With growth in demand for environmentally-friendly products steadily on the rise, it’s only natural that naturally-derived surfactants is a category sparking interest amongst formulators. But what does “natural” mean? Explore definitions of this term and ingredient options, including blends and bio-surfactants generating growing interest.
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- With no standard definition of “natural” available, various agencies have developed their own.
- The Natural Products Association says natural “ingredients must come from or be made from a renewable resource found in nature with absolutely no petroleum compounds.”
- Natrue (natrue.org) says “natural substances are substances of botanic, inorganic-minoral (not organic-mineral, e.g. mineral oil) or animal origin (except for dead vertebrates) and their mixtures and ‘reaction products’ with each other.
- Most standards also outline processing criteria for preserving an ingredient’s natural heritage.
- Demand for environmentally friendly products is driving growth of the market for naturally derived surfactants.
- Familiar representatives of naturally-derived surfactants include alkyl polyglucosides, lactylates and glutamates.
- Biosurfactants to keep an eye on includealgae-derived, rhamnolipids, sophorolipids and marine-derived.
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