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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23 formulations found for search term "Facial Cleansers".

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

    Formulated with polyethylene beads as gentle abrasive

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

    includes Jojoba pearls

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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 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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  • Natural pure skin tonic - SV 330/1
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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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  • Premium Facial Cleansing Foam - FM 12036

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

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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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