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Rethinking the nature of cosmetics

Glycolipids by Evonik

Glycolipids are a special type of biosurfactants. RHEANCE® glycolipids lead a new era of all-natural ingredients that do not compromise on performance. Derived from nature to provide natural, pleasant sensations, combining excellent skin compatibility and powerful cleansing with unprecedented environmental compatibility.

A rising interest

Consumers across the world are becoming more interested in all-natural products, as part of a healthier lifestyle and their perceptions that natural offerings are safer.

The plus factor: responsibilty

Consumers are more closely evaluating companies’ environmental and social responsibility.

A noticable gap

A larger number of consumers want “green” products but have difficulty accessing products that truly deliver on environmental parameters.

Ecosystem services: linking nature and people

The World Wildlife Fund’s “One Planet Perspective” encourages companies to align their activities so that they are actively contributing to a healthy and resilient planet for future generations:

  • preserve natural capital
  • produce more sustainably
  • equitable resource governance
  • redirect financial flows
  • consume more wisely

Trustworthy sourcing

Ingredients tracking „from farm to face“ can strengthen consumers confidence in the ingredients authenticity.

For today's consumers

  • Organic compounds of high purity, with a structure alike molecules found in nature
  • Sugar-based, 100% renewable raw materials
  • Replicate nature’s combination of pleasant skin feel and excellent skin compatibility
  • Synthesized by microorganisms through a reliable fermentation process. Combines Evonik’s expertise in biotechnology, process engineering and interfacial technology

And future generations

  • 100% biodegradable: RHEANCE® Glycolipids are biodegraded in natural water environments and thus
  • substantially contribute to the reduction of waste in natural fresh water and marine ecosystems
  • Traceable: RHEANCE® Glycolipids are produced exclusively from agricultural resources, traceable to plantation site to ensure constant surveillance and to allow a closer dialogue with farmers. Unlike feedstocks from high complex supply chains (i.e. tropical oils)
  • Low aquatic toxicity: RHEANCE® Glycolipids are environmentally compatible, show low toxicity to
  • aquatic organisms and have low potential for bioaccumulation
  • Responsible sourcing: Evonik is committed to sustainable actions, investing in technological progress and
  • more efficient infrastructures, to reduce its environmental footprint. Evonik is supporting local farm holders to improve their agricultural practices and the quality of their livelihoods