UV filters and natural functionals in the spotlight: BASF ingredients win awards

By Lucy Whitehouse

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UV filters and natural functionals in the spotlight: BASF ingredients win awards
BASF, a leading ingredients player, has won recognition for two of its ingredients: one a UV filter bringing broadband UV protection to the water phase, and one a pure vegan functional polymer.

The ingredients - Tinosorb® S Lite Aqua and Rheocare® XGN respectively - were recognized as part of the BSB Innovation Prize, awarded by Geman consulting agency BSB.

The BSB Innovation Awards have been running since 2003, recognizing innovative products in the cosmetics sector across four categories: raw materials/actives, raw materials/functionals, end products and end products/packaging.

Each of these is split into ‘Natural Products’ and ‘Cosmetics’ as superordinate categories.

Ulrich Issberner, Director Operative Marketing Personal Care Europe, said: “This award is a recognition of our commitment to answer consumer trends with innovative products.

“Personal care is a fast moving and highly fragmented market. That we have been awarded proves that we are on the right track – and we are keen to fulfill the high demands of our customers also in the future.”

Ingredients profiles

Tinosorb® S Lite Aqua is the UV-filter that offers broad-band protection to the water phase in sun care formulations, while Rheocare® XGN is the first polymer launched by BASF based on pure vegan xanthan gum.

Tinosorb allows cosmetic manufacturers to reduce the UV-filter load in the oil phase for more formulation flexibility and lighter formulations, explains BASF.

Distributing the UV filter load between the oil and water phase boosts the SPF and UVA protection factor, meaning the ingredient is good for low viscous formulations.

Rheocare is 100% based on renewable feedstock and not produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The ingredient offers formulators a powerful thickening agent and stabilizer for emulsion and surfactant based formulations.

It creates crystal-clear formulations, has a high electrolyte and ethanol tolerance, can be processed cold and is easy to use even without neutralization step​,” says BASF, noting that the polysaccharide can be used for various cosmetic applications and is suitable for oral care.

It is COSMOS-compliant and suitable for NATRUE formulations.

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