Clariant has launched Aristoflex Eco T, a next-generation rheology modifier claimed to combine the performance of synthetic polymers with the environmental profile of biopolymers.
The Swiss company says the patented technology delivers strong thickening and stabilizing performance while also being readily biodegradable and naturally derived, with a renewable carbon index (RCI) of 71%.
The new rheology modifier is naturally derived from Tara Gum, obtained from the Tara Spinosa plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes.
Rheology modifiers are a key ingredient in skincare formulations. They influence texture, viscosity and formulation stability, and have an impact on skin feel and overall sensorial experience.
Traditionally, synthetic polymers offer good performance but are not natural or biodegradable. Conversely, natural biopolymers often suffer performance drawbacks that can present a challenge to formulators aiming to create products with luxurious textures and skin feel.
“With the launch of Plantasens Biogum Tara back in 2021, Clariant started the journey towards sustainable high performing rheology modifiers,” said Michael Haspel, Clariant’s Head of Personal Care & Home Care.
“Aristoflex Eco T is our next step on this journey and unlocks new possibilities for formulators in creating sophisticated, yet sustainable skin care products,” he added.
The new product can be used across a range of applications including facial creams, body lotions and skin serums. It also works well in sun care products containing organic and mineral UV filters.