Ordinarily, manufacturers of personal care and beauty products rely on water as a primary ingredient in formulations. However, due to increased global concern for water scarcity and climate change, manufacturers are actively innovating new high-performing rinse-off products such as super concentrates and solid cleansing bars, sticks, and powders that contain less to no water as well as require less water during manufacturing. The urgency to produce such products in the next ten years has increased due to the UN's announcement: "Data suggests that achieving universal access to even basic sanitation service by 2030 would require doubling the current annual rate of progress. More efficient use and management of water are critical to addressing the growing demand for water, threats to water security, and the increasing frequency and severity of droughts and floods resulting from climate change." (Report of the Secretary-General, Special edition: progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.)
The pressure is not just on personal care manufacturers, but also on ingredient suppliers to offer enabling solutions for the development of these new products. Excellent choices for these applications are Taurate surfactants such as Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate and Sodium Methyl Lauroyl Taurate, which are versatile ingredients used in the production of soap, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Taurate surfactants are remarkably stable across a wide pH range, have excellent detergency and wetting with high-foaming capabilities while maintaining their performance in hard water and salt water; also, they are recognized for their extreme mildness to the skin.
Innospec Performance Chemicals, a producer of industry-leading ingredients like Pureact WS Conc, a sulfate-free Cocoyl Taurate surfactant, is actively innovating cutting edge technologies within its Taurate surfactant product range to address the challenge of water scarcity. Innospec Performance Chemicals' Pureact TR-L90, Sodium Methyl Lauroyl Taurate, is an excellent solution for manufacturers because it has all the positive attributes known to Taurates and is available as a solid, salt-free surfactant in a chip or flake form. This unique solid ingredient is ideal for formulating cleansing super concentrates and solid bars, sticks, and powders. Pureact TR-L90 is also readily biodegradable because it is naturally derived from vegetable sources, making it an ideal choice for those looking to create eco-friendly and sustainable formulations.
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