New bio-surfactants for carbon-neutral beauty care

Mirasoft SL L60 and Mirasoft SL A60 are new 100% bio-based and biodegradable surfactants from Solvay. They are manufactured through a cost-efficient fermentation process, targeting a broad range of applications in hair and skin care. 

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Bio-surfactants represent a step-change technology in the eco-design of next-generation beauty care products

Solvay, a leading supplier of cosmetic ingredients, has introduced Mirasoft SL L60 and Mirasoft SL A60. These high-performance bio-surfactants enable the development of sustainable beauty care products. Based on rapeseed oil and sugar with low environmental and carbon footprint, the new glycolipid bio-surfactants are suitable for a broad range of beauty care applications, such as shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, face washes and creams. 

The new Mirasoft range aligns with Solvay’s most recent growth platform ‘renewable materials and biotechnology’, which aims to meet the growing demand for sustainable solutions. Its goal is to increase the share of renewable carbon in the group’s product offering and to develop new business opportunities enabled by biotechnology and product end-of-life management.

“This product launch underlines both our commitment to surfactants technology and our long-term vision for the future,” commented Jean-Guy Le Helloco, global vice president, home and personal care at Solvay. “We focus on future technology shifts to enable our customers to reach their sustainability goals.” 

A step-change technology in beauty care

Mirasoft SL L60 and Mirasoft SL A60 are designed to provide the same performance as synthetic ingredients without harmful environmental effects. Readily biodegradable and 100% bio-based, they follow green chemistry processes and fully reflect Solvay’s commitment to sustainability and the creation of a circular, regenerative economy. 

“With the potential of a net neutral carbon footprint in the near future, bio-surfactants represent a step-change technology in the eco-design of next-generation beauty care products. The eco-profile of Mirasoft SL L60 and Mirasoft SL A60 is truly a breakthrough compared to conventional, fossil fuel-based surfactants”, said Galder Cristobal, research & innovation director, home & personal care at Solvay. 

In line with Solvay One Planet roadmap, designed to preserve resources and contribute to safer, cleaner and more sustainable products, Solvay’s Beauty for the Planet initiative aims to accelerate the transformation of sustainable beauty ideas into concrete actions, provide beauty for consumers and maintain beauty for the planet.

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