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Mind the gap!

Is silicone-free, still hot? You may wonder, as the claim has been in the market for years. Before we come up with an answer , let’s take a quick look at the  consumer market . “Clean beauty” is popular nowadays in the Asian personal care market and goes beyond natural/organic, reflecting high demand  for transparency about  ingredients used in personal care products.  Under clean beauty, according to Euromonitor, consumers are looking into different aspects of products such as safety, transparency, gentle, free from and simplicity. The pursuit for clean beauty is clearly visible  in hair care in Asia Pacific, according to Mintel, e.g. 66% of China consumers associate clean beauty with “free-from” claims and silicone-free ranks  among the top 4 claims in  new hair care product launches in the region.

However, Mind the gap! Silicone-free conditioners are lagging behind the market. There were more silicone-free shampoos launched in the APAC market than silicone-free conditioners in past years, mainly due to technical challenges, meanwhile indicating opportunities.

Close the Gap! A systematic study done by BASF – our answer to the “is silicone-free, still hot?” question

Emollient screening
Alternative for silicone-free solutions


Targeted emollient -> close to silicone spreading on hair
Contact angle of emollients on hair surface


Suitable BASF emollient candidates are screened out for silicone alternatives in conditioner


Contact angle also indicates hair “health” status
Healthier hair tends to be hydrophobic


Selected emulsifier provides super hydrophobic modification for damaged hair surface


Balance the conditioning and emulsification
Lamellar conditioning with selected BASF emulsifiers


Screening of emulsifiers based on formulation with different emollients
Combing test


On wet hair
Easier comb with emulsifiers, more acceptance on overall sensory


On dry hair
Easier comb, hydrophobicity enhancement is perceivable


More glossy hair with Monomuls® 90-O18


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