Natural ingredients on the rise: guar technology to the rescue!

Safety is key! There is a growing concern among consumers about the safety and sources of their ingredients. Being transparent and inclusive has become ever more important for end-consumers. Solvay’s Jaguar® is a series of native, nonionic, cationic and hydroxypropyl-modified natural guar polymers derived from renewable resources.

These ingredients provide hair and body care formulators with a full range of conditioning and texturizing features from a bio-based technology aligned with the market expectations.

What is guar?

  • The guar plant (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Taub) is an abundant and renewable resource. It mainly grows in dry and arid environments in India, Pakistan and the USA
  • The inner part of the plant, called the endosperm, is extracted to provide galactomannan, a large polymeric molecule with a high molecular weight
  • The galactomannan can be reacted with different molecules to provide controlled modifying and functional properties that create new molecules, such as our Jaguar® Range

The two types of guar: cationic and nonionic

Cationic guar provides excellent conditioning effects and is soluble in water. Nonionic guar is used as a thickener and film former in personal care products, especially for damaged or dry skin and hair. They are famous for their high level of lubricity, excellent slat and alcohol tolerance and ability to help in stabilizing emulsions. They are both naturally derived from the seeds of the guar plant.

How to process Jaguar®

How to Process Jaguar® in Water (for all but Jaguar® Excel & Jaguar® C13s)
HP Jaguar Process For Excel and C13s
How to Process Jaguar® in Water for all Jaguar®
How to Process Jaguar in Water
How to Process Jaguar® in Glycerin, Perfume or Oil
HP Jaguar Process

Paving the way for circular beauty with biodegradable ingredients 

Beauty Biodeg Score by Solvay -

Biodegradability is a new topic in the market. Solvay experts created the Beauty Biodeg Score that is based on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) guidelines, precisely the OECD 301 F and OECD 302 B, which measure the level of degradation of beauty care ingredients by microorganisms over a given period of time.
Thanks to this methodology we are able to assign a biodegradability score to our ingredients.

Biodegradable thickening beauty polymers: 

Biodegradable conditioning beauty polymers: 

Our way of working: building a sustainable guar supply chain

The Sustainable Guar Initiative is a pioneering program aiming to achieve a 25% increase in guar farmers’ revenues while establishing global standards for responsible sourcing of guar. Our ambition is to increase the number of partners and outreach to smallholder farmers to improve the life and resilience of local communities:

  • Sustainable agriculture: environment protection
  • Self-sustaining program: economic and social value for the farmers
  • Women as agents for change: access to training and skills
  • Traceable supply chain: reconnect the farmer to the end product
  • Quality and security of supply


Discover our Jaguar® portfolio





Jaguar® C 162

(Cationic Guar)

  • Thickener
  • Conditioner
  • Repair/care agent
  • Deposition agent
  • Opaque & transparent formulations
  • Sensory benefits
    (soft feel, non-greasy, easy combing)
  • Non-ecotoxic & natural-origin

Jaguar® Excel

(Cationic Guar)

  • Hair conditioning agent
  • Deposition agent
  • Excellent conditioning
  • No build-up
  • Silicone-free & sulfate-free 
  • COSMOS-certified

Jaguar® Optima

(Cationic Guar)

  • Hair conditioning agent 
  • Repair/care agent
  • Deposition agent
  • Detangler
  • Excellent conditioning
  • No build-up
  • Sensory benefits
    (easy combing, non-greasy, soft feel) 
  • COSMOS-certified

Jaguar® HP 105

(Nonionic Guar)

  • Thickener
  • Texture Agent
  • Stabilizer
  • Conditioner
  • Detangler
  • Natural-origin
  • Sensory benefits
    (soft feel, smooth feel, non-sticky)
  • Contributes to formula texture
Jaguar® HP-120 COS
  • Emollient
  • Thickener 
  • Film-forming 
  • Conditioner
  • No tackiness
  • Smooth feel 
  • Natural origin
Jaguar® Soft
  • Contributes to viscosity building of the formulation
  • Provides a rich and creamy foam 
  • Superior sensorial assessment to Polyquaternium-7
  • Renewable ingredient
  • Enhances skin feel during application
  • Provides a soft skin after-feel
  • COSMOS-approved

Helping you select the best Jaguar® for your formulation needs

Solvay's Jaguar Range Selection Guide

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