The novel surfactant, INCI name Cocamidopropyl Betaine, is based on RSPO certified sustainable palm kernel oil.
Certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and palm kernel oil (CSPKO) is produced by palm oil plantations which have been independently audited and found to comply with the globally agreed environmental standards devised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
These stringent sustainability criteria relate to social, environmental and economic good practice.
Palm oil and its derivatives account for 35% of the world's vegetable oil market because it requires 10 times less land than other oil-producing crops, and is used in the majority of cosmetics products.
Evonik says there is a growing global demand for responsibly sourced feedstocks, which influenced its developments, along with the demand for cost-effective and mild cleansing products with excellent foaming and pleasing rheological properties.
“The new 38% active betaine provides superior thickening which can reduce the formulation cost,” says Lisa Dierks, Global Marketing Communication Manager, Personal Care.
“The easily processable secondary surfactant can be used in a wide range of surfactant systems delivering excellent foam and improved mildness.”
Due to its thickening performance, Evonik says it provides an improved cost/performance ratio compared to standard CAPBs.
The RSPO-certified palm-based feedstock is suitable for a broad range of application formats in the cleansing care market, including body washes, shampoos, liquid soaps, foam baths, oral care and soap bars.
The importance of using sustainable palm and palm kernel oil is growing as consistent consumer demand for ethically and environmentally sound cosmetic and personal hygiene products, sees a growing number of manufacturers are assessing their palm oil supply chains.