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In a world increasingly focused on sustainable, eco-friendly solutions, Solvay’s range of biodegradable polymers is making waves in the beauty and personal care industry. Naternal™ offers a green alternative to traditional ingredients, aligning perfectly with the growing demand for environmentally conscious products. In this blog, we’ll explore the Naternal™ range, its various grades, composition, and how they can be used in different formulations for hair and skin care.
Understanding Naternal™ Biodegradable Polymers
Naternal™, a trademark of Solvay, represents a collection of biodegradable polymers that stand out for their eco-friendliness and versatile applications in the cosmetics industry. These polymers are designed to replace conventional, non-biodegradable ingredients, making it easier for manufacturers to develop sustainable products.
This range comes in two discrete functions, conditioning polymers and thickening polymers. So, let’s take a closer look at each:
Biodegradable Conditioning Polymers
Naternal™ Excel SGI
A biodegradable conditioning polymer that is COSMOS-approved and perfect for transparent formulations. Naternal™ Excel SGI is an innovative product derived from guar, grown by farmers in Rajasthan, India, who are members of Solvay’s Sustainable Guar Initiative program. It is optimised for conditioning normal to slightly damaged hair, providing both wet and dry conditioning without leaving any build-up. Thanks to its fantastic compatibility with anionic and amphoteric surfactants, it also contributes to a more pleasurable sensory experience due to its stable and high foam volume.
Naternal™ C14S (SGI)
Known for its superior wet and dry hair and skin benefits, Naternal™ C14S is a cationic polymer with moderate charge. Its excellent substantivity qualities and ability to deliver insoluble conditioning agents, sets it apart. Not only is this polymer biodegradable and COSMOS-approved, but it is also perfect for opaque formulations. Like Naternal™ Excel SGI it is also made from guar grown in farmer villages of Rajasthan, India, as part of Solvay’s Sustainable Guar Initiative program.
Naternal™ C500 STD
This non-ecotoxic conditioning polymer delivers a “clean feel” signature for conditioned hair without adding weight. A versatile polymer that is ideal for creating hair formulas with biodegradability claims, and is effective for different hair types, including fine hair, men’s hair and dandruff scalps. The best part? Naternal™ C500 STD can also be used in skin applications, making it a flexible ingredient for all your beauty needs.
Biodegradable Thickening Polymers
Naternal™ Guar Gum P SGI
This thickener is perfect for personal care products with high sustainability standards. It can be used in various formulations such as shampoo, body wash, hair conditioner, and hair treatments. When used in isotropic cleansers, it is vital to keep the electrolytes content low (typically < 0.5%) to maintain product stability.
Naternal™ HP-8 COS SGI
This thickening polymer is perfect for personal care formulas that prioritise natural, biodegradable, and ethically sourced ingredients. It’s versatile enough to use in a wide range of products, from shampoos and body washes to hair conditioners and treatments. Not only does it improve viscosity, but it also enhances the benefits delivered to the hair and skin. Plus, it’s an excellent choice for eco-friendly, waterless DIY cleansers.
Solvay’s Naternal™ range of biodegradable polymers is at the forefront of the sustainable beauty and personal care revolution. These innovative ingredients offer a green solution to manufacturers looking to create products that not only perform well but also have a minimal impact on the environment. With various grades tailored for different applications, Naternal™ polymers are poised to reshape the cosmetics industry, one sustainable formulation at a time. To find out more about how you can formulate with Naternal™, get in touch to speak with one of our experts!