Covestro the leading polymer company, has developed Baycusan eco E 1000, a film-forming polyurethane (PU) dispersion for hairstyling products with a carbon content based on 58 percent biomass, which achieves the high-performance level of synthetic acrylate polymers. Baycusan eco E 1000 is suitable in formulations where a long-lasting hold and a good humidity resistance are critical.
Baycusan eco E 1000 conforms to the requirements of ISO standard 16128 part 1 to be designated as a naturally derived ingredient. The new film former will be officially be launched at the 2018 SEPAWA Conference to be held from October 10 to 12 in Berlin, the most important meeting attended by professionals from the cosmetics, perfume, and cleaning agent industry in Europe.
Mélanie Dick, marketing manager for cosmetics & commercial operations in the EMEA/LATAM region at Covestro, said, “With the new film former we are opening a way out of a dilemma. In the past, using ‘green’ raw materials in hairstyling and hair care agents was typically associated with visible and palpable disadvantages: Natural hair care products on the market often leave a visible residue on hair (‘flaking’), give it a sticky touch, or don’t provide reliable hold. However, formulations containing Baycusan eco E 1000 don´t show these drawbacks.”
Dr. Laurence Pottié from Global Business Development for Cosmetics, commented, “Our new biobased film former can be used to manufacture sprays and gels that give the stylist a good, long-lasting, and flexible hold while offering anti-frizzing properties. Our hairstyling laboratory measured key properties of the new biobased PU dispersion and compared it to petrochemical-based filming polymers available on the market. In addition, we tested formulations using the new dispersion and with synthetic polymers.”