Symrise sweetens hair care with sugar beet ingredient

Symrise has launched SymFeel Quat Green, a 100% natural, readily biodegradable hair care ingredient made from white sugar beet molasses.

The German maker says it is designed to replace synthetic polyquats Polyquaternium 7 (PQ-7) and Polyquaternium 10 (PQ-10) in hair care formulations, like shampoos and conditioners, while maintaining desired performance.

“Cosmetic companies often use the polyquaternium compounds PQ-7 and PQ-10 in the production of shampoos and conditioners. These polymers, also known as polyquats, make hair appear smoother, come with an anti-static effect, and make it easy to comb,” added Symrise.

“It can completely replace the PQ-7 and PQ-10 synthetic materials – and offer the same efficacy.”

SymFeel Quat Green is obtained from white beet molasses produced as by-products in the sugar industry.

In addition, it can go into body and face wash, and improves the suppleness of the skin there.

"We know that currently only this plant-based ingredient achieves this effect and can replace the two most commonly used polyquats. Symrise can therefore call itself a pioneer in this field," said Symrise global product manager for hair care Rita Cartaxo.    

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