COVESTRO – Baycusan® eco E 1000: New bio-based film former combining good performance with more natural ingredients

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As the inventor of polyurethanes, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Specially made for the cosmetics industry, Baycusan® ingredients are the ideal film formers for innovative makeup, hair-, sun- and skin care formulations. Polyurethanes meet many challenges involved in formulating high-performing and sustainable cosmetic products due to their versatility, sensory properties and good environmental profile. Covestro has developed a new product line of polyurethane polymers based on more than 50% renewable resources, therefore defined as naturally-derived ingredients according to ISO 16128. The first film former of this line, Baycusan® eco E 1000, was especially designed for hair care applications.

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Consumer needs

End consumers are looking for more natural hair styling products with the same level of performance as products formulated with synthetic ingredients.  The challenge for formulators is therefore to increase the natural content of ingredients in their hair care formula without compromising on its styling and sensory properties.

General characteristics 

Baycusan® eco E 1000 is a bio-based polyurethane film forming agent that is a must-have ingredient in hair styling products providing both hold and manageability. Polyurethanes are composed of both rigid and soft segments (Figure 1). The Baycusan® ec ...