Clariant to ramp up plant-based mild surfactant capacity as mildness claims rise

By Kacey Culliney

- Last updated on GMT

Clariant's mild surfactants can be used in syndet beauty bars, body washes and cream shampoos (Getty Images)
Clariant's mild surfactants can be used in syndet beauty bars, body washes and cream shampoos (Getty Images)

Related tags Clariant Surfactant mildness Personal care plant-based

Global ingredients major Clariant will expand production of its isethionates mild surfactants to plug increasing needs of personal care manufacturers making more mildness and hygiene claims.

Clariant will ramp up production of its Hostapon SCI range at two sites – Tarragona, Spain and Mount Holly, USA – adding capacity and modernising facilities simultaneously, to optimise energy consumption.

Additional supply of the ultra-mild, plant-based surfactants would be available in the first quarter of 2021, the company said.

‘Increasing shift’ towards mild surfactants

Clariant said the decision to upscale production capacity aimed to “support the increasing shift by personal care formulators and brands towards using mild surfactants to differentiate applications”.

The move also supported the growing consumer trend for hygiene products, it said.

Its mild surfactants line could be used in a range of applications, including syndet beauty bars, body washes and cream shampoos.

Christian Vang, global head of Clariant’s industrial and consumer specialities business unit, said investments that supported the latest beauty and personal care trends remained important.

“Mild surfactants are a growing sector driven by consumers seeking new mildness claims, invaluable in helping formulators to answer needs for mild cleansing hygiene, sensitive skin solutions, solid formats and more natural ingredients,”​ Vang said.

Upscaling production of this mild surfactants line, he said, enabled Clariant to respond to an increase in the development of “milder and healthier”​ personal care products.

Mildness also the focus in testing

As mildness claims increased, testing had also been spotlighted. Last year, UK vegan lab XCellR8 validated an in vitro​ mildness predicting test​ it said provided a significant opportunity for the cosmetics world to move beyond outdated testing methods.

The test – an adaption of a regulatory skin irritation test – had been validated against human volunteer trials and was able to accurately predict the human in vivo​ clinical scores in all studies.

Speaking to CosmeticsDesign-Europe at the time, Dr Carol Treasure, CEO and founder of XCellR8, said mildness remained an important trend in cosmetics and personal care.

“The need for mildness doesn’t go away. It might sound a little bit less sexy than some of the current things like microbiome or blue light that come and go, but the need for mild cosmetics is universal really,”​ Treasure said.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Get your skin ready for summer

Get your skin ready for summer

Content provided by Robertet Health & Beauty | 27-Jun-2023 | Product Brochure

Sunbathing at the beach is the first UV-related skin damage that comes to mind. Whereas, enjoying a coffee on a terrace under the sun can be as harmful.

Tagra Launches New Water-Soluble Biotin Revolution

Tagra Launches New Water-Soluble Biotin Revolution

Content provided by Tagra Biotechnologies | 05-Apr-2023 | Product Presentation

Biotin (vitamin B7) helps improve hair health, skin’s pigmentation, and nail’s appearance. Biotin occurs as a crystalline powder with very little solubility...

Related suppliers

Follow us


View more


Beauty 4.0 Podcast