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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

16 formulations found for search term "Global Textures Concept".

  • Natural Mango Massage Oil-Gel - L098-18.3-1218

    Gel-to-oil transformation with self-emulsifying rinse off effect. High content of dermofeel® TocoBalance to protect skin and product. Natural content cn: 53.1%, Natural origin content cno: 100% (incl. water, ISO 16128). Developed according to qualitative and quantitative requirements of Cosmos Natural.

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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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  • 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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  • Luxurious Whipped Cream - SG 02/18-1

    The brilliant white appearance of the emulsion and its soft and creamy texture are obtained by the combination of neutralized stearic acid with fatty alcohol and waxes. The silicone O/W emulsifier ABIL® Care XL 80 MB leads to a soft skin feel.

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  • Magic Cream to Milk - CHN CT 132-0002

    “Magic” formula base recommended for skin care products due to its Snow-white color and milky texture offering a good match of “Brightening” related claim. Milk-like droplets breaking property is very suitable for including milk related actives for nourishing claim. Pleasant silky skin feel with good moisture. with brightening or nourishing claims.

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  • Melting Day Shield SPF 20 - BR 16/17-3

    Skin balm with an ice cream like texture. Surprise your senses during application: Balm texture transitions to a cooling liquid on the skin Triggered by body temperature Hydrated and fresh skin feel after 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 MB stabilizes a broad range of O/W formulations, e.g. with a high oil phase for extra richness.

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  • Natural Oil Release Cream - FU 21/17-4
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  • Natural Orange Lime Body Butter - L014-37.7B-0618

    Soft body butter with velvet skin feel supported by rich essential oils. Long-lasting moisturizing activity.

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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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  • 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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  • Perfectly Matte - Natural Cream to Powder Makeup - ST 07/19-10

    Fully natural oil gel based on dermofeel® viscolid MB with appearance like a cream foundation. Transforms during application into oil and make-up pigments. The oil is fully absorbed by TEGO® Feel C 10 leaving a superdry and high coverage make-up.

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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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  • Timeout Massage Oil Gel - ST 01/19-10

    Light, long-lasting formula that nourishes and moisturizes the skin. High amount of vegetable oils for soft and smooth after feel.

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  • UV protection water spray SPF 50 - ST 04/19-13

    A two phase sun care system. Emulsifies upon shaking. Seperates within a few minutes. With TEGO® SP 13 Sun Up in the oil phase. Similar afterfeel like Garnier Ambre Solaire UV water SPF 50.

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