For the modern consumer, the concepts of well-being and
performance are closely linked. They are looking for a holistic product experience
for the products they buy, from personal care to home care / I&I. At In-Cosmetics
India in Mumbai, Cognis Care Chemicals and its active ingredients business Laboratoires
Sérobiologiques exhibited a range of products and concepts designed to
deliver a holistic product experience in line with the wellness trend. Among the
ingredients and products on display were solubilizers, emulsifiers, surfactants,
thickener, wax dispersions, emollients, polymers and active ingredients that enable
manufacturers to meet new consumer demands.
Today's consumers are looking
for personal care products that give them a sense of well-being, both during and
after use. Cetiol® SenSoft, the so-called "happy" emollient, enables
manufacturers to exactly meet the demand for a holistic sensorial product experience.
Its effects have been verified using two unique testing methods. Cetiol SenSoft
is highly compatible with commonly used raw materials, and offers excellent hydrolytic
stability, good UV filter solubilizing power and powder-wetting properties. It
is therefore suitable for a range of applications, including face, body and sun
care products, as well as decorative cosmetics and deodorants.
at Cognis' booth was Cosmedia® SP, a high-performance polymer for the skin
care market. Available as an easy-to-handle, pH-neutral powder, it is a highly
efficient emulsifier, thickener and stabilizer. It also provides a very pleasant
sensorial experience, and gives formulators precise control over how their products
feel on the skin. Cosmedia SP is ideal for use in low-viscosity, light care products
such as sprays and lotions, and can be applied in richer, higher-viscosity cream
and gel formulations.
Also presented were two acrylic homopolymers coming
in liquid form - Cosmedia® CTH (E), which is cationic, and Cosmedia® ATH,
which is anionic. They are designed to enhance the performance of skin and hair
care formulations, as well as improving their spreading characteristics.
additionally was Ultragel® 300, a cationic polymer in powderform, which controls
rheology in hair and skin care preparations. As well as being used in clear formulations,
the polymer has also become a popular choice of thickener for creams and lotions,
delivering a soft and silky skin feel.
For many formulators of shampoo
and body cleansing products, viscosity adjustment is a challenge, especially with
the use of sulphate-free systems. Arlypon® TT is a high performance thickening
agent designed for this purpose and difficult-to-thicken systems. It synergistically
thickens due to its associative and micellar composition. Surfactant systems,
whether they are completely free of sulphates and betaines, low active matter
systems, or blends of specific mild surfactants, are tamed by Arlypon TT. The
product is pumpable, cold processable, and preservative-free.
showcased Lamesoft® Care, a power conditioning concept offering exceptional
skin and hair conditioning effects. Its micronized lipid system delivers intensive
conditioning effects for hair care concepts and excellent sensory properties in
body wash products. As a unique performance wax, Lamesoft Care meets consumers'
performance expectations without the use of silicones. Furthermore, it provides
shampoo and shower products with a luxurious and elegant pearl shine effect.
skin whitening market has steadily grown over the past few years. To meet this
demand, Laboratoires Sérobiologiques (LS) has designed Actiwhite
LS 9808, a tailor-made whitener with a demonstrated innovative pathway of melanin
synthesis inhibition - linked to a decrease of tyrosinase activity in melanocytes
and also to an inhibition of melanosome maturation - resulting in a significant
whitening efficacy versus market benchmark, while ensuring a perfect skin tolerance.
with the trends towards natural well-being products, LS also showcased Marajo
ScrubTM LS 9843, a 100 percent natural Amazonian native clay, rich in mineral
salts, allowing gentle micro-exfoliation. It leaves the skin smooth and softens
and restores its radiance, as demonstrated in a clinical test. Marajo Scrub conforms
to the Ecocert standard for ecological and organic cosmetics.
LS 9766, a compound of phytosterols from canola (rapeseed) and cetearyl alcohol,
for soothing and beautifying both the skin and hair, was also displayed on LS's
booth. Its ability to significantly reduce scalp irritations was demonstrated
clinically, in a rinse-off formulation. It is also suitable for sensitive skin
applications, including baby care and depilatories.
In line with market
demand for safer and more "natural" cosmetic ranges, LS presented Elestab
PB Free LS 9842, a ready-to-use hydrosoluble paraben free preservative system.
Available in liquid form, it allows complete antimicrobial action spectrum ensuring
perfectly protected cosmetic formulations the easy way.
In the home care
and I&I market, consumers demand convenient products that offer increased
cleaning power while also being fast and easy to use. Cognis presented Polyquart
Ampho® 149 and Polyquart® PRO, which are high performance additives for
hard surface cleaners that provide enhanced shine, streak-free cleaning, less
resoiling and spotless drying. Both products are compatible with all types of
surfactants and can be used in cleaner formulations at a wide pH range.
featured at the Cognis booth was Arlypon® VPC, a multifunctional ingredient
that functions as a thickener, surfactant and solubilizer especially for highly
acidic cleaner formulations. Arlypon VPC efficiently thickens cleaner formulations
increasing the dwell time thus giving the acid more time to penetrate the soil
and remove it. Moreover, due to its functionality and easy handling the complexity
of the manufacturing process can be reduced.
Natural, renewable raw materials
combined with an outstanding ecological footprint are one of the keys to achieve
success in the markets. Cognis APG® surfactants (Glucopon®, Plantaren®
and Plantacare® brands) are obtained from renewable plant-derived raw materials,
such as coconut oil and starch. The Glucopon brands combine mildness to human
skin, environmental compatibility, and pose no risk to human health, yet still
offer excellent cleaning performance in laundry detergents, hard surface cleaners,
and manual dish detergents alike. Cognis Plantacare and Plantaren brands also
show impressive performance in foaming, cleaning, and mildness in personal care
products, which make them widely accepted by formulators and ideal for mild shampoos,
bath, and shower gel applications.
Ingredients such as fragrances, essential
oils and vitamins also play an increasingly important role for consumers in the
home and personal care industry, e.g. for products related to the wellness trend,
delivering via a high level of aetheric oils a relaxing experience. However, incorporating
these ingredients into formulations requires highly effective solubilizers. Cognis
offers a comprehensive range of those, suitable for use in a wide variety of formulations,
including both clear liquids and milky products. While Eumulgin® L and Eumulgin®
HPS perform well in water and water/ethanol systems, Eumulgin® ES, Eumulgin®
HF 70 are specially designed for surfactant-based systems.
Cognis Care Chemicals
- a strong focus on high-growth markets
Asia-Pacific is the second biggest
personal and home care market behind Western Europe. According to a recent study
by Kline & Company, sales of cosmetics and toiletries in India grew by 12.6
percent in 2006. Young-Yull Kim, VP Sales & Marketing Cognis Care Chemicals
Asia-Pacific comments: "Asia is one of the key markets for our future success,
and the Indian market in particular is growing very rapidly. With a population
of over one billion, and increasing demand from the growing middle classes, marketers
are recognizing the tremendous opportunity for manufacturers of cosmetics and
toiletries. The trend towards natural products over synthetic ones is as well
taking pace in Asia."
About Laboratoires Sérobiologiques
Sérobiologiques is Cognis Care Chemicals' active ingredients business.
It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative cosmetic
concepts and active ingredients.
Cognis is a worldwide supplier
of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular
focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 7,700
people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries.
Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers
natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare
markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus
is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants,
textiles, as well as agriculture and mining. The subsidiary Pulcra Chemicals offers
specialized chemical products and process expertise to customers in the fiber,
textile, and leather industries. Cognis also holds a 50-percent stake in the joint
venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world's leading manufacturers of oleochemicals.
is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and
SV Life Sciences. In 2006, Cognis recorded sales of 3.37 billion euros and an
Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 394 million euros.