Discover a new sensory dimension with Clariant’s GlucoTain surfactants

Our skin and hair are tasked daily with an incredibly demanding job – protecting us from the impacts of daily cleansing routines and countless environmental stressors – regardless of whether heat, cold, stress or UV-rays. Therefore, it’s vital that we keep our hair and skin in top form using effective products that are both gentle and mild. In this way, we can boost our skin and hair with the care they need to continue to care for us each and every day.

Clariant’s GlucoTain is a range of state-of-the-art sugar-based surfactants developed to satisfy market demands for innovative, nature-derived, considerate formulations. The product range offers various sensorial benefits, adapting foam structures from loose to voluminous or light, ensuring optimal care results, from fluffy to rich and light to caring skin-feel levels.

GlucoTain provides cosmetics producers with a vast world of possibilities to develop new pioneering formulations based on sulfate-free, CAPB-free and betaine-free claims for numerous applications, including shampoos, shower liquid soaps, facial cleansers and shaving foams.

A diagram explaining Clariant’s GlucoTain range
The characteristics and sensory benefits of the five sugar surfactants in the GlucoTain range

A closer look at the product range

Made from European-sourced wheat-based glucose, European-sourced sunflower oil, and/or coconut oil or certified palm oil (under the RSPO Mass Balance standard), these glucamides are readily biodegradable and represent no hazard to aquatic life. In addition, they are COSMOS certified and meet the requirements of the EU Ecolabel as well as the stricter criteria of the Nordic Ecolabel.

Currently, there are five sugar surfactants within the family. Each is characterised by its sustainability, mildness and skin compatibility. The GlucoTain EO-free and sulfate-free ingredients are readily biodegradable products with a 94% to 96% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index), a high content of non-tropical biomass and a good eco-tox profile.

GlucoTain innovative solutions clean gently, provide improved thickening results and deliver stable foam. GlucoTain helps you formulate by making it easy to attain the right viscosity, without salt. Particularly in sulfate-free platforms, where thickening formulations can be a major hurdle, GlucoTain outperforms other standard mild surfactants.

Tests show that the mildness, sensory, thickening and foam properties of GlucoTain not only compare favourably to market alternatives, but also offer additional advantages. GlucoTain offers extra mildness in comparison to SLES and CAPB and is as mild as APGs.

A table detailing key aspects of the products in the GlucoTain range
An overview of the GlucoTain range of state-of-the-art sugar-based surfactants

Favourable, traceable ingredient alternatives

GlucoTain Clear and GlucoTain Plus can be used as foam-boosting additives for practically any formulation and even as a primary surfactant. GlucoTain Flex is a particularly efficient thickener, enabling significant cost savings and contributing to achieving a creamier sensation and moisturising nourishment for skin or hair.

The development of plant-based Glucamide surfactants goes beyond the introduction of a new sugar-based alternative for formulators. The combination of efficacy and broad applicability together with transparency of the ingredient’s origin, create opportunities for formulators to answer the traceability trend and potentially reinvigorate saturated markets through effective natural formulations.

GlucoTain Sense, the newest member in the GlucoTain range, is based on 100% European-sourced sunflower oil and glucose. GlucoTain Sense is easy to adopt in rinse-off formulations by switching 1:1 with 1% of CAPB, resulting in an improved skin-feel, tuning of foam, no changes in active level and no change in viscosity at normal salt levels.

Sensory tested by the experts

When it comes to the sensory features of GlucoTain, Clariant’s trained panel of experts is very hands on, meeting on a regular basis to test products and evaluate their performance. The experts start with a vigorous scrub of their hands, apply some of the selected product and then note their observations. This sensory analysis ensures that the performance of each product meets customers’ expectations.

The GlucoTain range is a new nature-derived front-runner and innovative sugar-based surfactant family, which delivers an excellent cleaning effect combined with equally outstanding nourishing properties. The range is consists of five different variants that cover a variety of customer needs. The efficiency of the products makes them particularly attractive to producers, and their production from renewable raw materials is in symbiosis with Clariant’s sustainability strategy.

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