Ingredients

Smart alternatives to sulphates

Isolated tooth with green and blue arrowsThe oral care category has changed drastically over the past five years. Orkila South Africa, through its international principal, Kalichem Italia, has introduced a range of olive oil-based surfactants to meet local market needs.

Speak to the senses with silicones from Dow Corning

African lady smelling white flowerConsumer demand has evolved over the years in the personal care industry. Nowadays consumers seek a fine balance between superior performance, visual impact and unique aesthetics with sensory effects playing a key role.

Evonik commercialises biosurfactants

Perfect foam demonstrated by Evonik using biosurfactantsEvonik, the global specialty chemicals company, is now the first in the world to use biotech methods for producing industrial-scale quantities of high-quality surfactants. These are key components of modern shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. The achievement has been made possible by over five years of research and a unique combination of expertise in the fields of biotechnology, process engineering, and interfacial chemistry. Evonik scientists from Germany, China, and Slovakia were involved in the project.

Merck and Agrimer collaborate on marine-derived actives

Lady rising out of the water for Merck’s marine-derived actives campaign – source Getty ImagesMerck, a leading science and technology company, has entered into a long-term agreement with the French company, Agrimer, to use innovative marine active ingredients. This cooperation has now produced the first marine active ingredient from a new genetically decoded species of algae. RonaCare RenouMer is specifically designed to maintain the skin’s firmness and support collagen formation.

Zinc oxide recognised by Cosmetics Europe

Iconic image of a woman used by Croda in its marketing for its Solaveil Clarus brand of zinc oxide dispersionsCroda has welcomed the news that zinc oxide (ZnO) has now been approved by Cosmetics Europe as a UV filter for use in cosmetics and sun care products. As South Africa follows the EU regulations, this development is likely to soon be adopted locally.

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