Berg+Schmidt introduces plant-based emulsifier BergaMuls ET2

Berg+Schmidt is revamping skin care with upcycled dietary fibres with the launch of BergaMuls ET2.

BergaMuls ET2 is sourced from oat, wood and guar gum (Image: Berg+Schmidt)

Catch a glimpse of the future of cosmetic formulations with Berg+Schmidt’s innovative plant-based emulsifier, BergaMuls ET2, which has favourable eco-responsible traits and offers an excellent skin feel. The new plant-based emulsifier also offers rheological benefits.

Made from the upcycled dietary fibres of gum or cellulose which are processed to a powder, the emulsifier creates different functionalities within the formulation. Sourced from oat, wood and guar gum, BergaMuls ET2 comprises water-soluble and water-insoluble components which support emulsion stability and viscosity. 

BergaMuls ET2 is the latest product of the company’s growing range of fibre-based emulsifiers, which started a decade ago with BergaMuls ET1 – a thickener suitable for a range of applications, including oil-free serum formulations or a sensorial additive in emulsion products. Both ingredients enhance the sensorial aspect of multiple nourishing formulations and come in a powder consisting of dried and milled, all-natural fibres. Sustainable sourcing from abundant and draught-resistant materials is another advantage of working with BergaMuls products. 

A versatile formulation technology

BergaMuls ET2 uses a dual mode of action which makes it an ideal o/w emulsifier and stabiliser. In contrast to traditional emulsifiers for natural cosmetics, BergaMuls ET2 is not esterified, but processable, and therefore less likely to create a soaping effect. Typically used in a concentration between 1% and 3%, the viscosity of an o/w emulsion increases linearly with the size of the oil phase. Consequently, BergaMuls ET2 allows for the formulation of products ranging from light, translucent and refreshing cream-gels to soothing lotions and compact creams. 

BergaMuls products are extremely gentle on the skin barrier as they do not exhibit surface activity, which makes them suitable for emulsifier-free concepts. 

Effective eco-responsible options

Kristin Köhler, Division Manager Cosmetics at Berg+Schmidt, says: “With consumers becoming more and more aware of what is contained in their cosmetic products, we can help users and manufacturers alike make an eco-responsible choice for a highly effective end product. The new BergaMuls ET2 upcycled from food by-products meets a zero waste policy, circularity and sustainable approaches. In addition, it is a water-free, vegan raw material and therefore ideal for tomorrow’s eco-conscious cosmetic formulations.” 

BergaMuls ET2 will be presented for the first time at SEPAWA Congress 2023 in Berlin, from 25 to 27 October, at stand C140. The company’s experts will be present to explain and demonstrate processing options for various personal care applications. They will illustrate how the ingredients can be customised to meet individual needs, providing innovative, environmentally friendly, safe and functional solutions. 

Berg+Schmidt’s ingredients are available in South Africa from Afrisil Speciality Ingredients.

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