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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

85 formulations found for search term "Cleansing Products".

  • 2 phase Oil Bath - FM 10262

    Shake-before-use foaming bath - The top looks like a white emulsion, the bottom phase is clear

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  • 2 Phase Shower Gel - WA 185/15

    Shake-before-use body wash with silicone skin conditioner

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  • 2in1 Facial Cleanser and Toner - EC-103

    Mild and skin soothing formula containing the NMF mimic LACTIL

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  • Eye Make-up Remover - ST-FC 6

    Mild liquid for pad application

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  • Body Cleansing Foam - JB 211/3

    Provides a creamy, stable foam and improves the skin feel.

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  • Cleansing conditioner /refatting conditioning shampoo (for strongly damaged hair, Afro textured hair) - UL 5761/67

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

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  • Cleansing powder-to-Foam - AM 45/6

    Sulfate- and PEG-free. Fine white powder, transforms into a gentle lather by addition of water: flash foams with wetted palms and gentle rubbing only.

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  • Cleansing powder-to-Foam - AM 45/6

    Sulfate- and PEG-free. Fine white powder, transforms into a gentle lather by addition of water: flash foams with wetted palms and gentle rubbing only.

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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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  • Clear 2in1 Shower Gel - ST-SP 1

    Moisturizes the skin with LACTIL, a NMF mimic and TEGOSOFT M as emollient

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  • Clear Moisturizing Shower Gel - AK 175/4

    NMF mimic containing body wash

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  • Conditioning Body Wash - FM 11068

    Opaque formula with VARISOFT PATC cationic conditioner and moisturizing ANTIL HS 60

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  • Dry Skin Shower Oil - SG 878/1

    Cleansing system for extra dry skin based on TEGOSOFT PC 31 for improved skin health and feel

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  • Hair and Body Shampoo - PEG and sulfate free - AK 175/9

    includes the efficient refatting agent ANTIL Soft SC (Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate).

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  • Economic liquid soap - AK 318/12.1

    Surfactant active level: 7.5%

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  • Economic liquid soap - NN 119/1

    low surfactant acitve matter: 6%

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  • Exfoliant Facial Cleansing Gel - also for Teens - SG 883/3-1

    Formulated with polyethylene beads as gentle abrasive

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  • Extra gentle cleansing foam, PEG- and sulfate-free - NN 168/2.1

    Creates a soft and creamy lather. Leaves skin feeling smooth and clean. Clear, slightly yellowish liquid. For application with finger pump foamer.

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  • Face & body cleansing cream - AM 82/1

    Suitable for make-up removing. Creamy texture with pleasant foaming properties. Leaves a smooth and soft skin feel, provides an intensive refatting effect. Structured surfactant system incl. 50% sunflower oil. SLES/SLS- and PEG-free.

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  • Face & Body Cleansing Stick - AM 81/3

    PEG-free. Easy application directly on wet skin.

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  • Facial cleansing cream, very mild - UL 5761/40

    Including 50% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which provides a creamy foam. Innovative texture for an impressive sensorial effect. Removes make-up (even water-proof). Application on wet skin.

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  • Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash Cream, PEG- and sulfate-free - UL 5761/31

    Including 50% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which foams like a standard body wash. Innovative texture for a body wash with an impressive sensorial effect.

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  • Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash Cream, sulfate-free - UL 5761/21

    Including 50% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which foams like a standard body wash. Innovative texture for a body wash with an impressive sensorial effect.

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  • Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash Cream, sulfate-free - UL 5761/13

    Including 20% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which foams like a standard body wash. Innovative texture for a body wash with an impressive sensorial effect.

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  • Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash Peeling Cream, sulfate-free - UL 5761/21 S

    Including 50% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which foams like a standard body wash. Innovative texture for a body wash with an impressive sensorial effect.

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  • Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash, moisturizing - UL 5761/58

    Including 15% Sunflower Oil. Cold processing. Cream-like appearance, foams like a standard body wash with an impressive sensorial effect. Proven moisturizing properties.

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  • Gentle Humectant Facial Cleansing Gel - UL 5817/3

    Very mild cleanser containing LACTIL as NMF mimic

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  • Gentle micellar cleansing gel, PEG-free - AM 19/4.7

    Cleanses Skin gently yet thoroughly. Reduced risk of penetration into eyes due to gel form. Includes moisturizing active.

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  • Hair and body shampoo - BK 592

    PEG-free. Excellent foaming properties

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  • Hair and Body Shampoo, PEG-free - UW 230/4

    This clear and PEG-free hair and body shampoo provides good conditioning properties for hair and skin combined with color wash fastness properties for dyed hair.

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  • Hair and Body Wash Concentrate - AK 321/10/1

    Surfactant active matter:~ 30 % (triple concentrate). Containing Ecocert approved ingredients. PEG-free.

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  • Hair and Body Wash Concentrate - UL 5896/13

    Minimalistic, multifunctional formula. Surfactant active matter:~ 30 % (triple concentrate). PEG-free. Lighter to transport, reducing carbon footprint in shipping and 3 times more efficient due to high concentration.

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  • Mild Skin Cleansing Foam - SH 15073

    SLES-free formula for use in pump foamer containing sucrose cocoate

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  • Humectant Facial Cleansing Gel with Pearls - UW 507/4

    includes Jojoba pearls

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  • Intensive care and refatting hand wash - UL 5761/58

    Including 15% Sunflower Oil. Cold processing. Cream-like appearance, foams like a standard body wash with an impressive sensorial effect. Proven moisturizing properties.

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  • Liquid Soap with Odor Absorber - AK 238/6.3

    with TEGO Deo CW 90. Based on anionic surfactants (aminogroup of amphoteric surfactants inactivate Zinc Ricinoleate).

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  • Micellar cleansing foam - AM 67/1

    Cleanses and soothes the Skin. Removes make-up efficiently. For use in a finger pump foamer.

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  • Micellar cleansing wipe liquid, refreshing and gentle - NN 162/5

    Removes make-up efficiently. Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. No water consumption (no rinsing required). Product format that is lighter to transport, reducing carbon footprint while shipped. PEG-free.

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  • Micellar Gel for Facial Cleansing, PEG-free - UL 5803/9.1.1

    Clear gel with air bubbles. Removes make-up. Includes moisturizing active.

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  • Micellar Water for Facial Cleansing - UL 5803/9.1

    Removes very efficiently long lasting Make-up, Mascara (both, water-soluble and water-proof), Eyeliner. No water consumption (no rinsing required). Includes moisturizing active. PEG-free.

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  • Micellar Water for Facial Cleansing, PEG-free - UL 5803/15

    removes long lasting Make-up, Mascara (both, water-soluble and water-proof), Eyeliner. Includes moisturizing active.

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  • Micellar water for gentle & efficient make-up removal, PEG-free - BK 484/2

    Clear, water thin solution. 3in1-product: cleanses, removes make-up, soothes.

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  • Micellar Water for Refreshing Facial Cleansing, PEG-free - RY 5814-102

    Very mild 3-in-1 formulation as cleanser, make-up remover and Skin soother.

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  • Mild and Creamy Facial Cleansing Foam - JB 211/1

    Very mild, refatting and moisturizing. Provides creamy and stable foam.

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  • Mild and foamy cleansing cream - AM 46/8

    Optimized for facial cleansing / make-up removal. Including 50% Sunflower Oil. Creamy texture with pleasant foaming properties. Gently hydrating to leave skin feel smooth and soft, providing an intensive refatting effect. Structured surfactant system. Sulfate- and PEG-free.

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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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  • Mild conditioning shampoo, sulfate-free - UW 231/8 a

    This mild conditioning shampoo ("low poo") combines mild cleansing with efficient conditioning properties for both hair and skin. It provides a dense and creamy foam.

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  • Mild foaming liquid for wet wipes - WA 202/4

    Impregnating liquid for cleansing wet wipes applications imparting a silky and smooth skin feel

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  • Mild Hair & Body Shampoo - AK 224/23.2

    Contains Ecocert approved ingredients. PEG-free. Clear. Very mild, RBC-test-result: bascially non irritant.

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  • Mild Hair & Body Shampoo - AK 224/1

    Containing Ecocert approved ingredients. PEG-, Sulfate- and Betaine-free. Clear.

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  • Mild Hair & Body Shampoo - AK 224/5.8

    Contains Ecocert approved ingredients. PEG- and sulfate-free. Clear.

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  • Mild Hair & Body Shampoo - PEG- and sulfate-free - AK 98/11

    Containing Ecocert approved ingredients. Clear.

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  • Mild Hair & Body Shampoo PEG- and sulfate-free - UW 41/8

    Clear and mild PEG- and sulfate-free shampoo with slight conditoning and refatting properties.

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  • Mild Hair & Body Wash - PEG- and sulfate-free - AK 98/10-3

    Contains Ecocert approved ingredients. Clear.

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  • Mild Hair and Body Shampoo - SG 1092/1

    low SLES-concentration

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  • Mild Shower Gel (Sulfate-free) - Tattoo Care - UM 216/38

    Avoid infection with mildness. The tattooed skin needs to be cleansed with a mild cleanser, as it tends to get sensitive. This mild shower gel contains a combination of ingredients providing different skin care benefits: LACTIL, TEGO Betain 810 and TEGOSOFT LSE 65 K Soft.

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  • Moisturizing Shower Gel - ST-SB 3

    NMF mimic containing body wash

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  • Moisturizing Body Wash - WP 9/20

    Contains a complex of skin conditioning agents (silicone and organic based). Free of Betaine.

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  • Moisturizing body wash - JB 215/1

    Contains a complex of skin conditioning agents (silicone based, cationic, organic).

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  • Moisturizing Body Wash - UW 243/4.2

    Contains a complex of skin conditioning agents. Silicone-free.

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  • Moisturizing Foaming Intensive Care Body Wash Cream, sulfate-free - UL 5761/38.1

    Including 50% Sunflower Oil. A rich cream which foams like a standard body wash. Innovative texture for a body wash with an impressive sensorial effect.

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  • Moisturizing Hair and Body Shampoo - UM 24/7

    Creamy foaming hair and body cleanser formulated to the skin´s natural pH

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  • Natural clear hair and body shampoo, PEG-free - UL 5874/3/1

    With refatting and conditioning properties due to hydrophobic thickener combination.

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  • Natural oil foaming cream conditioner - UL 5761/67

    Creamy texture with pleasant foaming properties. 2 in 1 intensive conditioning and refatting effect plus cleansing.

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  • Natural pure skin tonic - SV 330/1
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  • Non-irritating Shower Gel, sulfate-free - UM 262/4/4 b

    Free of anionic surfactants and containing sugar-based refatting agent

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  • Oil cleansing balm for make-up removal - EK-60678-106

    Moisturizing and mild cleansing properties. Efficiently removes make-up. Based on readily biodegradable ingredients.

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  • Oil infused micellar water - AM 29/2.9

    Two clear, colorless layers. Ratio upper / lower layer: approx. 20 : 80. Removes even water-proof make-up efficiently. No oily residues.

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  • Pearlized Body Wash - ST-SB 9

    Moisturizing shower gel with skin conditioning ingredients

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  • Pearlized liquid soap - UK 28/8/1

    Moisturizing cleanser for pump dispenser applications

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  • PEG- and Sulfate-free cleansing base - NN 167/3
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  • PEG-free Wet Wipe solution base - SG 870/6

    Impregnating liquid for wet wipes containing the PEG-free emulsifier TEGOSOFT PC 41 and the emollient TEGOSOFT M

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  • Premium Facial Cleansing Foam - FM 12036

    A cocktail of skin-beneficial ingredients that moisturize and energize the skin

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  • Pure micellar water, PEG-free - AM 13/16

    Simply pure and effective. Cleanses Skin gently yet thoroughly.

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  • Shower Gel for dry skin - UM 289/9/2

    Skin-compatible body wash with LACTIL, a NMF mimic

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  • Shower Gel for sensitive skin - SV 15/4

    Mild formula with refatting properties

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  • Shower Gel with Air Bubbles - VK 83/10

    Air bubbles do not precipitate due to yield value.

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  • Simply Smooth Hand and Body Wash - AK 484/5

    PEG- and Sulfate-free. Suitable for the whole body. Pleasant foaming.

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  • Soothing Wet Wipes Solution for Stressed Skin - UP 64.2/02

    Impregnating liquid for wet wipes containing the skin energizer TEGO Cosmo C 100

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  • Transparent Body Wash - SG 1097/13

    Transparent and mild body wash with good skin conditioning properties due to the combination of cationic guar and an emollient.

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  • Two component Oil Bath - UM 289/12

    PEG-free spa treatment based on TEGOSOFT PC 41

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  • Ultimate Clean Hand & Device - DCA-6061-30

    Digital Beauty - Convenient solution for the hygiene of your devices, with the added benefit of defogging glass surfaces.

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  • Urban Warrior Charcoal Mask - SAC-6068-135

    Charcoal Facial Mask is a trendy solution which effectively purifies the facial skin. Enhancing the product to meet consumers need for multifunctional benefits, addressing areas of acne and redness on skin.

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  • Very mild and creamy cleansing foam - UL 5802/1

    Based on the basically non irritant surfactants (proofed by red blood cell test) REWOPOL SB CS 50 B MB and TEGO Betain 810. With moisturizer and hydrophilic emollients. Provides a very creamy and dense foam.

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  • Wobbly shower jelly, sulfate- and PEG-free - ZD 789/1

    The mild shower jelly has a texture between solid and liquid. By addition of water it transforms into foam, but with funny wobble effects.

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