Putting the Facts in Surfactants: Everything you should know on the high-performance, but problematic ingredients
Nearly all personal care products contain surfactants, but these traditional ingredients come with an array of challenges, such as problematic supply chains that include palm oil, toxic by-products such as 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, and side effects including skin irritation. These issues are driving a growing demand for sulfate-free surfactant alternatives. While a few options exist, such as Alkylpolyglucosides (APGs), most are made through carbon-intensive and synthetic chemical processes with higher costs—creating their own list of problems.
Biosurfactants have been recognized as the best alternative to surfactants due to their superior performance, versatility and lower usage rates. The problem? There wasn’t a production method that could make them commercially viable at the costs and scale needed for use in personal care products…until now.
Locus Performance Ingredients developed production technology enabling the creation of high purity, customizable biosurfactant solutions for personal care formulations. The company recently launched its Ferma™ S line of sophorolipids—biosurfactants in the glycolipid class—designed to give formulators performance-driven and sustainable ingredient solutions that replace palm oil-based and petrochemical ingredients, eliminate aquatic toxicity, reduce carbon footprints and maximize results.
Ferma™ S sophorolipids have remarkably low usage rates and are designed to replace or reduce the usage of traditional surfactants, APGs, ethoxylates and sulfates in personal care formulations—without any of the irritation or toxic byproducts. The ingredients come in two specifications that meet personal care applications at either end of the HLB (hydrophilic-lipophilic balance) scale—from make-up removal, skin washes for oil skin and oil-based serums to foaming agents, cleaners, and oil-in-water emulsions like aromatherapy face masks. These two specifications are also perfectly compatible for blending and are designed for creative formulators who have unique formulations that require custom surfactant solutions.
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