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- 11/17/2017

Evonik presents new solutions for the cosmetics industry and for cleaning applications

HPC Today

Evonik presents new solutions for the cosmetics industry and for cleaning applications


  • Targeted acquisitions and new developments from company laboratories expand product portfolio
  • TEGO® Solve 90 and TEGO® Feel C 10 improve the properties of cosmetic products and are made from natural raw materials
  • TEGO SORB® Conc. 50 is based on castor oil and stops unpleasant odors

At this year’s SEPAWA Congress Evonik presented an especially broad assortment of ingredients for cleaning agents and cosmetics. In addition to novel products developed as a result of in-house research, the expanded portfolio is also due to the acquisition of multiple companies.

SEPAWA is the leading conference and tradeshow for the laundry detergents and cleaning agents industry and for manufacturers of cosmetics, personal care products, and perfumes. “The event is a major industry gathering – one that is important to us in terms of both research and development and marketing,” says Tammo Boinowitz, the head of Evonik’s Personal Care Business Line.

Evonik acquired Dr. Straetmans GmbH in the summer of 2017.

“Thanks to Evonik Dr. Straetmans, we can now offer our customers complete formulation systems, including preservation. This allows us to help our partners optimize their development work,” says Boinowitz.

Evonik presented two new cosmetic ingredients, TEGO® Solve 90 and TEGO® Feel C 10, which are based on natural raw materials.

“We support our partners in their efforts to create cosmetic products that are both highly effective and increasingly sustainable,” says Boinowitz. “Many of today’s consumers are looking for products that offer more than just creative personal-care concepts—they want an impeccable ecological profile as well.”

TEGO® Solve 90 is a COSMOS-certified solubilizer that allows manufacturers to efficiently incorporate a wide array of perfume and essential oils into aqueous formulations. The polyglycerol ester can be cold processed, contains no polyethylene glycol (PEG), and is made entirely from renewable resources such as canola and RSPO-certified palm oil. The exceptionally mild TEGO® Solve 90 is suitable for many, in particular clear formulations, such as shampoos, shower gels, micellar water products, make-up removers, and roll-on deodorants, and has additional moisturizing properties.

Another product innovation is TEGO® Feel C 10, a natural, readily biodegradable replacement for microplastics in leave-on products. This chemically unmodified cellulose fiber can absorb more than its own weight in oil and sebum. When used in sunscreens and personal care products, it keeps the skin from becoming shiny and leaves it feeling pleasant. The fiber does not swell, can be used in oil-in-water formulations as easily as in water-in-oil emulsions, and is also suitable for use in anhydrous products such as cosmetic powders. TEGO® Feel C 10 is produced using green electricity. The raw materials used in its production come from sustainably managed beech and spruce forests in Europe.


Evonik also has ingredients that are specially tailored to the needs of customers in the laundry detergents and cleaning agents industry. The expanded product has been reinforced over the past year by the acquisition of the specialty additives business of Air Products. Also working in the division’s favor are the innovative ingredients created in its own development laboratories.

One example of these is TEGO SORB® Conc. 50, an odor absorbent made from castor oil. The product contains zinc ions that bind unpleasant odors to form a non-toxic substance. Initial applications for TEGO SORB® include its use in new cars, where it can bind formaldehyde, which can produce a penetrating smell. Air fresheners for refrigerators are an application particularly popular in Asia. In this setting, TEGO SORB® is capable of binding foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide, among other compounds.

Furthermore the Household Care Business Line has developed a unique and innovative formulation specifically designed for convenient car care. The new formulation cleans and protects cars, saves water and raw materials, and reduces waste. The prototype formulation is named ‘Rinse-free Wash & Wax’ and contains 5 Evonik products, from specialty emulsifiers and surfactants to very uniquely modified silicones.

It is very easy to formulate as a concentrate, and apply as a Ready-To-Use final dilution. You need only a spray bottle and micro fiber towels.


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