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New biodegradable guar-based polymers for beauty care

Solvay Group expands its offer of biodegradable ingredients with two functional guar-based polymers for eco-responsible hair care and body care products

Solvay, a global specialist in natural beauty care polymers, completes its range of biodegradable guar-based solutions presented in December 2021, with two new polymers – a thickener and a conditioning agent – for beauty care. These new ingredients – Jaguar NAT SGI and Jaguar Excel – will enable beauty brands to meet the strictest global regulations, and meet consumers' growing needs for more responsible and sustainable beauty products.

"Until recently, the availability of biodegradable functional polymers was limited," explains JeanGuy Le-Helloco, Vice President Home & Personal Care at Solvay. With our biodegradable ingredients from the Jaguar range, formulators now have ingredients that allow them to expand their offering of more responsible hair and body care products. »

In addition to the new biodegradable ingredients for the Jaguar range, Solvay's experts have developed the "Beauty Biodeg Score" which rates its products from A to D based on OECD guidelines1. The two new polymers meet the most demanding criteria2 in terms of biodegradability: Jaguar NAT SGI, a thickener, obtains an A score (classified as "readily biodegradable"); jaguar Excel, a packaging agent, gets a B score (rated "inherently ultimately biodegradable"). They complete the product range, which already includes jaguar HP-8 COS SGI thickener and Jaguar C500 STD packaging agent, both rated B. Typical applications include shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, styling gels, shower gels and body scrubs. They will be presented on solvay's stand at the worldwide in-cosmetics exhibition from 5 to 7 April in Paris.

"By assigning a biodegradability rating to our products, we are helping our stakeholders appreciate the rapid progress Solvay is making in developing biodegradable and sustainable products with full and transparent traceability ," adds Galder Cristobal, Head of Home and Personal Care Research and Innovation at Solvay. We have entered an unprecedented phase of innovation with these new biodegradable polymers. And we are investing in advanced biodegradation testing for next-generation cosmetological ingredients. The new biodegradable ingredients in the Jaguar range mark the beginning of this adventure. »

The guar beans used in the manufacture of Jaguar polymers are a renewable natural resource, derived in part from Solvay's Sustainable Guar Initiative (SGI) in Rajasthan, India, which aims to:

  • implement best agricultural practices to improve the quality of guar and secure its supply, while preserving the water resources necessary for its cultivation
  • enable farmers to earn a better living
  • encourage the empowerment of women at the local level.

Solvay's commitment to sustainable beauty is at the heart of Beauty for the Planet, an initiative that aims to provide sustainable beauty ingredients, which are suitable for consumers and the environment, through innovation and partnerships with customers.

  1. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  2. Complies with OECD 301 F and OECD 302 B directives.
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