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    Silicon replacement

    Silicon replacement for personal care products

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    The search for biodegradable alternatives to silicones for personal care

    Silicones, or polysiloxanes, are key ingredients in personal care formulations like creams and lotions or hair conditioners. In these formulations, they prevent foaming while at the same time providing a pleasant sensory experience – the silicone feel. Unfortunately, polysiloxanes exhibit very low biodegradability.

    The challenges we face

    The defoaming activity of biodegradable alternatives is often lower and depends to a large extent on other ingredients in a cosmetic formulation. Alternative defoamers often influence the sensory experience offered by a cosmetic formulation in an undesired way. We would love to be able to use a fully biodegradable defoaming system in skincare creams and lotions as well as in conditioning agents for hair.

    How we could collaborate with you

    If you can identify biodegradable defoaming systems that show attractive performance in emulsions, let’s talk. We are very interested in any ideas on how to generate a silicone-like sensory experience without using polysiloxanes.

    These ingredients should be accessible by sustainable processes according to the Principles of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and must be fully biodegradable.

    The ideas you share with us will be evaluated by a team of experts from different disciplines and functions.

    Let's jointly shape a sustainable future for personal care. Submit your proposals now!

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