Solvay One Planet ambition

At Solvay, we believe that solutions to humankind’s major challenges will be led by scientific breakthroughs. Today, through our Solvay One Planet ambition, we put our expertise at the service of some of the most pressing issues of our planet. Structured around the three major categories of climate, resources and better life, Solvay One Planet is our roadmap toward a sustainable future that provides shared value for all.

Connecting the dots between Hair Care and sustainability

Our experts in the Beauty Care market have translated this for our customers into a variety of offerings strongly rooted in science: sustainable solutions that perform and delight consumers, eco-friendly / eco-conscious formulations, and multiple ways of adapting to evolving consumer perceptions and behaviors that respect the boundaries of our planet.

"At Solvay, we are committed to doing the right thing for our planet, addressing the challenges ahead, and positively impacting all of our stakeholders — from consumers to suppliers. You can rely on Solvay to lead the progress in Sustainable Beauty."

Eric Leroy, Global Marketing Director, Personal Care at Solvay

 

Sustainable Hair Care solutions to prevent climate change

  • Reducing carbon footprint and use hot water with new routines, new rinse off concepts.
  • Promoting sustainable agricultural practices in the palm supply chain.
  • Reducing pressure on biodiversity with biodegradable solutions and non eco-toxic ingredients.
  • Solvay One Planet engagement positively impacts the personal care market with greener energy consumption on our sites.

 

Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO Mass-Balanced Products

Why is palm oil still important?
Palm oil is an incredibly efficient crop, producing more oil per land area than any other equivalent vegetable oil crop. Globally, palm oil provides 35% of the world’s vegetable oil demand using just 10% of the land*. While oil palm is more efficient than other vegetable crops, concerns over its growing demand could lead to serious environmental and social consequences such as deforestation, loss of natural habitats, illegal fires and land conflicts.

Even though the volumes used by Solvay remain low compared to the total market for palm oil, we are committed to respecting Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and ensuring our palm oil supplies are sustainably produced.

*Source : WWF


What is RSPO Mass Balanced (MB)?
Palm oil can be produced in a responsible manner that respects the environment and communities. The RSPO label ensures that a product is made with certified sustainable palm oil. This label gives confidence that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

RSPO Mass Balanced for sustainable hair care solutions

What are Solvay’s commitments? 

  • RSPO member since 2012
  • Sustainable sourcing policy for palm and palm kernel oil derivatives
  • Stringent selection of our suppliers based on sustainability criteria
  • A time-bound plan to ensure full traceability of our raw materials
  • RSPO certification of our manufacturing sites (all Personal Care sites are certified)

 

Product name INCI name Region of manufacturing Function
Mackol® CAS 100/N MB* Sodium Coco Sulfate Asia Anionics Surfactant
Fentacare® BTMS 25EF MB Behenyl Trimonium Methosulfate Asia, USA Conditioning agents
Mackam® 50 ULB MB* Cocamidopropyl Betaine Europe Amphotheric Surfactants
Mackam® DAB ULS MB Lauromidopropyl Betaine Europe Amphotheric Surfactants
Rhodameen® O2 V LD MB PEG-2 Oleamine Europe Cationic Surfactant
Alkamuls® PEG-16 CO* PEG 18 Castor Oil Dioleate Europe Solubilizer
Mirataine® BB/ FLA MB* Coco Betaine Europe, Asia, Latin America Amphotheric Surfactants
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl Laurate Europe Emollients
Miranol® C2M Conc NP MB* Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate Europe, USA Amphotheric Surfactants
Miranol® Ultra L32 (E) MB* Sodium Lauroamphoacetate Europe, USA Amphotheric Surfactants
Mirataine® CBS MB* Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine USA Amphotheric Surfactants
Miracare® 2MHT MB Disodium USA Anionic Surfactant
Mackanate® EL P MB Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate USA Anionics
Rhodasurf® L7/90 MB Laureth 7 USA Non-ionic Surfactant

*REACH compliant

Non eco-toxic solutions

Using ingredients of low environmental impact is important for respecting the delicate balance of marine biodiversity. A parameter often used to characterize the impact on the ecosystem is the Critical Dilution Volume (CDV). The CDV represents the volume of water needed for the dilution of a product down to a concentration with no foreseeable harmful impact on aquatic species (expressed in L/g). The lower the CDV, the lower the impact the ingredient has on the environment.

The table below lists ingredients with low CDV versus the reference products used to deliver the same functionality.

 

Product name INCI name Function Applications Challenge solved
Jaguar® C 162* Hydroxypropyl Guar
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Conditioning Polymer Shampoo, Conditioner Non-ecotoxic contrary to majority of Cationic Polymers
Jaguar® HP 105* Hydroxypropyl Guar Conditioning
And Thickening Polymer
Conditioner
Treatment
Enables Cationic Surfactant Reduction
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl Laurate Emollient Shampoo
Conditioner
Treatment
Silicone Alternative

*REACH compliant

Eco-friendly alternative solutions

The vast majority of today’s consumers want to understand the added value and benefits each ingredient brings to the products used in their beauty routines. Moreover, consumers no longer have to choose between a lower-performing, eco-friendly solution and an effective, yet conventional solution. So, a designation as natural or naturally derived typically results in a product being perceived as purer and safer for consumers.

With the expectation that personal care products should be made with more natural-inspired ingredients, Solvay Research and Innovation (R&I) teams are exploring ways to find naturally derived alternatives that can replace synthetic ingredients. Brands have begun to reformulate by removing undesirable synthetic ingredients, such as polyquaterniums, silicones and sulfates, and replacing them with alternatives that deliver similar, or even better, performance.

Through years of innovation Solvay’s teams have found innovative solutions that replace the functions of these existing products and add some new benefits and new sensory experiences.

 

Product name INCI name Altenative to/ Free from Functionality
Mackpro® Plus Rice C* Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein Alternative to animal protein (keratin protein) Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Optima* Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride Polyquaternium-10 Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Excel* Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium Chloride Polyquaternium-10 Conditioning Agent
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl Laurate Non-volatile silicone alternative (amodimethicone & dimethicone) Emollients
Mackadet® OPR-2* Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycol distearate, Sodium benzoate Styrene/Acrylates copolymer Opacifiers
Miracare® SOFT S525* Blend Sulfated Chassis Surfactants

*REACH compliant

 

Sustainable Hair Care solutions to preserve resources

  • Circular beauty through high naturalness indexed ingredients and winning naturally-derived alternatives that can replace synthetic ingredients (polyquaterniums, silicones and sulfates…).
  • Reducing plastic waste thanks to solid formats innovations and microplastic-free technologies.
  • Reducing water consumption thanks to new routines, new product concepts and waterless formulas.

 

Water-Saving routines and ingredients

Thanks to our new hair care routine with hybrid products consumers will save time, energy resources (water) and leave them with a clean conscience.

 

  • Pre Wash Treatment

This step replaces the conditioning step, but is done before shampooing and does not require any extra water, as you don’t need to rinse it before using your shampoo. This disruptive routine concept comes with a new sensory experience, delivering Intensive hair nourishment and protection against further damage from shampoo. Consumers can expect to save 30% to 50% of water per shower. 

Sustainable hair care solutions - new routine with coconut

 

  • BB cream shampoo or Cleansing Conditioner Solutions 

The objective of a multifunctional product like Solvay’s BB cream shampoo solution or cleansing conditioner is to reduce two steps of the hair-washing cycle by eliminating the conditioning step. Shampoos containing quats that deliver the conditioning performance expected from and combo shampoo-conditioner contrary to the traditional “2-in1” shampoos. With one rinse step removed, consumers can expect to save 30% to 50% of water per shower. 

Sustainable hair care solutions - Usual Routine

Shampoos containing quats truly deliver the conditioning performance expected from and combo shampoo-conditioner.

 

Product name INCI name Function New concept
Miracare OGE/OMG* Cetyl betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Guar Emulsifier Prewash Concentrate
Miracare® SLB 365 W* Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamide MEA Performance Concentrate BB cream

*REACH compliant

Less plastics with solid formats

Solid shampoo is making a serious comeback. Twenty-first  century environmental and healthfulness concerns have ushered in the return of powders and bars for hair washing, decades after liquid shampoos wiped them off the map of hair care routines.

One unit of solid shampoo can replace two to three bottles of its liquid equivalent, lasting 80-100 washes. Because younger generations are driving this demand, this trend is not expected to change over the next few decades.

Formulating solid shampoos requires three categories of ingredients: cleansing agents, mild amphoterics and binders and conditioning ingredients. Solvay carries all three of these categories in our portfolio. 

 

Product name INCI name Function Form
Mackol® CAS 100/N* Sodium Coco Sulfate Surfactant Needles
Rhodapon® LS92 RNB* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Surfactant Needles
Jaguar® C 162* Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent Powder
Jaguar® Excel* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent Powder
Jaguar® Optima* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent Powder
Geropon® T 77 PC MB* Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate Anionics Powder
Mackanate® LO 100 Lauryl Sulfosuccinate Surfactant Powder
Aerosol® OT 100* Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate Emulsifier Powder & wax
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl laurate Emollients Liquid

*REACH compliant

High Natural Index ingredients (ISO 16128-2)

The ISO 16128 Standard defines a common international language for  natural and organic ingredients that is based on the 12 principles of Green Chemistry.

ISO 16128 is not a label, not a set of technical specifications, not a law, but is rather a framework for harmonizing and structuring terminologies related to organic and natural ingredients among the different countries of the world.

The ISO 16128 Standard establishes four categories of ingredients and indicates calculations for their naturalness indices.

In Solvay's portfolio, this “naturalness index” concerns just two:

  • Natural Index (In) for pure natural products with no chemical modifications
  • Natural Origin Index (Ino) for products derived from natural resources that have been modified by chemical/biological reaction

An index of Ino > 0.5 refers to products originating from renewable resources.

 

Product name INCI name ISO Ino (16128-2) Functionality
Jaguar® S* Guar Gum 1.0 Rheological Agents
Rheozan® SH* Succinoglycan 1.0 Rheological Agents
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Ssoamyl Laurate 1.0 Emollients/
Conditioning Agents
Mackol® CAS 100/N MB* Sodium Coco Sulfate 1.0 Anionics
Rhodapex® ESB 70 NAT* Sodium Laureth Sulfate 1.0 Anionics
Rhodapon® LX 28 HA Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 1.0 Anionics
Rhodapon® LS-92 RNB* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 1.0 Anionics
Jaguar® C500 STD* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride 0.9< Ino <1 Conditioning Agents
Jaguar® C14S* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride 0.9< Ino <1 Conditioning Agents
Mackpro® KLP Quaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Keratin  0.9< Ino <1 Conditioning Agents
Mackpro® Plus Rice C* Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein 0.9< Ino <1 Conditioning Agents
Alkamuls® 515V* Ethylene Glycol Distearate  0.9< Ino <1 Pearlizers and
Opacifiers
Mackadet® OPR-2* Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Benzoate 0.9< Ino <1 Opacifiers
Mirasheen® Star K Blend 0.9< Ino <1 Pearlizers and
Opacifiers

*REACH compliant

Microplastics-free

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles, fewer than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter, smaller than a grain of rice. They are found in everyday items, such as water bottles, textiles, and some personal care products. As concerns are being raised over the consequences these tiny particles have on marine life, Solvay offers alternatives to microplastics for the most challenging formulations.

 

Product name INCI name Function Challenge solved
Mackadet® OPR 2* Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Benzoate Naturally Derived Replacement of synthetic acrylate-based latex opacifiers
Rheozan® SH* Succinoglycan Naturally Derived Replace synthetic Rheological modifiers

*REACH compliant

 

Sustainable Hair Care solutions to enable a better life

  • Promoting inclusion by working closely with farmers and villages through our Sustainable Guar Initiative program.
  • Promoting a better life for all with more and more of our products certified: COSMOS, EU Ecolabel, vegan, cruelty-free, and halal.

 

Sustainable Guar Initiative

A multi-year project to teach and promote sustainable agricultural practices to farmers of rain-fed guar bean crops grown in India’s desert region of Bikaner. Launched in 2015, Solvay’s Sustainable Guar Initiative (SGI) aims to empower farmers with tools and knowledge to cultivate guar crops through good agricultural practices that will result in more continuous, high-yield production. The program was designed to improve the livelihood of farmers, protect local resources and ensure a durability of income for guar bean farmers while also considering the impact of climate change into their activities.

More than 7,300 farmers in 36 villages have already registered to participate in the project. We commissioned Technoserve, a global non-governmental  organization, to spearhead on-the-ground implementation. Technoserve experts train farmers, showing how sustainable farming practices can be implemented in a practical way. By comparing crops grown on the demonstration land to those grown under normal field conditions, farmers learn to recognize the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. 

Our efforts also focus on expanded societal inputs to help women establish kitchen gardens that provide various vegetables for their families, and serve as a potential secondary source of income.

Hair care solutions - The guar supply chain

 

Integrated approach of the environment and societal life cycle analysis of the first three years of the Sustainable Guar Initiative program

Sustainable Guar Initiative -  Environment and Societal life cycle analysis

 

Product name INCI name Function
Jaguar® HP 8 COS SGI* Hydroxypropyl Guar Thickening Agent
Polycare® Split Therapy* Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride Active Ingredient

*REACH compliant

COSMOS ingredients

Cosmetic Organic and Natural Standard (COSMOS-validated ingredients) meet standards and requirements for responsible use of natural resources and use ingredients of a completely natural and organic origin.

The certification is recognized around the world by the cosmetics industry. By adhering to specific guidelines, cosmetics marketers can use COSMOS trademarks on packaging to confirm their products meet industry requirements.

Solvay offers a variety of ingredients validated by COSMOS.

 

Product name INCI name Function
Jaguar® C14 S* Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® C17* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Thloride Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® C500 STD* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Excel* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Optima* Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride Conditioning Agent
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl Laurate Emollient
Mackam® CAB 818* Cocamidopropyl Betaine Emulsifying / Surfactant
Mackol® CAS-100N* Sodium Coco-Sulfate Emulsifying / Surfactant
Miranol® Ultra C 32* Sodium Cocoamphoacetate Emulsifying / Surfactant
Miranol® Ultra L 32* Sodium Lauroamphoacetate Emulsifying / Surfactant
Miranol® Ultra L32 E* Sodium Lauroamphoacetate Emulsifying / Surfactant
Mackam® 50 ULB* / MB*
 
Cocamidopropyl Betaine Surfactant
Mackam® CB 35 ULS HP* / MB* Coco Betaine Surfactant
Miranol® C2M CONC NP*/MB* Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate Surfactant
Mirataine® BB/FLA MB* Coco Betaine Surfactant
Mirataine® Bet C-30 NP* Cocamidopropyl Betaine Surfactant
Rhodapon® LS-92 RNB* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Surfactant
Rheozan® SH* Succinoglycan Viscosity Modifier

*REACH compliant

EU Ecolabel ingredients

The EU Ecolabel takes the whole life cycle of a product into account, from the extraction of raw materials, to production, to packaging and transport, through to consumer use, disposal and recycling. This ensures that the environmental impact is minimal in comparison to similar market products. The EU Ecolabel also minimizes the use of hazardous substances that may be harmful to aquatic environments.

Organized by the European Commission, the EU Ecolabel ensures environmental efficiency through third-party control and testing to guarantee that their criteria are met, and provides an easily recognizable logo to committed products.

 

Product name INCI name Function
Polycare® Split Therapy* Guar Gum Derivative Active & Conditioning
Dermalcare® LIA MB* Isoamyl Laurate Emollient
Mackam® CAB 818* Cocamidopropyl Betaine Emulsifying / Surfactant
Alkamuls® 515 V Ethylene Glycol Distearate Pearlizers and Opacifiers
Rheomer® AB 25 T* Acrylates/ Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer Rheological Agent
Rheozan® SH* Succinoglycan Rheological Agent
Rheomer® SC Plus* Acrylates/ Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer Rheology Modifier
Alkamuls® PEG 16 CO* PEG-18 castor oil dioleate Solubilizer
Mackam® 50 ULB MB* Cocamidopropyl Betaine Surfactant
Mirataine® BB/FLA MB* Coco Betaine Surfactant
Jaguar® S* Guar Gum Thickener

*REACH compliant

Vegan & cruelty-free ingredients

There is no official vegan label and no "gold standard" certification. Many vegan labels exist on the market (specific to cosmetics or not, with some combined with "cruelty-free" certification) and each label having certain specificities.

Solvay has a long-term commitment toward a more sustainable, responsible and ethical chemistry. To reach these objectives, we strive to reduce and even avoid the use of animal testing. We consider animal welfare as a top priority, while never overlooking the optimal safety level of our products, the health of our workers, and the protection of the environment.

For information about all vegan/cruelty-free certifications of our products, please contact your Solvay representative to receive a personalized answer to your specific questions.

Halal and Kosher certified ingredients

Solvay offers solutions that address challenging criteria and labeling requirements for ethical and "community-friendly" products.

 

List of certified plants

Solvay Sustainable Hair Care Solutions - Certified plants for Halal ingredients

 

Product name Plant Surfactant type
Miranol® C2M CONC NP Bangpoo Disodium Cocoamphoacetate
Miranol® HMD Bangpoo Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
Miranol® Ultra L (E) 32* Bangpoo Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
Mirataine® BET C 30 NP Bangpoo Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Mirataine® CABB CP Bangpoo Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Alkamuls® CRH 60 Jurong PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Alkamuls® PSML 20 PC* Jurong Polysorbate 20
Alkamuls® PSML-20* Jurong Polysorbate 80
Mackol® CAS 100/N* ROHA Sodium Coco Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESA 70 RB ROHA Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 28 RB ROHA Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 70 NAT* ROHA Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 70 RB ROHA Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapon® ALS 25 RB ROHA Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate
Rhodapon® LS92 RNB ROHA Sodium C12-14 Lauryl Sulphate
Rhodapon® LS94 RPB ROHA Sodium C12-18 Lauryl Sulphate
Rhodapon® LSS 92 RP ROHA Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulphonate

*REACH compliant