Dr. Straetmans was awarded the first place BSB Innovation Prize in the category of functional ingredients at this year’s In-Cosmetics in Barcelona for its Dermosoft decalact certified natural deodorant active (INCI: Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate (and) Triethylcitrate (and) Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil)) and natural liquid (INCI: Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate (and) Triethylcitrate) antimicrobial.
A sniff-test of 20 individuals evaluated by an expert panel under controlled conditions compared the efficacy of the ingredient with the well-known petrochemically derived ethylhexylglycerine as a benchmark. The duration of the deodorant formulation was evaluated after single use and after one week of daily use. In both cases, the natural ingredient showed a 24-hr deodorant effect, which was superior to ethylhexylglycerine, which provided a 6-hr duration. In vitro testing against Corynebacterium xerosis, performed prior to sniff-testing, had shown the ingredient to exhibit the same reduction of microbes as triclosan and ethylhexylglycerine.
In addition, the company's Dermosoft decalact liquid shows efficacy against germs causing acne, athlete’s foot or Candidosis, and outperforms ingredients like climbazole or triclosan. The natural ingredient shows equal or superior in vitro performance in applications like anti-acne products, foot creams to prevent athlete’s foot, or products for intimate hygiene. With the growing concern of the public opinion about many petrochemically derived ingredients (e.g., triclosane and climbazole), manufacturers are looking for natural alternatives that are as efficient but have a better image.