Cosmetics based on bio-isobutene

Cosmetics based on bio-isobutene

Clariant and Global Bioenergies have developed a new polymer from renewable resources for cosmetic creams and lotions.

Clariant and Global Bioenergies develop a new biobased polymer from renewable resources for cosmetic creams and lotions.

Specialty chemicals company Clariant and biotechnology company Global Bioenergies have announced the development of a new bio-based polymer of renewable isobutene for cosmetic creams and lotions. 

The ideal replacement for petroleum-based substances 

The renewable isobutene is sugar-based and provided by Global Bioenergies. Clariant uses this as a so-called rheology modifier. What makes the new biobased polymer so special is the fact that it does not change the viscosity or texture properties of creams or lotions and is thus a direct and complete replacement for petroleum-based substances – and the consumer won’t notice a difference. 

In addition, the new product contains more than 50% regenerative carbon and thus belongs to the group of natural and biological cosmetic ingredients and products. 

Sustainable future with countless opportunities 

The main component of Clariant's new cosmetic ingredient is currently being produced in small quantities at the Global Bioenergies demonstration plant in Leuna, but both companies are already working on scaling this process up.

Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies is convinced of the properties of their new biobased polymer: "Renewable isobutene is a widely used building block for cosmetic applications and we are excited by the opportunities it presents for new bio-based ingredients to address the needs of niche markets. Our relationship with Clariant is strengthening, and we expect to continue building our network of partners as we prepare for larger capacities." Similarly, Ralf Zerrer, Head of Strategic Marketing and Innovation, Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties at Clariant, sees plenty of business opportunities fort he future: "Supporting our customers in the Personal Care industry with sustainable, bio-based ingredients is a key priority for Clariant. (...) With our new polymer, we are delighted to expand current limited opportunities for formulators looking to improve the sustainability of their formulations, letting them make an immediate switch without compromising application properties or performance."