MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF, the world's petrochemical major, has introduced a new solution: the "Skin Care Polymers Toolbox" to better help customers find the ideal polymer for their individual skin care product, as per the company's press release.
The company analyzed its complete polymer portfolio based on four criteria: viscosity versus pH range, electrolyte tolerance, emulsifying capability and sensory profile. One of the procedures employed for the evaluation was the Pillow Talk - a BASF sensory assessment method where trained individuals compare how their skin feels on the surfaces of different pillows after applying a cream or emollient. "With the results of our analysis we can give our customers clear guidance regarding which polymer is performing how in which formulation," said Francesco Romagnoli, Marketing Manager for Skin Care Polymer Europe. "The Skin Care Polymers Toolbox allows cosmetics manufacturers to choose the most suitable polymer for their specific skin care application."
Among the polymers identified, especially two can help cosmetics manufacturers to optimize the sensory characteristics of their products: Cosmedia SP - efficient thickener and emulsifier for an elegant afterfeel and sensory modifier with a lubricious effect/
Cosmedia SP, off-white, free-flowing powder, stands out for its exceptional sensorial profile and elegant afterfeel. It delivers silky and velvety sensory properties without stickiness, which is appealing for all skin care applications. Cosmedia SP offers emulsifying and suspending capabilities without needing an additional emulsifier, and also demonstrates good thickening capabilities. It demonstrates flexibility as it is suitable for cold processing and can be added to an oil or water phase.
Rheocare HSP 1180, clear, viscous liquid solution, is a sensory modifier imparting a soft and plush afterfeel. Rheocare HSP 1180 can be used at a broad pH range and delivers high lubricity even at low concentrations. When introduced to formulations, it reduces the friction during application: Being rubbed in, it delivers an immediate sense of lightness and quickness comparable to that of oils, but without leaving an oily feeling on the skin. Thus, Rheocare HSP 1180 is particularly suited for skin care products that require a sophisticated sensory profile.
As MRC reported before, earlier this month, BASF unveiled its largest construction chemicals plant in India at Nellore (Andhra Pradesh, South-East India). This is BASF’s fifth construction chemicals plant in the country. With its state-of-the-art technology and strategically located close to regional growth centers, the plant will enable BASF to respond in a timely fashion to customers’ needs in the Southern part of India and to support them with high-performance solutions in the highly competitive market.
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets a comprehensive portfolio of more than 700 intermediates around the world. Its most important product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, detergents and crop protectants. BASF had sales of about EUR74 billion in 2014 and over 113,000 employees as of the end of the year.