work closely with its key customers to develop new chemistries and optimized formulations that will allow consumers to save time and money and reduce waste without sacrificing performance,” added Mr. Douglass.
Similarly, Kevin Gallagher, president of Croda, said product performance and sustainability are two key issues for its consumer product customers.
“Croda works with our customers to find ways of enhancing the value of our customer's brands through improving the performance of their consumer products in ways that meet consumer needs and wants,” said Mr. Gallagher. “Croda’s aim is to help strengthen existing customer brands and help our customers find and exploit new niches in the market.”
He explained that Croda is always trying to better understand consumers and what consumers value in an ingredient, whether that’s enhanced performance, or an emotive concept that resonates with the consumer. Then Croda tries to identify unique performance attributes of novel ingredients and suggest ways that its consumer product customers can exploit these unique attributes in ways that can provide a competitive advantage.

Sustainability: A Megatrend

Josef Koester, director of marketing, Care Chemical North America, Cognis, called wellness and sustainability the megatrends of our time.
“Modern green consumers prefer products that are good both for their well-being and the environment as well as high-performing and easy to use,” said Mr. Koester.
With that in mind, Cognis developed its Feelosophy approach which enables manufacturers to precisely control the four key dimensions of a holistic product experience—perception, feel, usage and effect—and also places special emphasis on the issues of protection and safety, with regard to the user and the environment alike, while at the same time offering convenience.
Regardless of the trends, mildness is always in style.
Demand for green products and, specifically, sulfate-free formulations, continues to expand, according to Art Pavlidis, Hamposyl and catalyst marketing and sales manager, Chattem Chemicals, Inc. He explained that Hamposyl surfactants are ideally positioned to take advantage of these trends because they are readily biodegradable, nontoxic and contain no sulfates. In regard to sulfate-free formulations, the Hamposyl surfactants are one of the few anionic surfactants that lather extemely well in these formulations, added Mr. Pavlidis.
RITA has had a surge in requests for information on natural surfactants, as customers look for renewable, vegetable-sourced materials that do not contain any ethylene oxide and are not sulfated, said Dan Beio, VP-R&D. “We are well positioned for these requests with our lactylates, Eucarol alkyl polyglucoside surfactants.”
According to Mr. Beio, they are very mild, offer similar benefits to traditional surfactants with regards to cleaning, foam structure and stability, but are based on plant-derived materials—they are even Ecocert approved. 
“We offer these materials as stand alone ingredients, as well as optimized blends to take the guess work out of formulating, achieving the best combination of cleaning and foaming for all situations.”
Ulrike Marx, product application manager in Zschimmer & Schwarz’s care specialties division, agreed that green formulations are a major trend in the market, but she noted that it is  somewhat difficult to replace formulation and products in general with more green ones, and that there is also a new specialization on the market to find the best possible solution for the producer, the customer and the environment.
“Especially in the personal care markets, very scientific approaches are realized as the knowledge about the skin and its function has grown significantly in recent years,” she said. “Therefore we also clearly see the demand not only for ‘green’ products but also for high effective protection, care and rejuvenating formulations.”
Tom McAlpin, marketing manager, Pilot Chemical, agreed that consumers are demanding more eco-friendly end products, a demand that is driving an increase of surfactants derived from biodegradable natural renewable resources. But he noted too, that with costs soaring, Pilot Chemical’s customers are interested in higher active surfactants for high-active product formulations to conserve packaging, store shelf space and maximize raw material and end product freight. 

Rising Feedstock Prices

Perhaps the most pressing issue for marketers and suppliers alike is the high cost of raw materials. Although oil’s ascent has paused in recent weeks, at press time, prices were still up 20% for the year. Meanwhile, biofuel demands have pushed oleochemical feedstock prices higher and higher.
“There is no place to hide,” commented Phil Matena, general manager, Innospec. “Raw material prices for surfactants are going up 25% or more due to the demand for oil and biofuels and the cost of energy.
“On the other side of the molecule,” he continued, “if you’re marketing a sulfate, for example, you’re vulnerable to rising sulfur costs. Betaine prices are impacted by nitrogen and even phosphate and phosphorous prices are up sharply due to demand for fertilizer.”
U.S. Government mandates to increase the use of biofuels has linked oleochemical and petrochemical prices, noted Mr. Gallagher. To help alleviate the problem, Croda continues to work with the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and other industry groups to argue against the burning of oleochemical feedstocks as fuel. 
“We are encouraging our customers to join industry organizations in this effort so that we can return to some sanity in the oleochemical feedstock market,” said Mr. Gallagher. “As a result of tax breaks and federal government mandates, tallow will more often be burned as fuel. This could easily lead to a situation where the price of tallow will continue to rise until the price equilibrates to other vegetable oils that are used in biofuels.”
Or, as Jim Kedrowski of Chattem Chemicals noted, subsidies for biodiesel, although expected to have an impact on lowering the price of gasoline in the U.S., have had no visible impact and have placed tremendous pressure on oleo feedstocks.  “A careful review of the economics is warranted to see if we are hurting or helping ourselves,” he added.
As feedstock prices soar, many surfactant suppliers have turned to their supply chain partners to come up with creative solutions to help ease the pricing pains.
“We’ve been working up and down our supply chain, to find ways to order our raw materials more efficiently, obtain some materials from sources closer to our facilities and develop closer relationships with key suppliers to manage many of these cost increases together,” explained Carl Cappabianca, general manager, Jeen International.
At the same time, surfactant suppliers are examining their processes and optimizing their product offerings to help customers do more with less. Rhodia executives are looking at the company’s strengths and leveraging them as much as possible.
“By looking at our global footprint, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, we can explore new ways to help us minimize the increasing cost for raw materials,” explained Jean-Luc Joye, Rhodia Novecare business director for Home and Personal Care North America. “Secondly, we’re using our expertise and knowledge in formulations to find synergistic effects between surfactants and other ingredients, thus minimizing the overall cost for formulations, which will greatly benefit our customers.”
For example, Rhodia’s Repel-O-Tex, a high performance additive used in laundry applications, is designed to boost surfactant properties, thus reducing the volume of surfactant used in laundry formulations and significantly reduce the total cost for formulation.
“Rhodia has an active internal program to develop the next generation of surfactants and blends with improved performance and sustainability, similar to what we’ve done with Miracare Plaisant,” said Mr. Douglass. “Further, we are seeking partnerships and alliances that will allow us to bring new products generated from alternate raw material sources to the market.”
Despite the best efforts by suppliers, fast-rising feedstock prices have forced most suppliers to increase their prices this year. But they insist that their customers have understood the reasons for the increases.
Foam is just one of  the benefits derived from surfactants.
“Our customers understand that our costs are going up and keep going up. I believe that they value a supplier like Rhodia, which works hard to help customers look at new ways to formulate,” Mr. Joye told Happi. “We strive to help our customers redesign product formulations that will increase efficiencies and reduce costs. We are looking at many things to help drive down costs—concentrations, efficiencies, size. We are preparing for a paradigm cost shift from price per pound to cost in use.”
Sea-Land has taken several steps to help its customers cope with rising prices. For example, the company increased its inventory position on many items, which enables Sea-Land to hold pricing longer to allow its key customers time to react to higher prices.
“We have suggested alternate packaging types or buying combinations to capture savings,” said Mr. Christeon. “For example, using reconditioned containers and reusable containers, which is an opportunity to save money and be environmentally sound.”
In other moves, Sea-Land negotiated large volume discounts with its freight partners to capture savings for itself and its customers.
RITA has aggressively aligned with its strategic feedstock suppliers to ensure up-to-date market conditions in real time, said Tom Goode, VP-sales.
“We continue to monitor basic feedstocks on a daily basis and hopefully correct current pricing,” he said. “We have and will continue to manage costing as best we can.”

The Impact of REACH

On the regulatory front, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) went into effect more than a year ago. Although REACH won’t be fully implemented for years, nearly every surfactant supplier contacted by Happi said they are moving along with the registration process. Many are confident that REACH will not lead to a phase out of product offerings—and more than a few insist that REACH will actually lead to more innovation.
“We have taken all required actions to keep our product portfolio as it is,” said Ms. Marx of Zschimmer & Schwarz. “At the moment we are pre-registering all our products and we do not see ourselves in need to eliminate products or ranges.”
Mr. Koester said that, in general, REACH legislation reflects the trend toward sustainability—a topic of interest not only for the government and industry but for individual consumers, too. These end-users are increasingly interested in products that contain natural ingredients.
“Cognis was and is committed to sustainability,” said Mr. Koester. “Cognis’ product portfolio is constantly reviewed and adjusted to the market demands. REACH has a minor impact on this ongoing process.”
Similar to most companies, Jeen will pre-register all substances of its current and potential Europe-marketable products. But longer-term, since many of the specifics, requirements and costs beyond the current pre-registration phase of REACH are still unclear, the product offering impact is yet to be determined, said Mr. Cappabianca.
“As the subsequent REACH phases unfold over the next couple of years, we envision all companies doing business in Europe will be evaluating their next steps, ideally communicating with and progressing together along the way in lock-step with their customers,” he predicted.
Although Innospec has pre-registered its products and is right on schedule to be REACH-compliant, Mr. Matena predicted that, at the end of the day, the final form of REACH will be “something a little more manageable than it is today.
“At some point, the overall magnitude of the task will be better understood and European regulators will look at what they’re trying to manage and look for ways to improve the efficiency of the process,” he explained. “For decades, suppliers to this industry have been selling products that are proven to be safe for the consumer and the environment.”
Blaine Byers, senior regulatory manager, Stepan, does not expect REACH to have a significant impact on product offerings, although he acknowledged that there could be some changes in the supply chain. For now, Stepan is moving forward to pre-register all of the substances it manufactures or imports into Europe.
“Although we anticipate that we will register most substances, final decisions on some REACH registrations will be made nearer to registration deadlines (2010-2018) and will be based on customer input and SIEF discussions,” he added.
RITA is in the process of pre-registering all of its products too, but Mr. Beio said the regulations deadlines could hamper new ingredients reaching the market.
“Any new ingredients developed after the pre-approval deadline must wait until the registration opens for completely new ingredients, which could be three or four years out,” he explained. “That will require the entire testing package for full registration, which will be a very expensive investment without knowing the full potential of that ingredient!”
As a result, he predicted that there will be a de-centralization for worldwide developments as companies create stand-alone units for European operations.

What’s New in Surfactants?

As suppliers and their customers prepare for REACH, many continue to roll out new surfactants. Jeen Internation- al recently launched the Jeechem FS-102 and FS-103 universal co-solubilizer series. According to Mr. Cappabianca, they are unique in that they not only assist in incorporating oily substances into aqueous bases but they also assist in the incorporation of water and water-based substances into anhydrous bases.
“At the same time, the Jeechem FS series does the solubilization job cost-effectively,” added Mr. Cappabianca.
With demand for environmentally-friendly products soaring, Innospec reports strong customer interest in its new Puract SLMI 85. This sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate is an extremely mild cleanser that can be used as a primary or secondary surfactant and creates a dense, luxurious foam and imparts an elegant after-feel. Furthermore, it has excellent water solubility properties, making it a good choice for clear liquid cleansing systems. It enables formulators to create personal care products that are nitrosamine-, dioxane- and sulfate-free.
“A decade ago, internet bloggers were issuing warnings about sulfates,” recalled Mr. Matena. “Now, demand for sulfate-free products has gone mainstream. Unfortunately, until now, there were not a lot of good alternatives, but we know we have one with Puract SLMI 85.”
Looking ahead, Innospec will expand its offerings of sulfosuccinates and taurates and is considering amphoterics, because they fit well with the company’s focus on skin cleansing, said Mr. Matena.
Zschimmer & Schwarz has launched more products for leave-on personal care products during the past year, including emulsifiers for creams and lotions and the PCA esters active emollient range. These esters act as moisturizers and skin conditioners in water-free products and improve pigment dispersions to help formulators attain more brightness in color cosmetics.
To address long-term needs for capacity, Rhodia Novecare is building a new specialty surfactant production unit in India (Roha) to be operational later this year. The investment will meet the needs of a growing local market and accompany a global key customer in Asia, according to company executives.
“This investment builds on the Rhodia Novecare footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, which already comprises 10 manufacturing plants in China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, New Zealand and Japan, as well as a research center in Shanghai,” explained Jean-Guy Le Helloco, Rhodia Novecare business director, Home and Personal Care Europe. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for multinational and local customers, combining world-class quality product with reliable supply. In this way, we can strengthen our position in specialty surfactants for home and personal care, markets in which we are a recognized leader and have proven expertise.”
Rhodia Novecare has introduced three surfactant-based formulations for the personal care market— Miracare SLB, Miracare Plaisant and Mirasheen STAR.
As previously reported, BASF has introduced Lutensol M, C10C18 alcohol ethoxylates that are suitable for liquid and powder detergent formulas. More specifically, Lutensol M7 is the more general surfactant. Lutensol M5 has applications in laundry for fatty stains at low temperatures.
A main area of concentration is biodegradable, green products that perform as well as, if not better than, synthetic industry standards. This area has been a focus for Croda for some time and has resulted in the offering of many green product offerings in both personal care and home care. For the home care cleaning business, Croda offers the second largest number of DfE (Design for the Environment program from the U.S. EPA) approved products in the industry, a result of many years of dedication to this important initiative, according to Mr. Gallagher.
The move toward green ingredients is impacting the industrial and instutional cleaning market, too, said Robert Brown, communications specialist, Air Products. In response to customer requests for surfactants based on renewable feedstocks, Air Products has commercialized a line of natural based alcohol ethoxylate surfactants under the tradename Tomadol L. These surfactants are derived from palm or coconut oil and provide formulators with a choice of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants to meet their customer’s demands for bio-based solutions.
In response to the growing focus on productivity to offset energy costs, the company has commercialized two new additives for use in the formulation of drying aids for the transportation cleaning market. Tomamine E-300 additive and Tomadry DAB additive are both highly efficient and work at lower usage levels and enable the end-user to decrease the amount of time and energy required to dry the vehicle, according to Mr. Brown.
Chattem continues to concentrate on its current line of Hamposyl surfactants, by finding new applications for the existing products. According to Mr. Pavlidis, Chattem’s expertise in Schotten Bauman chemistry enables its researchers to develop new products based on customer demand.
Two surfactants from International Specialty Products, Surfadone LP-100 and Surfadone LP-300, were recently listed on CleanGredients, an online database providing formulators of I&I cleaning products with information on chemical ingredients whose environmental and human-health attributes have been independently verified. Both ISP surfactants offer formulators a more environmentally friendly ingredient than alkyl phenol ethoxylates yet provide excellent wetting and detergency properties, according to Amy Bollinger, senior global marketing manager, performance chemicals, ISP.
To help manufacturers serve the markets for wellness and sustainability, Cognis offers its APG surfactants. Obtained from renewable plant-derived raw materials such as vegetable oils and starch, APG surfactants combine cleaning and foaming power with environmental friendliness, while also being kind to human skin. Their versatility makes them ideal for use in a wide range of formulations, including laundry and manual dish detergents, hard surface cleaners, baby shampoos, shower gels and facial cleaners, according to Mr. Koester.
Another innovation from Cognis Care Chemicals in 2007 was its classification system Green Chemical Solutions. It sets new standards of transparency in regard to the origin of specialty chemical products. This classification system allows Cognis’ customers in the personal and home care/I&I industries to see at a glance how natural and renewable each ingredient offered by Care Chemicals is.
There’s no doubt that pressures are mounting in the surfactant industry. But astute suppliers are handling these challenges and even finding new opportunities too.

New Surfactants

Here’s a list of new surfactants introduced by suppliers during the past 12 months. To find out more about any of the products listed here, contact the supplier directly at the number provided.

Cognis Corporation

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

Euperlan Green

Description: Lauryl glucoside (and) stearyl citrate
Applications: Personal care wash and cleaning products, such as shampoo, body wash, shower gel, facial wash.
Use levels: 2-5%
Comments: Euperlan Green is an ethylene oxide and amine free pearlizing wax dispersion. This novel, exceptionally mild and unique pearlizer is intended for use in hair and body cleansing formulations that fit the trend towards natural, sustainable beauty products. Euperlan Green is supplied as an easy-to-handle liquid that is designed for energy-efficient cold manufacturing processes.

Dehypound Advanced

Description: Proprietary blend of specialty surfactants
Applications: All types of hard surface cleaners and degreasers
Use levels: 1-1.5% active at use dilution
Comments: Dehypound Advanced cleans without the use of solvents or builders on par with current national brands. This unique blend can be used with a builder for heavy duty degreasing applications or with acids such as citric, glycolic or phosphoric for bathroom cleaners.  The use of solvents such as glycol ethers decreases performance.

Plantapon LGC Sorb

Description: Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate (and) lauryl glucoside
Applications: Sulfate-free mild personal care cleaning concepts, such as body wash, shower gel, facial wash.
Use levels: 3-15% active
Comments: Plantapon LGC Sorb has the characteristic mildness of Cognis APG surfactants, while also offering superior foam performance, luxuriant lathering and sensory acceptance. This has been achieved by introducing an anionic group into the APG molecule. This liquid surfactant is especially suitable for use in mild wash concepts.

Croda Inc

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

NatSurf 125

Description: Natural alcohol ethoxylate
Applications: Home care cleaning
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Based on natural feedstocks, NatSurf 125 is a green surfactant that offers cleaning power comparable in performance to industry benchmarks. It is an excellent replacement for synthetic alcohol ethoxylates and NPEs.

NatSurf 265

Description: Natural alcohol ethoxylate
Applications: Home care cleaning
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Based on natural feedstocks, NatSurf 265 is a green surfactant that offers cleaning power comparable in performance to industry benchmarks.  It is an excellent replacement for synthetic alcohol ethoxylates and NPEs.

Lipo Chemicals, Inc.

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

Hylasome EG10

Description: Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer
Applications: Skin care creams, lotions and treatment products. Body washes, leave-in conditoners and stying aids, liquid makeup foundations and sun care products
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: Hyalsome EG10 possesses an exceptionally high water-binding capacity resulting in excellent moisturizing abilities.


Description: Polyglyceryl-10 eicosane- dioate/tetradecanedioate esters (and) glycerine
Applications: An excellent emollient for water-based formulas including skin care, makeup, hair care and styling.
Use levels: 1-10%
Comments: Neosolue-Aqua increases the moisture content of the stratum corneum with successive applications and is thereby superior to glycerin.

Orgasol Caresse

Description: Polyamide-5
Applications: Ideal for elegant skin treatments, hand and body lotions, sun and after-sun, daily moisture lotions dry and mature skin, eye creams, senstive skin, foot creme and liquid makeup foundation
Use levels: 3-5%
Comments: Orgasol Caresse is a multi-functional skin care product that will greatly improve the sensory performance of all products while delivering soft focus emulsion.

Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. Noveon Consumer Specialties

Cleveland, OH
Tel: 216-447-5000, 800-379-5389
Email: pcp.csr@lubrizol.com
Website: www.personalcare.noveon.com

Chemoryl SFB-10SK Surfactant Performance Concentrate

INCI/Chemical description: Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate (and) sodium
cocoyl isethionate (and) cocamidopropyl betaine
Applications: Personal care; i.e., shampoos, shower gels, and other bath and
cleansing products
Use levels: 40-50 weight %
Comments: Alkyl and alkyl ether sulfate-free, amide-free mild surfactant
concentrate, with a gentle, rich formula ideally suited for premium
shampoos, shower gels, and other bath products

Chembetaine LEC Surfactant

INCI/Chemical description: Lauramidopropyl betaine
Applications: Personal care; i.e., shampoos, shower gels, and other bath and
cleansing products
Use levels: 5-15 weight %
Comments: High purity, low color surfactant with high foaming and viscosity
building properties than cocamidopropyl betaine. Preferred surfactant in
sulfate-free cleansing products.

Sulfochem ES-2CWK Surfactant

INCI/Chemical description: Sodium laureth sulfate (2 mole)
Applications: Personal care and other cleansing products
Use levels: 20-40 weight %
Comments: Low color, low odor, low viscosity version of SLES which allows
for easier handling, which can be thickened to the same viscosity as
traditional SLES for use in personal care and other cleansing products,
while providing superior flash foam and lather characteristics.

Pilot Chemical

Cincinnati, OH
Tel: 513-326-0600
Email: info@pilotchemical.com
Website: www.pilotchemical.com

Calsoft OA-50

Description: Oleic sulfonic acid
Applications: HI&I—Food processing and facility cleaners, hard surface cleaners, laundry and manual dish wash.
Comments: Great wetting agent and solubilizer with low foaming properties

Calsoft OS-45S

Description: Sodium oleic sulfonate
Applications: HI&I—Food processing and facility cleaners, hard surface cleaners, laundry and manual dish wash.
Comments: Great wetting agent and solubilizer with low foaming properties

Calimulse EM-96F 

Description: Sodium alkyl benzene sulfonate flake
Applications: HI&I—specialty cleaners, carpet
Comments: Calimulse EM-96F is a non-caking sulfonate flake with exceptional detergency and emulsification, great wetting and solubilization characteristics.


Tel: (33) 1 53 56 53 12
Email: rhodia-hpc@eu.rhodia.com
Website: www.rhodia-novecare.com

Miracare Plaisant

Description: Water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, methylisothiazolinone
Applications: Body washes, shampoos, facial cleansers, liquid hand soaps
Use levels: 20-30%
Comments: Plant-based surfactant system that offers an eco-friendly solution for mild and refreshing cleansing. This performance concentrate is suitable for sulfate-free body washes, shampoos, facial cleansers and liquid hand soaps.

Mirasheen Star

Description: Glycol distearate and sodium laureth sulfate and myristyl alcohol and cocamidopropyl betaine
Applications: Shampoos, conditioners, liquid hand soap, facial and body washes, masks and exfoliants
Use levels: 1-5%
Comments: A superior cold pearl blend which provides unmatched luminescent shine, pearlescent and iridescent effect and opacity.

Polycare Boost

Description: Water, dimethicone, polyquaternium-74, laureth-7
Applications: 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners
Use levels: 2-4%
Comments: Polycare Boost combines a proprietary deposition polymer and a silicone oil into a single, liquid system that gives simplicity and flexibility in processing.


Crystal Lake, IL
Tel: 815-337-2500
Email: info@ritacorp.com
Website: www.ritacorp.com

Ritafactant 138MSEC

Description: Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl lactylate, disodium coco-glucoside citrate
Applications: Hair shampoo, body shampoo, cleansers
Use levels: 1-30% 

Ritafactant 138MSET

Description: Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl lactylate, disodium coco-glucoside tartrate
Applications: Hair shampoo, body shampoo, cleansers
Use levels: 1-30% 

Ritafactant 138MSSS

Description: Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauryl lactylate, disodium coco-glucoside sulfosuccinate
Applications: Hair shampoo, body shampoo, cleansers
Use levels: 1-30%

Sea-Land Chemical Co.

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

Baypure CX 100

Description: Iminodisuccinic acid tetra-sodium salt
Applications: Soaps, shampoos, cleaners, detergents
Comments: Environmentally-friendly, medium-strong chelant.

Stepan Company

Northfield, IL
Tel: 847-446-7500
Email: techserv@stepan.com
Website: www.stepan.com

Stepan-Mild GCC

Description: Glyceryl caprylate/caprate
Applications: Body washes, shampoos, liquid soaps, facial cleansers, creams and lotions
Use levels: 0.5-4.0%
Comments: Stepan-Mild GCC is a 100% active thickener for aqueous liquid cleansing products. The product is made from 100% renewable carbon, PEG EO/PO-free, nitrogen free and can incorporated in cold mix at any step of the process.

Zschimmer & Schwarz GmbH

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

Sebumol LPC

Description: Lauryl PCA
Applications: Water-containing and especially water-free cosmetics and toiletries, mainly solid and waxy, which should be enriched by a oil-soluble skin moisturizer. Finished products of Sebumol LPC can be used in lipstick, lip balm or other color cosmetics, hair wax, body butter, high quality creams for face, body and hand creams.
Use levels: 0.5-5%
Comments: Sebumol LPC, the moisturizing skin balm, supplies moisture and a rich but non-greasy smooth skin feel.

Sebumol ODPC

Description: Octyldodecyl PCA
Applications: Water-containing and especially water-free cosmetics and toiletries, mainly liquid or pasty without tendency to crystallisation, which should be enriched by an oil-soluble skin moisturizer. Pigment-containing cosmetics will get a brighter shine due to good wetting properties of Sebumol ODPC (Octyl-dodecl PCA) toward pigments. Color cosmetics get easier and more homogenous spreading properties on the skin. Finished products can be eyeshadow, mascara, cream-rouge, hair oil, body oil, high quality creams for face and body, sun and after sun care.
Use levels: 0.5-5%
Comments: Sebumol ODPC, the moisturizing skin silkener, supplies moisture and an effective skin conditioning in synergy with a superior skin silkening effect.

Sebumol SPC

Description: Isostearyl-PCA
Applications: Water-containing and especially water-free cosmetics and toiletries, mainly liquid or pasty without tendency to crystallisation, which should be enriched by a oil-soluble skin moisturizer. Pigment containing cosmetics will get a brighter shine due to excellent wetting properties of Sebumol SPC (Isosteary PCA) toward pigments. Spreading properties of color cosmetics on the skin are optimised due to homogeneity and brilliance of the pigment film. Finished products can be eye-shadow, mascara, cream-rouge, hair oil, body oil, high quality creams for face and body, sun and after sun care. 
Use levels: 0.5-5%
Comments: Sebumol SPC, the moisturizing skin velveter, supplies moisture and an effective skin conditioning in synergy with a superior skin velveting and nourishing effect.

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    UV protection is important, but what good is that sunscreen if consumers won’t apply it?

  • Garden Variety

    Garden Variety

    Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor||March 1, 2017
    Color cosmetics for Spring 2017 are inspired by the beauty of nature and new beginnings.

  • OTC = TLC

    OTC = TLC

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||March 1, 2017
    Over-the-counter treatments provide consumers’ skin and hair with extra care.

  • The Green Dot

    The Green Dot

    John Kim and Lambros Kromidas, PhD*, Shiseido Americas||March 1, 2017
    Insights into one of the most used trademarks in the world.

  • An Essential Read

    An Essential Read

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||March 1, 2017
    Industry expert Nadim Shaath takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the history and the future of essential oils.

  • Sustainability, Brexit and AI Are in Focus at In-Cosmetics

    Sustainability, Brexit and AI Are in Focus at In-Cosmetics

    March 1, 2017
    In-Cosmetics Global 2017 will take place in London, April 4-6, 2017

  • Trade Association Directory 2017

    February 2, 2017
    Contact details of trade associations that serve various segments of our industry and are mentioned frequently in Happi.

  • What the Halal  Is Going On?

    What the Halal Is Going On?

    Imogen Matthews , In-Cosmetics||February 2, 2017
    Demand for these beauty products is surging thanks to a fastgrowing Muslim population.

  • Relief for Sensitive Scalps

    Relief for Sensitive Scalps

    Guadalupe Pellon and Annette Mehling , BASF||February 2, 2017
    BASF researchers detail the attributes of the company’s highly effective hair care system focusing on scalp sensitivity.

  • What’s in Style?

    What’s in Style?

    Melissa Meisel , Associate Editor||February 1, 2017
    The latest sprays, gels, mousses, serums and creams for hair are filled with luxury components and meet a variety of needs

  • Defining Clean Skin

    Defining Clean Skin

    Nava Dayan PhD, Dr. Nava Dayan LLC||February 1, 2017
    A look at the issues, research and history surrounding this controversial topic.

  • Linked In

    Linked In

    Christine Esposito , Associate Editor||February 1, 2017
    Through virtual reality, apps and connected devices, beauty and personal care brands can strengthen their customer relations

  • Hitting the Right Notes

    Hitting the Right Notes

    January 6, 2017
    Agilex Fragrances is the leader in the middle market fragrance category.

  • The Smell of Clean in 2017

    The Smell of Clean in 2017

    January 6, 2017
    Changing consumer lifestyles and demographics are impacting the scents found in the household cleaning category.

  • On the Edge

    On the Edge

    January 6, 2017
    Expanding beauty brands to watch in 2017

  • A New Contender?

    A New Contender?

    January 6, 2017
    Detergent sales are up, innovation continues and Henkel is determined to make it a dogfight in the segment.

  • Engagement 2016

    Engagement 2016

    January 6, 2017
    CSPA convenes in Fort Lauderdale for annual meeting.

  • Slow & Steady

    Slow & Steady

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||December 1, 2016
    In a tumultuous environment, steady gains posted in the industrial and institutional cleaning sector are welcomed.

  • The World Comes to Orlando

    The World Comes to Orlando

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director||December 1, 2016
    More than 1,600 chemists traveled to Florida for the IFSCC Congress

  • The Plex Phenomenon

    The Plex Phenomenon

    Denise Costrini, Croda North America||December 1, 2016
    Croda details the hair-protecting qualities of bond multipliers and the company’s new bond-building formulation system.

  • New Hair Care Ingredients

    December 1, 2016
    Check out the latest releases from suppliers.

  • Hair & Now

    Hair & Now

    Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor ||December 1, 2016
    The shampoo and conditioner category is expanding with modern takes on these classic formulations.

  • Perform or Perish

    Perform or Perish

    Christine Esposito, Associate Editor||December 1, 2016
    Success in today’s skin care sector begins with active ingredients, formulated in products that address modern-day issues.