Sulfate Free

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Sulfate-free concept


For many years, sulfate-containing surfactants have been the predominant base for personal care cleansing formulations. With consumers becoming more and more conscious when it comes to cosmetic ingredients, there is a trend toward replacing these traditional surfactants with sulfate-free alternatives. Evonik Personal Care offers a range of highly effective sulfate-free cleansing formulations.


  • Sulfate-free formulations are gaining popularity

  • Benefits: Enhanced mildness, improved wash fastness of hair dyes

  • The challenge: Sulfate-free surfactants usually have poor foaming and are difficult to thicken 

  • Evonik’s solution: Optimized combination of surfactants & addition of thickening agents

  • Product highlights: REWOTERIC® AM C, ANTIL® Soft SC MB, ANTIL® SPA 80, TEGO® Sulfosuccinate DO 75

These days, many cosmetic products advertise the absence of various ingredients that are out of consumer favor, such as parabens, preservatives in general, or sulfates. Many consumers associate such 'free-from' claims with cosmetic benefits such as increased mildness and often being more naturally-derived products. Sulfates, particularly in personal cleansing products, have the disadvantage of being aggressive to the hair, scalp and skin. Consequently, the number of sulfate-free shampoos on the market has grown significantly over the past few years.
The challenge of formulating with sulfate-free surfactants lies in their poor foaming properties and difficult thickenability. Consumer research has shown that a product’s foaming properties, as well as its viscosity, are major determining factors in the consumer’s perception of product cleansing efficacy and quality. Therefore, the appearance, density and longevity of foam along with the product’s look and feel in application are crucial parameters. Evonik’s solution to this challenge is an optimized combination of surfactants with the addition of high-performing thickening agents.

With REWOTERIC® AM C, Evonik offers a highly skin-compatible amphoteric surfactant that provides strong foaming and viscosifying properties and is additionally preservative-free. Systematic tests on hair swatches have shown that sulfate-free surfactant systems are significantly beneficial in improving the wash fastness of dyed hair.

For the perfect combination in surfactant formulations, ANTIL® Soft SC MB, a natural based additive, has proven to add excellent thickening and foam boosting properties to sulfate-free cleansing formulations. Another PEG-free rheological additive with optimized surfactant thickening efficacy which enables temperature-stable viscosities is ANTIL® SPA 80

Consumer demand for innovative textures, especially in body washes, is constantly on the rise. Sulfate-free formulations with a high oil level are particularly challenging for formulators due to their foaming, stability, texture and viscosity properties. With TEGO® Sulfosuccinate DO 75, Evonik provides a solution for these challenges. The anionic surfactant is especially suitable for high oil-containing (up to 50%) and foaming cleansing formulations and is therefore suitable for body washes / shampoos. 

With this concept, Evonik offers an inspirational selection of highly in-demand solutions for different types of sulfate-free cleansing formulations. The concept includes conditioning shampoos, hair and body washes, sulfate- & PEG- (& betaine-) free formulations as well as a high oil-containing body wash cream.

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Formulations

15 formulations found for search term "Men's Care".

  • Natural Shaving Stick - L105-1.12-0919

    Application onto wet skin creates a smooth and fine foam With moisturizing and refatting ingredients
    Natural content cn: 36%, Natural origin content cno: 100% (incl. water, ISO 16128)

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  • 3in1: Whole Body Clean & Shave Shower Gel FOR MEN - UW 508/4

    Mild hair and body shampoo with pleasent refatting and conditioning effect. As additional benefit also suitable for shaving. Provides a dense and creamy foam.

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  • After Shave Lotion (with Alcohol) - JB 5/15-1
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  • Age Control Eye Roll on for Men - MAC 867/7

    This cooling eye roll on developed for men moisturizes the skin, reduces wrinkles and evens the skin tone.

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  • Beard Oil - UL 5829/1

    Includes TEGO Cosmo P 813 MB with antimicrobial benefits.

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  • Brushless O/W Shaving Cream - MK 3/15-1
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  • Cleansing Tonic for blemished skin - also for Teens - SG 896/13

    Soothing facial treatment with NMF mimic and skin-beneficial Phytosphingosine

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  • Mild conditioning hair, body and beard shampoo - UW 998/21

    PEG- and SLES/SLS-free. The combination of VARISOFT EQ 100 and ANTIL SPA 80 provides hair and skin conditioning effect.

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  • O/W After Shave Balm - SZ 8/19-10

    This fast-absorbing and non-greasy formula combines three performing properties in one: It immediately soothes the skin after shaving, reduces wrinkles and cools men’s skin.

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  • O/W After Shave Cream for Men - F 35/01-10
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  • O/W After Shave Cream for Men - SG 18/16-1

    The fast-absorbing, non-sticky and non-greasy formula which soothes the skin after shaving.

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  • Refatting balsam shampoo for beard, hair and body - UL 5761/67

    Cold process. Including 50% Sunflower Oil. Intensive conditioning and refatting effect. Silicone-free.

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  • Regeneration After Shave Balm - CD 942/3

    Coldprocessable after shave balm with optimized Ceramide composition

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  • Smoothing beard and face moisturizing fluid - SZ 6/19-1

    Fluid emulsion based on TEGO® Care PBS 6 MB, a natural emulsifier able to formulate low-viscous systems with light texture. TEGO® Cosmo C 100 energizes and moisturizes Skin and beard.

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  • Sportshower - KA 05259

    Refreshing body wash formulated for skin health of active people

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