New Ingredients from Syensqo at InCosmetics 2024 

We were excited to see so many new and innovative personal care ingredients being showcased at InCosmetics in April, especially from our own principal suppliers such as Syensqo. 

Here are some of the standout skin care and hair care products talked about by Syensqo at InCosmetics 2024, that we’re pleased to offer formulators:

Dermalcare® AVOLIA MB

Dermalcare® AVOLIA MB presents a natural, optimised alternative to non volatile silicones, offering equal sensory benefits without the environmental and build-up concerns associated with silicones.

Dermalcare® AVOLIA MB combines Isoamyl Laurate and Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil to deliver exceptional conditioning, lightness, and shine, suitable for all hair types. Its 1.0 Natural Origin Index (ISO 16128) rating and COSMOS certification underline its appeal to formulators seeking sustainable, high-performance ingredients for clean beauty applications.

Geropon® TC Clear MB

Geropon® TC Clear MB is an innovative liquid Cocoyl Taurate that offers unparalleled ease of handling and formulation flexibility. As a fully stable liquid at room temperature, it simplifies manufacturing processes by eliminating the need for pre-heating and extensive mixing. 

Ideal for various personal care products from body washes to toothpaste, Geropon® TC Clear MB enhances foaming properties and provides a balanced feel to hair and skin. Its stability across a broad pH range and its low environmental impact, with ultra-low salt content and RSPO MB certification, make it an excellent choice for sustainable and high-performance personal care formulations.

Mirataine® CET

Mirataine® CET, a high-performance cetyl betaine, is designed as an effective viscosity booster particularly for sulphate-free cleansing formulas. It serves as an efficient secondary surfactant and foam stabiliser, catering to a wide array of personal care applications including body washes, shampoos, facial cleansers, and liquid hand soaps. 

Mirataine® CET offers excellent stability across extreme pH environments and in the presence of bleach, ensuring robust performance in diverse formulations. It is supplied in a liquid form with a typical use level of 6-8% as supplied, providing ease of use for formulators looking to enhance product viscosity without compromising clarity or stability.

Mirataine® OMG MB

Mirataine® OMG MB is a cutting-edge emulsifier designed to create multisensory experiences in oil-based formulations. This powerful, EO-free emulsifier excels in forming clear polyol-oil gels that transform into oil or milk upon application, pushing the boundaries of traditional personal care products. 

Suitable for a wide range of applications including nourishing creams, cleansing gels, and hair care treatments, Mirataine® OMG MB allows for high oil loads while ensuring clarity and stability. Its exceptional sensory profile and ease of use make it a valuable addition to any formulator’s toolkit focused on innovation and consumer satisfaction.

Miranol® Ultra L28 ULS MB

Miranol® Ultra L28 ULS MB is an ultra-low salt Lauroamphoacetate that provides mild cleansing with excellent skin compatibility. This amphoteric surfactant is especially beneficial for formulators working on sulphate-free systems, as it aids in thickening and enhancing the sensory attributes of personal care products without the clarity and stability issues often associated with higher salt levels. Its effectiveness in low-irritant formulations makes it ideal for products targeting sensitive skin and scalp, reinforcing its utility in developing gentle yet effective personal care solutions.

Naternal™ Care Clear SGI

Naternal™ Care Clear SGI is a groundbreaking conditioning solution, tailored for clear formulations targeting low to medium hair damage. It stands out with its impressive sustainability credentials, being readily biodegradable and non-ecotoxic. 

Derived from 100% bio-sourced Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Naternal™ Care Clear SGI ensures superior conditioning from root to tip, both in wet and dry stages. It promises excellent detangling and softness without any build-up, making it a prime choice for formulators aiming to replace conventional polyquaterniums in their products.

What Next?

We are more than a supplier; we’re a full service partner offering formulation development, regulatory advice, sampling and testing. So get in touch today for more information about these innovative ingredients from Syensqo and let’s see how they could transform your next formulation.

Spotlight on Polycare® Therapies for Hair from Syensqo

Syensqo have developed three groundbreaking hair care ingredients that tackle some of the most common consumer hair care problems, from split ends to heat protection and anti-frizz, in innovative ways. 

Let’s take a closer look.

Polycare® Heat Therapy: An Effective, Natural Heat Shield

INCI: Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Polycare® Heat Therapy offers an innovative, natural, non-ecotoxic solution for safeguarding hair against the ravages of high temperatures. This double-derivatized cationic guar forms an invisible shield on the hair’s surface, preserving not just the hair’s structural integrity but also its softness and manageability. 

This breakthrough ingredient not only promises to protect hair from heat-induced damage but also enhances styling results, offering more control and maintaining the hair’s natural feel without buildup. With extensive testing showing significantly less damage compared to other natural products and improved resistance to breakage, Polycare® Heat Therapy stands out as a superior choice for maintaining strong, healthy hair. It even eases the combing process on wet hair, reducing the force required and further protecting the hair from mechanical damage. 

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This bio-based, silicone-free product is not just about preventing damage; it’s about enhancing the overall hair styling experience, making it an indispensable addition to any hair care routine focused on health and beauty.

Key Benefits

  • Heat protection active ingredient
  • Discipline and straightening effect
  • Multifunctional ingredient protects and cares
  • Cold-processable
  • No build-up in multiple applications
  • Number one bio-based silicone replacement 

Polycare® Split Therapy: Stepping into Real Hair Cure

INCI: Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Polycare® Split Therapy presents a pioneering advancement in hair care with its ability to repair more than 90% of split ends from the first application. Developed from bio-sourced guar, this innovation offers a long-lasting solution that withstands combing, washing, and heat, marking a significant leap from traditional treatments. Unlike typical commercial serums that show a 60-73% repair rate, Polycare® Split Therapy boasts a 90-95% effectiveness, demonstrating superior performance without leaving any residue, even on Caucasian hair. This effectiveness is further underscored by its 93% repair retention rate after heat styling at 180°C, showcasing its resilience and efficiency.

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The secret behind Polycare® Split Therapy’s success lies in its unique ability to interact with the hair’s split surface chemistry, creating a thin film that effectively seals split ends and ensures durability without buildup. This technology, which surpasses conventional repair methods, has earned Solvay the “Best Innovation Contributor Beauty Care” award from Henkel. Ideal for shampoos, conditioners, and serums, Polycare® Split Therapy is a testament to Syensqo’s commitment to offering sustainable, less damaging hair care alternatives that cater to the modern consumer’s demand for natural, effective solutions.

Key Benefits

  • Up to 90% repair of split ends from 1st use
  • Typical use level 0.5%
  • Long-lasting sealing
  • Resists washing, combing and flat ironing
  • Easy to process: cold-processable and no premix needed
  • No residue or build-up, not sticky

Protection for Coloured Hair

Polycare® Split Therapy also offers powerful damage protection when bleaching or colouring hair. When incorporated into lightening powders or added just before colouring, it significantly reduces cuticle damage, ensuring that cuticles remain almost intact and resulting in noticeably softer hair. 

When incorporated into bleaching or colouring products, ​​Polycare® Split Therapy also reduced colour fade over time, so hair was less dull after multiple washes. 

Polycare® Frizz Therapy: Anti-Frizz Solution for Durable Shape

INCI: Polymethacrylamido-propyltrimonium Chloride

Polycare® Frizz Therapy is a groundbreaking synthetic, low-viscosity cationic polymer designed to combat frizz effectively in both straight and curly hair. Boasting superior performance over current market leaders, this ingredient operates by neutralising the negative charge in damaged or wet hair, reducing frizz significantly. 

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It offers exceptional humidity resistance for up to three days, ensures durable shape and discipline, and is ideal for daily application due to its high solubility in common solvents and non-greasy, non-sticky nature.

Polycare® Frizz Therapy is not just about controlling frizz; it’s also about enhancing the overall health and appearance of hair. With benefits like no negative sensory impact, superior heat protection, and suitability for minimalist beauty regimes, this ingredient supports a simplified beauty routine while providing effective frizz control and heat defence. It’s perfect for use in a variety of hair care formulations, including leave-in treatments and creams. 

Key Benefits

  • High humidity resistance
  • Not greasy, not sticky, no flakes
  • No build up, no stiffening/cardboard effect
  • Ideal for daily use
  • Heat protection

If you want to learn more about how to incorporate Syensqo’s Polycare® Therapies for Hair into your formulation, or if you’d like to request a sample, please get in touch.

Introducing Rheozan® BLC: A New Era of Sustainability in Home Care

Introducing Rheozan® BLC: A New Era of Sustainability in Home Care

In the evolving landscape of home care products, sustainability and efficacy are paramount. HARKE UK is proud to introduce Rheozan® BLC, a groundbreaking solution from Syensqo that embodies both. As a 100% natural suspension agent, Rheozan® BLC offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional chemical agents in various home care applications.

What is Rheozan® BLC?

Rheozan® BLC is a natural polymer, produced through a non-GMO biotech fermentation process. It utilises bacterial cellulose from the Komagataeibacter species, refined through stages of fermentation, purification, and activation. This innovative product forms a three-dimensional nanofibers network that enhances the suspension of particulates in concentrated surfactant formulas without altering the viscosity, a common challenge in traditional products.

Key Benefits of Rheozan® BLC

Enhanced Suspension Capabilities

Rheozan® BLC ensures stable suspension at a remarkably low active loading (~500 ppm) for various applications, such as fragrance capsules in laundry detergents. This strong suspension power is maintained without impacting the viscosity of the formulation, allowing for more aesthetic and functional flexibility in product design. Rheozan® BLC also stabilises low viscosity spray emulsions (like furniture polishes) and cream cleansers.

Compatibility and Versatility

Rheozan® BLC excels across a broad pH spectrum and is compatible with enzymes, making it an ideal choice for a variety of home care products. It comes in liquid form and is easy to incorporate with low-energy mixing, making it valuable for diverse formulations, from liquid laundry detergent to hand dishwashing liquids.

Sustainability at Its Core

Rheozan® BLC is not only 100% natural but also readily biodegradable. It meets upcoming EU regulations, including those concerning microplastics and biodegradability, making it a forward-thinking choice for brands committed to environmental responsibility.

Real-World Applications

From enhancing the functionality of laundry sanitizers by suspending high concentrations of fragrance capsules, to stabilising cream cleansers and low viscosity spray emulsions, Rheozan® BLC is transforming home care products. It also allows for the incorporation of visual cues like golden nylon particles or opacifiers, adding to the sensory and visual appeal of consumer products.

To learn more about how Rheozan® BLC can revolutionise your home care products, and to get more data on its various home care applications, contact us today.

Syensqo – Miracare® OPR-2

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a significant change in the personal care industry as we all collectively become more conscious of our environmental impact. Consumers’ expectations are changing, with more emphasis being put on choosing eco-friendly products that contain well-sourced ingredients and provide significant wellness benefits. In addition, the tightening of regulations around the use of microplastics means that many formulators are now searching for alternatives to synthetic ingredients.

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Syensqo: Tackling Climate Change

Climate change is a global emergency that’s affecting everyone – every individual, community, country and organisation. It’s therefore absolutely vital that we all continue to work together to collectively reduce our environmental impact as much as possible. 

Many organisations are already working hard to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and for personal care formulators to achieve this goal they need to review each product’s entire lifecycle: looking at how their ingredients are sourced, how the product is manufactured and distributed, how it’s used by the consumer and finally how it’s disposed. 

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Revolutionising Hair and Skin Care with Biodegradable Polymers: Introducing Naternal™ from Syensqo

In a world increasingly focused on sustainable, eco-friendly solutions, Syensqo’s range of biodegradable polymers is making waves in the beauty and personal care industry. Naternal™ offers a green alternative to traditional ingredients, aligning perfectly with the growing demand for environmentally conscious products. In this blog, we’ll explore the Naternal™ range, its various grades, composition, and how they can be used in different formulations for hair and skin care.

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Polycare® Frizz Therapy From Solvay

Want to take your anti-frizz formulations to the next level? Then take a look at Solvay’s impressive Polycare® Frizz Therapy: a synthetic low-viscosity cationic polymer that offers outstanding anti-frizz performance for straight or curly hair compared to the industry’s leading benchmark.

In this blog post we’ll be discussing how Polycare® Frizz Therapy works, what makes it so unique and how you can get your hands on it.   

Polycare® Frizz Therapy: how does it work?

Using advanced technology, Polycare® Frizz Therapy works by counteracting the most common cause of frizzy hair, which often occurs by damaged or wet hair becoming negatively charged. Through static attraction, Polycare® Frizz Therapy’s positively charged properties neutralise negatively charged hair and minimise frizz. This innovative ingredient also provides a high resistance to humidity for up to three days, maintains durable shape and long-lasting discipline, and is suitable for daily use.

The visual assessment below shows the effect of Polycare® Frizz Therapy over three days:

Polycare® Frizz Therapy – Visual assessment (50%)

Key features

  • Comes in a liquid concentrated form (32–34% active matter)
  • Readily soluble in many common solvents such as water, alcohols and glycols
  • Suitable for daily use
  • Offers high humidity resistance for up to three days
  • Provides excellent heat protection and is non-greasy and non-sticky
  • REACH compliant
  • Listed under the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC)

Applications

Polycare® Frizz Therapy is most effective when used in preventative leave-in treatments and creams before hot tools or styling instruments are used. However, it has also proven to have good anti-frizz capabilities in leave-on products, sprays and creams. Products that are formulated with Polycare® Frizz Therapy also result in no flakes, no build up and no cardboard effect. 

Benefits

Here are some of the key benefits that Polycare® Frizz Therapy can bring to your anti-frizz hair care formulations:

No negative sensory impact

In addition to its outstanding anti-frizz properties, the visual assessment from Solvay identified that Polycare® Frizz Therapy also provides a natural, non-greasy and non-sticky look with no negative sensory impact (see Solvay’s website for details). 

Superior heat protection

Polycare® Frizz Therapy offers superb heat protection properties by increasing the matrix crosslink density of the hair and improving the structural integrity of ordered hair proteins, when compared to untreated hair. This lowers the damage caused by straighteners and other heat styling products, and means that the hair is better protected over repeated applications.

Answers the demand for minimalist beauty care products

Minimalist beauty care (or ‘skinimalism’) is a hot topic in both the beauty and hair care industries, with many consumers now actively searching for products that simplify their beauty and hair care regimes. Polycare® Frizz Therapy taps into this demand, with its combination of outstanding anti-frizz properties and heat protection capabilities, helping the consumer to save both money and time! 

Formulating with Polycare® Frizz Therapy

If you’d like to find out more about this innovative new ingredient from Solvay, visit their website or get in touch with our technical experts for specialist advice and product samples. Be sure to check out Solvay’s two other hair health actives too: Polycare® Heat Therapy and Polycare® Split Therapy!