BASF launches sustainable palm oil-based surfactant

German speciality chemicals firm BASF has launched a surfactant using Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified ingredients that can be used in a range of personal care products.

The company announced its sustainable and biodegradable anionic surfactant, Texapon SFA, at the SEPAWA Congress in Berlin last month.

Speaking to CosmeticDesign-Europe, Dr Claudia Brunn, manager for global product development of surfactants at BASF, said Texapon had taken a few years to develop because of the many requirements needed for new surfactants.

“We see there is a need for sustainable surfactants based on natural, renewable raw materials; that they have to be produced with safe and clean processes, they should be readily biodegradable; and they should match the surfactant performance we can already find on the market.”

Brunn said because of its limited water solubility, Texapon could be dried into a noodle base to incorporate into solid cleansing bars, tapping into the industry trend to get rid of plastic packaging.

It was also very gentle on skin and eyes, making it especially suitable for baby skin and tear-free shampoos.

“Texapon is 100% biodegradable and suitable as an alternative to surfactants containing sulphate,” BASF said in a press release. “The product reinforces the beneficial effect of the cationic polymers in shampoos and has been proven to make it easier to comb hair – including when added to formulas that do not contain polymers.”