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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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99 formulations found for search term "Concepts".

  • Deep revitalizing under-eye mask - SAC-6070-99

    Revitalize your stressed skin by improving skin moisture and under eye dark appearance​

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  • All Purpose Cream - SZ 19/19-3

    Quickly absorbing cream for everyday use. Leaves your skin soft and supple all day long.

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  • Anti-hair-loss scalp care micellar tonic (alcohol free) - 2018-CN-RO-BR-071-0009

    Mild scalp care toner with anti-hair-loss efficacy.

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  • Anti-Oxidant Shield Foundation - SF 09/17-18

    Beauty-Tech - Make-up foundation with the presence of a natural anti-oxidant and powerhouse amino acid to help you fight back free-radicals, while energizing your skin.

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  • Beach Time Lotion SPF 30 - SZ 12/18-7

    To enjoy your time at the beach protect your darling with this fast absorbing lotion

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  • Blue Light Defense Eye Cream Gel - JS 6/17-7

    Digital Beauty - Eye cream gel with elegant and soft skin feel, protecting your under-eyes skin against the damage caused by blue light emitted by digital devices.

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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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  • Cloud kiss foam conditioner - WP 615/1

    Dense foam texture, good conditioning effect

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  • Daily Sun-Guard Stick - SAC-6068-139

    On-the-go convenience when out in the sun, with this stick format that provides an elegant, smooth application feel aided by a caring blend of emollients along with functional benefits of UV protection and water resistance. Uses two distinct oil-thickening technologies to achieve a convenient on-the-go stick format that glides easily on the skin during application to provide UV protection along with skin benefits from various oils and emollients.

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  • Damage restoring micellar jelly conditioner - 2018-CN-RO-BR-075-0008

    New Texture: clear micellar conditioner. Good conditioning effect.

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  • Deep Hydrating Facial Lotion - SAC-6068-153

    Moisturizing into the deep layer of skin

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  • Deep perfecting spot serum - SAC-6070-123

    Refine and vitalize discolored spots on your skin

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  • Deep Rejuvenating Facial Cream - SAC-6070-87

    Ageless beauty through antioxidative boosting

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  • Deep Restoring Overnight Serum - SAC-6070-86

    Renew aged skin efficiently through engineered retinol

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  • Dry Touch Hand Cream SPF 20 - SG 20/18-4

    While being connected with your loved ones use this hand cream that provides UV protection and moisturizes with a dry touch skin feel.

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  • Easy smoothing hair stick - BR077-0004

    Hair stick highly suitable for ponytail and braid hair styles

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  • Enjoy The Sun Lotion SPF 50 - ST 18/18-31

    Spend an pleasant time at the beach protected with this lotion. Don’t forget to re-apply!

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  • Essential Elegance Face Care - MK 9/17-13

    ISOLAN® 17 MB allows for the first time formulation of stable and versatile natural quick-break emulsions. Classically such systems always require silicone-based W/O emulsifiers. Simple composition with surprising transitional texture.

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  • Everyday Soft Cream - SZ 12/19-5

    Everyday Soft Cream based on dermofeel NC MB which provides the skin with all the protective care it needs to stay soft and supple. Ideal for daily use wherever skin needs care.

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  • Everyday Soft Cream - SZ 12/19-6

    PEG-containing Everyday Soft Cream which provides the skin with all the protective care it needs to stay soft and supple. Ideal for daily use wherever skin needs care.

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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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  • Foam Conditioner - WP 615/3

    Fully based on readily biodegradable Esterquats. Dense foam texture, good conditioning effect. Easy to rinse-off.

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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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  • Gently foaming body wash, PEG- and Sulfate-free - NN 167/5.7

    Pleasantly foaming, for a clean and moisturized skin and hair.

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  • Goodnight Sleep Mask - ESG 1020/QZ-01

    A night mask that improves skin radiance and increases skin moisture retention.

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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 Conditioning Bar - AM 80/11

    PEG-free. Highly efficient due to high concentrated formula. Travel-friendly due to leak-free format.

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  • Hair refreshing micellar mist - 2018-CN-RO-BR-053-0005

    Micellar liquid removing unpleasant odor.

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  • Hair restore cleansing balm - 2018-CN-RO-BR-021-0011

    Balm texture. Less harsh to hair fibers and scalp.

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  • Inorganic sunscreen lotion SPF 20, waterproof - ST 13/18-37

    In vivo SPF and water resistance tested formulation. Based on TEGO® Care PBS 6 MB, a fully natural-based, versatile O/W emulsifier for challenging low viscous systems. Finely dispersed Zinc Oxide and Titianium Dioxide due to TEGO® SP 13 Sun Up and ABIL® Wax 9840. With dermofeel® sensolv MB and TEGOSOFT® DEC for a light skin feel.

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  • Insta-Selfie Loose Powder - SAC-6056-198

    Digital Beauty - This loose-powder offers matte-effect and is the perfect on-the-go solution to keep your skin flawless and beautiful for selfies.

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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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  • Invincible Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 - FU 19/18-5

    Being at the beach apply this high UV protection W/O lotion which provides water repellent properties

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  • KEEP YOUR SKIN IN BALANCE - MK 5/19-15

    This caring Face Care Cream refreshes the look of your skin. Skinolance promotes the natural balance of the skin flora by stimulating the growth of certain beneficial bacteria.

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  • Kids toothpaste - 1670-9

    Mild transparent-opaque toothpaste including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild but well foaming formulations, important features of toothpastes. To support the mildness approach, the formula is Sulfate-, and CAPB-free.

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  • Less is more Oil Release Foam - FU 01/18-8

    O/W Body Foam

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  • Lotion to Oil Sun Care SPF 50 - SG 17/18-11

    Experience the transformation from lotion to oil while having at the same time an effective way to protect your skin from the sun

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

    Removes make-up efficiently. Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. 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 oil for facial cleansing, PEG- and Mineral Oil-free - UL 5815/2/7

    Crystal clear, colourless liquid. Removes make-up efficiently.

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  • Micellar oil for facial cleansing, PEG-free - UL 5815/22

    crystal clear, colourless liquid. Removes make-up efficiently.

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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. Includes moisturizing active. PEG-free.

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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 Baby Shampoo, slightly conditioning, sulfate-free - UW 41/9/2

    Clear and mild formulation with slight conditoning and antistatic properties.

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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 Hair & Body Shampoo - AK 224/1

    Containing Ecocert approved ingredients. PEG-, Sulfate- and Betaine-free. 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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  • Moist Up Sleeping Mask - ESG 1021/QZ-01

    A deep mositurizing sleep mask for all skin types. Delivers a silky and hydrating skin feel. Pamper yourself to an overnight treatment.

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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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  • Mouthwash, PEG-, Sulfate-, Betaine- and Alcohol-free - AM 31/9.6

    Mild and clear mouthwash including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild formulations, an important feature of mouthwash. To support this mildness approach the formula is PEG-, Sulfate-, CAPB- and alcohol-free.

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  • Mouthwash, PEG-, Sulfate-, Betaine-free - AM 31/17

    Mild and clear mouthwash including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild formulations, an important feature of mouthwash. To support this mildness approach the formula is PEG-, Sulfate-, and CAPB-free.

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  • Natural Aerosol Whipped Cream - FU 05/16-51

    O/W Bodyfoam

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  • Natural Body Care with a Fresh Kick - MK 2/19-2

    Fluid Emulsion based on TEGO® Care PBS 6 MB , a powerful natural emulsifier able to formulate low-viscous systemes with elegant light texture.dermofeel sensolv MB provides low oiliness and good absorption properties.

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  • Natural Body Lotion - SZ 18/18-6

    Firming Body Lotion with 99% of natural origin ingredients. The caring formula with TEGO Cosmo C 100 revitalizes and reinforces the skin with every application.

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  • Natural O/W Body Butter - H 16/17-38

    This rich and creamy body butter provides intensive pampering with natural based ingredients. The robust emulsifier TEGO® Care 450 stabilizes a broad range of O/W formulations, e.g. with a high oil phase for extra richness.

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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 Oil Release Cream - FU 21/17-4
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  • Natural Sun Cream - AL 14/17-23

    Enjoy the sun with no compromise with a cream that delivers high ISO 16128 naturality along with UV sun care protection. A daily sun cream able to reach consumers’ aspirations for natural, through objective measures of ISO 16128 naturality that are enabled by use of natural emulsifiers and emollients.

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  • Natural Sun Protection Stick - L014-119.30-0119

    Natural Sun Protection Stick with convenient natural non-drip, mess-free application and ease of use for reapplication on the go

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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 Day Cream SPF 15 UVA - MK 7/19-8

    Day Cream with SPF 15 protects against UVA and UVB rays that cause premature skin ageing. The formula with Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides reduces wrinkles and firms your skin.

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

    Moisturizing and mild cleansing properties. Efficiently removes make-up.

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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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  • On the go sunscreen stick SPF 50 - ST 07/18-48

    Particularly quick absorption and low oiliness due to combination of TEGO® Feel C 10 and TEGO® SP 13 Sun Up. TEGO® SP 13 Sun Up gives matte appearance in stick formulations. Low whitening.

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  • On the go UV protection stick SPF 50 - ST 07/18-34
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  • Opalescence Body Bronzing Powder - SAC-6068-206

    Start your evening early with a glamorous spray of this visually rich and sensorially matifying bronzing powder that provides UV protection while supporting your microbiome. An elegant powder powered both by specially-designed natural cellulose and other functional ingredients that ensure a light sensory feel and by an effective pre-biotic that promotes a balanced skin microbiome.

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  • Perfect day hair fresh micellar wipe liquid - 2018-CN-RO-BR-001-0008

    PEG-free. Anti-Pollution - deep cleansing on PM 2.5 and sebum of hair fibers

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  • Protecting Skin Defence Mist - HB 8/18-7

    O/W Spray based on verstatile emulsifier TEGO® Care PBS 6 MB loaded with skin-loving oils. The biotechnologically optimized extract NeoPlanta® Withania has a protective effect against modern lifestyle influenced stress factors.

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  • Protection3 Face Care Cream SPF 25 - SG 19/18-12

    Face care cream for your daily life with protection against UV & photoaging & age spots providing a caring skin feel

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  • Pure and fresh clear conditoner - 2018-CN-RO-BR-013-0067

    New texture: clear micellar conditioner, good conditioning effect

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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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  • Purifying micellar shampoo - 2018-CN-RO-BR-019-0006-3

    high cleansing efficacy with low level of surfactants; anti-Pollution/deep cleansing of PM 2.5 and sebum.

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  • Roll in the Protection SPF 50 - SG 18/18-9

    For your portable convenience and ease of use

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  • Sensitive toothpaste - 1670-6

    Mild white toothpaste including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild but well foaming formulations, important features of toothpastes. To support the mildness approach, the formula is PEG-, Sulfate-, and CAPB-free.

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  • Skin Refreshing Lemon Sorbet - FU 01/18-3

    New type of quick breaking formula recommended for skin care products which focus on instantaneous “Hydration” property: With an instant water breaking effect. With a watery feel is very obvious & nice. Multi skin feel. Can also be used as toner which is easy to apply but still with good watery texture during application.

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  • Smudge-free Cationic Hand Cream - SAC-6056-38

    Digital Beauty - This hand moisturizer combines the cationic technology, very light emollients and natural cellulose fibers to improve absorption and to reduce oil transfer.

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  • Smudge-free Cationic Hand Cream - MK 3/18-5

    This hand moisturizer combines the cationic technology, very light emollients and natural cellulose fibers to improve absorption and to reduce oil transfer.

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  • Solid conditioner - AM 80/6

    PEG-free. Highly efficient due to high concentrated formula, resulting in lower consumption per application. Travel-friendly due to leak-free format, small size and lightweight

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  • Spray It SPF 50+ - FU 03/19-1

    Protect yourself from UV radiation by applying this low-viscous high SPF sun care spray

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  • Sprayable hair detangler - WP 644/7

    Leave-in conditioning spray, based on liquid esterquat technology. Cold processing. PEG-free.

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  • Toothpaste, translucent - 1611-7

    Mild translucent toothpaste including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild but well foaming formulations, important features of toothpastes. To support the mildness approach, the formula is Sulfate-, and CAPB-free.

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  • Toothpaste, white - 1611-6

    Mild white toothpaste including RHEANCE One, a Glycolipid for the development of mild but well foaming formulations, important features of toothpastes. To support the mildness approach, the formula is PEG-, Sulfate-, and CAPB-free.

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  • Transparent UV protection water spray SPF 30 - ST 16/18-46
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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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  • Ultimate Revitalizing Sunscreen - SAC-6068-138

    Bathe your skin under the sun with this milk format which provides a caring feel along with a combination of inorganic-based UV protection and botanical-based antioxidant benefits. Uses a natural emulsifier and natural-based emollients along with thermo-sensitive polymers to achieve a caring milk system for everyday sun protection from both harmful UV rays and their oxidative radicals.

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  • Ultra Defense Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 - FU 15/17-8

    ISOLAN® 17 MB is able to stabilize low-viscous emulsions even in combination with demanding ingredients such as high amounts of UV filters. TEGOSOFT® DEC provides low oiliness, good UV filter solubility and a pleasant light skin feel.

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  • Ultra-Sun Body Butter - SAC-6068-205

    Reach for the beach towel with this elegant body butter the provides excellent feel along with functional benefits of SPF 50 and water resistance. Utilizes advanced polymer technology and natural-based emulsifiers and emollients to achieve a stable, high SPF performing body butter that presents excellent sensory properties.

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  • Under eye Peel-off Mask - SAC-6068-127

    Under Eye mask offers consumer the promise of reducing the appearance of tiredness and dark circles, while creating a younger you.

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  • Unplugged Hair Leave-in - MKM-6057-119

    Digital Beauty - Leave-in for perfect and “in-place” hair, wherever you are. It tames frizz and fly-aways and leaves hair soft and glossy for perfect selfies!

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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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  • Wrinkle Smoothing Serum - MK 2/18-6

    Hyaluron Anti-Aging Serum activates the cell renewal, fills fine wrinkles and improves the firmness of the skin.

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