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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

30 formulations found for search term "Creams W/O".

  • Basic W/O Cream - F 86/96

    W/O emulsion based on the PEG-free all natural emulsifier ISOLAN GO 33

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  • Easy Spread and Care Lotion - JS 12/17-8

    Cold-processable W/O Body Lotion

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  • Engergizing Moisture Cream - MAC 481/1/4

    Moisturization due to HyaCare, TEGO Cosmo C100 is added as skin energizer.

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  • Frozen Youth SPF 15 - AJ-6058-123

    Take a stroll… with an ice cream-like, cooling balm that is protecting you from a variety of environmental aggressors and their impacts on skin

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  • Light & natural W/O Cream - H 5/18-8
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  • Mattifying Primer & Complexion Enhancer - CHN BR 65-7

    Very nice appearance with glossy light purple color. Purple can well enhance Asian complexion The skin feel is silky and smooth. Can be used alone or as a mattifying base for further make-up regimen.

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  • Natural Mattifying Foundation - SZ 27/16-6

    Want a flawless and mattifying look? Enjoy this soft natural make-up foundation with nice touch-up and non-greasy feelings.

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  • Natural Nourishing W/O Cream - BR 5/16-14

    Nourishing W/O cream for dry and stressed skin

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  • Natural Quick-Break Cream - H 5/16-40

    Brand new, fully natural-based W/O emulsifier ISOLAN® 17 MB allows for the first time formulation of natural quick-break emulsions. Enzymatic emollient esters TEGOSOFT® AC MB and TEGOSOFT® DC MB provide low oiliness and good absorption properties.

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  • Natural W/O Cream - H 19/09-4
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  • Night Care Comfort - JS 03/18-1

    Face care cream based on high performance W/O emulsifier ABIL® EM 180. TEGO® SP 13-1 provides perceivable richness and a quick absorption. With TEGO® Pep 4-Comfort helping sensitive skin to soothe overnight.

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  • Nurturing W/O Cream - AL 11/16-7
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  • Pampering Body Cream - H 6/16-10

    ISOLAN® 17 MB is able to stabilize high viscous systems such as creams and butters. ISOLAN® 17 MB can handle high amounts of natural emollients and triglycerides.

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  • Quick Breaking Cream SPF 15 - H 6/18-9
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  • Quick Breaking W/O Emulsion with 40% Urea - SAC-6053-139
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  • Regulating Day Cream - L014-18.10A-0618
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  • Rich W/O Cream with dermofeel viscolid MB - ST 20/18-9

    An natural W/O cream with ISOLAN® 17 MB. Stabilized with dermofeel® viscolid MB. Non-whitening and a rich skin feel.

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  • W/O Baby Cream - BR 10/15-2
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  • W/O Baby Cream with 10 % ZnO - F 1/97
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  • W/O Body Softcream ( waxy ) - BK 01/98

    Dry skin cream containing a binary naturally derived emulsifier system

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  • W/O Cream - F 87/96
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  • W/O Cream - F 1/95
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  • W/O Cream - F 27/05-1
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  • W/O Cream - MK 12/15-2
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  • W/O Cream - MK 12/15-1
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  • W/O Extra Moisture Cream - BR 3/16-1

    Intensive treatment with 10 % urea and high occlusiveness based on ABIL EM 90 as emulsifier

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  • W/O Face Cream for normal skin - BR 14/15-2

    Basic cream containing ISOLAN PDI as emulsifier for added richness

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  • W/O Face Cream for normal skin - BR 14/15-1

    Basic cream containing ISOLAN PDI as emulsifier for added richness

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  • W/O Recovery Soft Cream - SF 01/16-2

    Helping your skin to restore the protective barrier. After the tattoo session it is important to apply a recovery cream or lotion to restore the skin’s protective barrier. This formula combines three ingredients providing different skin care benefits: ABIL EM 180, SK-INFLUX V and TEGOSOFT OER.

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  • W/O Rich Spa Cream - JS 8/16-2
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