Expanded range for new regulations

BASF has expanded its low 1,4dioxane line by adding several new ingredients to the existing range of Flex surfactants and polymers in North America. The BASF Flex solutions allow brands in the cosmetics, personal care, and home care industries to use ingredients that are certified low in 1,4dioxane for their formulations.

A recently signed New York state law prohibits the sale of household cleaning and personal care products containing more than 2 ppm 1,4-dioxane and cosmetics products containing 10 ppm 1,4-dioxane by the end of 2022; For household cleaning and personal care products the limit will be further reduced to 1 ppm at the end of 2023. The state of California is also assessing 1,4dioxane in home and personal care products through the Safer Consumer Products program and research is estimated to be completed in three years.


“Formulating with Flex helps our partners comply with regulations ahead of the 2022 deadline,” said Scott Thomson, senior vice president, BASF Care Chemicals, North America. “Expanding the Flex range is an important step in providing our customers with a broad portfolio of flexible formulation options. It enables them to meet both their performance criteria and the new industry requirements.”