Stabilising rinse-off formulations naturally
With Lamesoft Balance, BASF launches a product for the stabilisation of ingredients in skin and hair cleansing formulations that is derived from 100 percent natural feedstock.
Acting as a natural structure enhancer in surfactant-based systems, it stabilises wax-based opacifiers in rinse-off applications – even in low viscosity formulations. It provides a pleasant and homogenous rheology in finished formulations.
Due to its composition of hydrogenated castor oil and APG, Lamesoft Balance is cold processable and easy to formulate. It prevents the aggregation of small particles and reduces the sedimentation speed of wax dispersions in surfactant systems, especially in those that can be micellar thickened. Opacifying wax dispersions create a lotion-like white look in formulations and provide significant skin and hair care benefits.
“The stabilisation of fine particle wax dispersions in rinse-off formulations is often very challenging,” says Dr. Hans-Martin Haake, Head of Market Development Hair, Body, Oral Care at BASF Personal Care. “With Lamesoft Balance BASF now offers a solution that is readily biodegradable and helps manufacturers of skin and hair cleansing products to stabilise their formulations without using synthetic polymers. The product is also suitable for alternative surfactant systems.”
Performance and sensory tests have shown that Lamesoft Balance enhances the foam properties in body wash formulations and provides a pleasant skin feeling. In shampoo formulations containing cationic conditioning agents, Lamesoft Balance has proven to significantly boost the hair conditioning effect.
Lamesoft Balance meets the requirements of EU Ecolabel, Nordic Ecolabel, Bra Miljöval and is suitable for formulations of natural cosmetics according to both the COSMOS and the NATRUE standard.