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TO GIVE YOUR HAIR AND
SKIN SOMETHING BACK

Whether it’s the heat, cold, stress or UV-rays, our skin and hair are tasked daily with the most demanding job in the world: protecting us from daily cleansing routines and countless environment stressors. It’s therefore essential that we keep them in top form with effective products that are simultaneously gentle and mild. It’s the only way we can equip our skin and hair with the care it needs to care for us each and every day.

What do you know

about natural beauty?

Your
daily dose
of
skin care

    Did you know

    As an “intake organ”, the skin can absorb substances from the environment into the body – such as when applying skin care products.

    The skin you are in

    The average skin, when stretched
    out, is 2 square meters.

    Skin accounts for around 15 %
    of your body weight.

    Every 28 days your skin
    renews itself.

    Your skin has completely recycled approx.
    250 times by age 20

    Did you know

    Using mild shampoo helps repair damaged hair, is gentle to your scalp and keeps dyed hair from fading fast.

    Amazing facts about your hair

    Your hair grows 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters each day –
    or about 1 cm every month.

    Although only 2% of the population is blonde,
    they make it count: they have more individual hairs
    than both brunettes and redheads.

    Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch
    to 30 % its original length.

    on average a man spends 5 months
    of his life For shaving.

    Did you know

    As an “intake organ”, the skin can absorb substances from the environment into the body – such as when applying skin care products.

    Amazing facts about your hair

    The average skin, when stretched out, is 2 square meters.

    Skin accounts for around 15 % of your body weight.

    Every 28 days your skin renews itself.

    Your skin has completely recycled approx. 250 times by age 20

    Did you know

    Using mild shampoo helps repair damaged hair, is gentle to your scalp and keeps dyed hair from fading fast.

    The skin you are in

    Your hair grows 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters each day – or about 1 cm every month.

    Although only 2% of the population is blonde,
    they make it count: they have more individual hairs
    than both brunettes and redheads.

    Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30 % its original length.

    on average a man spends 5 months of his life For shaving.

    Sensory
    Application

    Large Bubbles

    • fresh
    • clean
    • bubble bath
    • revitalizing shampoo

    Medium Bubbles

    • deep clean
    • mild
    • anti-aging-shampoo
    • facial cleanser

    Small Bubbles

    • moisturizing
    • conditioning
    • pampering facial cleanser
    • baby shampoo

    The innovation that pleases the senses:

    Discover the surfactants

    GlucoTain is an innovative range of sugar-based surfactants offering sensory benefits through individual foam structures, from fluffy to rich and light to caring, in a broad range of skin and hair care products.

    Bubble Size

    Large

    Medium

    Small

    Sensory

    Fresh

    Clean

    Deep Clean

    Mild

    Moisturizing

    Caring

    Application

    Body Wash

    Revitalizing Shampoo

    Facial Cleanser

    Anti Aging Shampoo

    Baby Shampoo

    Pampering Facial Cleanser

    The sensory evaluation

    Everyone can feel

    When it comes to the sensory features of GlucoTain, our trained panel of experts is very hands on—literally: they meet on a regular basis to test products and to evaluate performance. They start with a vigorous scrub of their hands, apply some of the selected product and then note their observations. This sensory analysis ensures that the performance of our product meets the expectation of our customers.
    Glucotain_sensorytest

    The sensory evaluation

    Everyone can feel

    When it comes to the sensory features of GlucoTain, our trained panel of experts is very hands on—literally: they meet on a regular basis to test products and to evaluate performance. They start with a vigorous scrub of their hands, apply some of the selected product and then note their observations. This sensory analysis ensures that the performance of our product meets the expectation of our customers.
    Glucotain_sensorytest

    The sensory evaluation

    Everyone can feel

    When it comes to the sensory features of GlucoTain, our trained panel of experts is very hands on—literally: they meet on a regular basis to test products and to evaluate performance. They start with a vigorous scrub of their hands, apply some of the selected product and then note their observations. This sensory analysis ensures that the performance of our product meets the expectation of our customers.
    Glucotain_sensorytest
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    »We have to show that our chemistry brings benefits to our customers and consumers. That’s why we supply sensory data, skin analysis and hair expertise and not just a molecule.«

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Charlotte_Stricane_Digital_150402

    Charlotte Stricane
    Global Application Development Manager

    »We have to show that our chemistry brings benefits to our customers and consumers. That’s why we supply sensory data, skin analysis and hair expertise and not just a molecule.«

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Charlotte_Stricane_Digital_150402

    Charlotte Stricane
    Global Application Development Manager

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Charlotte_Stricane_Digital_150402

    Charlotte Stricane
    Global Application Development Manager

    »We have to show that our chemistry brings benefits to our customers and consumers . That’s why we supply sensory data, skin analysis and hair expertise and not just a molecule.«

    Would you like some sugar?

    DR. KATARZYNA KITA TELLS
    THE STORY BEHIND
    GLUCOSE-BASED SURFACTANTS

    How did the idea for GlucoTain come up?
    Clariant is one of the leading companies in the production of surfactants. We design all our new products to best respond to the customer needs and taking into account our core values—we focus on performance, people and planet. The GlucoTain story started when our R&D department has used sugars as renewable raw materials to create non-ionic surfactants, which can be used in a variety of applications. In Personal Care, our goal was to deliver not only the expected cleaning performance, but also additional value for consumers, such as mildness and a sensory experience—all this while taking care of the ecological footprint. That was a considerable challenge, but we had very clear objectives, we maintained our focus, and we succeeded.

    What are the core advantages in comparison to conventional surfactants?
    Most surfactants currently present on the personal care market are based on sulfates or sulfonates and often contain polyethylene oxide (EO, or PEG). Sulfates are perceived as ‘aggressive’ to skin and hair, while EO may contain low amounts of toxic contaminations. GlucoTain is completely sulfate and EO-free. It is extremely mild to proteins and lipids, and furthermore an excellent solubilizer for oils and perfumes. This means that GlucoTain-containing formulations are easy to fragrance and do not require additional emulsifiers to incorporate beneficial ingredients.

    How challenging is it to create skin care additives from sugar?
    Experience matters, and our advantage here at Clariant is a team of excellent chemists. We were looking for alternatives to alkyl polyglycoside (APG), which is the most widely used sugar-based surfactant, but does not enable a broad product range. We developed glucamides, which combine the properties of APGs, like mild foam, but with additional benefits. First of all, they increase the formulation viscosity allowing for cost-optimization, and secondly, what sets glucamides apart are their conditioning properties, particularly relevant for skin care applications.

    GlucoTain is applicable for skin and hair care products. What kind of special requirements has a surfactant to fulfill both applications?
    First, it is important to know that hair care formulations (shampoo) are usually more complex than shower gel or body wash. This is because more conditioning is required for hair - to smooth hair cuticles, facilitate de-tangling and make combining easier. To achieve good shampoo performance, formulators use polymers, silicones, or oils, but those additives can compromise foam. Therefore, for both skin and hair care applications the ideal option is a mild surfactant with caring foam and conditioning after-feel —precisely such as GlucoTain.

    The structural formula of glucamide with its hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail, which enables the surfactant to mix water and oil.
    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Katarzyna_Kita_Digital_150402
    Dr. Katarzyna Kita
    Global Application Development Manager
    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Hand_Charlotte_Stricane_01_Digital_150402
    Glucotain_Structure

    Would you like some sugar?

    DR. KATARZYNA KITA TELLS
    THE STORY BEHIND
    GLUCOSE-BASED SURFACTANTS

    How did the idea for GlucoTain come up?
    Clariant is one of the leading companies in the production of surfactants. We design all our new products to best respond to the customer needs and taking into account our core values—we focus on performance, people and planet. The GlucoTain story started when our R&D department has used sugars as renewable raw materials to create non-ionic surfactants, which can be used in a variety of applications. In Personal Care, our goal was to deliver not only the expected cleaning performance, but also additional value for consumers, such as mildness and a sensory experience—all this while taking care of the ecological footprint. That was a considerable challenge, but we had very clear objectives, we maintained our focus, and we succeeded.

    What are the core advantages in comparison to conventional surfactants?
    Most surfactants currently present on the personal care market are based on sulfates or sulfonates and often contain polyethylene oxide (EO, or PEG). Sulfates are perceived as ‘aggressive’ to skin and hair, while EO may contain low amounts of toxic contaminations. GlucoTain is completely sulfate and EO-free. It is extremely mild to proteins and lipids, and furthermore an excellent solubilizer for oils and perfumes. This means that GlucoTain-containing formulations are easy to fragrance and do not require additional emulsifiers to incorporate beneficial ingredients.

    How challenging is it to create skin care additives from sugar?
    Experience matters, and our advantage here at Clariant is a team of excellent chemists. We were looking for alternatives to alkyl polyglycoside (APG), which is the most widely used sugar-based surfactant, but does not enable a broad product range. We developed glucamides, which combine the properties of APGs, like mild foam, but with additional benefits. First of all, they increase the formulation viscosity allowing for cost-optimization, and secondly, what sets glucamides apart are their conditioning properties, particularly relevant for skin care applications.

    GlucoTain is applicable for skin and hair care products. What kind of special requirements has a surfactant to fulfill both applications?
    First, it is important to know that hair care formulations (shampoo) are usually more complex than shower gel or body wash. This is because more conditioning is required for hair - to smooth hair cuticles, facilitate de-tangling and make combining easier. To achieve good shampoo performance, formulators use polymers, silicones, or oils, but those additives can compromise foam. Therefore, for both skin and hair care applications the ideal option is a mild surfactant with caring foam and conditioning after-feel —precisely such as GlucoTain.

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Katarzyna_Kita_Digital_150402
    Dr. Katarzyna Kita
    Global Application Development Manager
    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Hand_Charlotte_Stricane_01_Digital_150402
    Glucotain_Structure
    The structural formula of glucamide with its hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail, which enables the surfactant to mix water and oil.

    Would you like some sugar?

    DR. KATARZYNA KITA TELLS
    THE STORY BEHIND
    GLUCOSE-BASED SURFACTANTS

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Katarzyna_Kita_Digital_150402
    Dr. Katarzyna Kita
    Global Application Development Manager
    How did the idea for GlucoTain come up?
    Clariant is one of the leading companies in the production of surfactants. We design all our new products to best respond to the customer needs and taking into account our core values—we focus on performance, people and planet. The GlucoTain story started when our R&D department has used sugars as renewable raw materials to create non-ionic surfactants, which can be used in a variety of applications. In Personal Care, our goal was to deliver not only the expected cleaning performance, but also additional value for consumers, such as mildness and a sensory experience—all this while taking care of the ecological footprint. That was a considerable challenge, but we had very clear objectives, we maintained our focus, and we succeeded.

    What are the core advantages in comparison to conventional surfactants?
    Most surfactants currently present on the personal care market are based on sulfates or sulfonates and often contain polyethylene oxide (EO, or PEG). Sulfates are perceived as ‘aggressive’ to skin and hair, while EO may contain low amounts of toxic contaminations. GlucoTain is completely sulfate and EO-free. It is extremely mild to proteins and lipids, and furthermore an excellent solubilizer for oils and perfumes. This means that GlucoTain-containing formulations are easy to fragrance and do not require additional emulsifiers to incorporate beneficial ingredients.

    How challenging is it to create skin care additives from sugar?
    Experience matters, and our advantage here at Clariant is a team of excellent chemists. We were looking for alternatives to alkyl polyglycoside (APG), which is the most widely used sugar-based surfactant, but does not enable a broad product range. We developed glucamides, which combine the properties of APGs, like mild foam, but with additional benefits. First of all, they increase the formulation viscosity allowing for cost-optimization, and secondly, what sets glucamides apart are their conditioning properties, particularly relevant for skin care applications.

    GlucoTain is applicable for skin and hair care products. What kind of special requirements has a surfactant to fulfill both applications?
    First, it is important to know that hair care formulations (shampoo) are usually more complex than shower gel or body wash. This is because more conditioning is required for hair - to smooth hair cuticles, facilitate de-tangling and make combining easier. To achieve good shampoo performance, formulators use polymers, silicones, or oils, but those additives can compromise foam. Therefore, for both skin and hair care applications the ideal option is a mild surfactant with caring foam and conditioning after-feel —precisely such as GlucoTain.

    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Hand_Charlotte_Stricane_01_Digital_150402
    Glucotain_Structure
    The structural formula of glucamide with its hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail, which enables the surfactant to mix water and oil.

    Facts, figures and fluffiness:

    GlucoTain®’s statistic

    30$
    billion market

    volume and double-digit growth annually: The natural market in Personal Care is booming globally.

    Glucotain_taschenrechner
    30$
    billion market

    volume and double-digit growth annually: The natural market in Personal Care is booming globally.

    Glucotain_taschenrechner
    Glucotain_Statistics
    69%
    of global haircare shoppers

    find products that feel nice on skin, hair, etc., greatly influence their opinion of health and beauty products. 

    Glucotain_frauen
    4-6%
    growth for mild products

    in hair and skin care segments is projected by 2017.

    Glucotain_shampoo
    69%
    of global haircare shoppers

    find products that feel nice on skin, hair, etc., greatly influence their opinion of health and beauty products. 

    Glucotain_frauen
    4-6%
    growth for mild products

    in hair and skin care segments is projected by 2017.

    Glucotain_shampoo
    Glucotain_Statistics_2
    69%
    of global haircare shoppers

    find products that feel nice on skin, hair, etc., greatly influence their opinion of health and beauty products. 

    Glucotain_frauen
    Glucotain_Statistics_3
    30$
    billion market

    volume and double-digit growth annually: The natural market in Personal Care is booming globally.

    Glucotain_taschenrechner
    Glucotain_Statistics_4
    4-6%
    growth for mild products

    in hair and skin care segments is projected by 2017.

    Glucotain_shampoo
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    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Nicolas_Lasbistes_Digital_150402

    Nicolas Lasbistes
    Global Technical Marketing Manager

    »GlucoTain is one of our most exciting launches: it will revolutionize the way we think about mild surfactants. It not only offers a new sensory sensation for the users— it will also be able to help our customers to gain market edges across personal care.«

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    Glucotain_nicholas_structure1
    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Nicolas_Lasbistes_Digital_150402

    Nicolas Lasbistes
    Global Technical Marketing Manager

    »GlucoTain is one of our most exciting launches: it will revolutionize the way we think about mild surfactants. It not only offers a new sensory sensation for the users— it will also be able to help our customers to gain market edges across personal care.«

    Glucotain_nicholas_structure2
    Glucotain_nicholas_structure1
    DV_ICS_GlucoTain_Portrait_Nicolas_Lasbistes_Digital_150402

    Nicolas Lasbistes
    Global Technical Marketing Manager

    »GlucoTain is one of our most exciting launches: it will revolutionize the way we think about mild surfactants. It not only offers a new sensory sensation for the users— it will also be able to help our customers to gain market edges across personal care.«

    Glucotain_nicholas_structure2

    See what GlucoTain® does

    OR FEEL IT, IF YOU WANT

    Glucotain_Waabe1
    No other surfactant in the market provides manufacturers of skin and hair care products with such a broad range of sensorial benefits.
    Especially for products
    intended for daily use,
    the demand for less harsh 
    products has increased. 
    Glucotain_Waabe2
    Glucotain_Waabe3
    The surfactant used in GlucoTain is derived from sugar. This boosts its sustainability performance, as it is biodegradable, highly renewable, has no need for ecotox-labeling and predominantly uses non-tropical biomasses.
    GlucoTain comes in four innovative
    solutions that clean gently,
    provide improved thickening
    results and deliver stable foam. 
    Glucotain_Waabe4
    Glucotain_Waabe1
    No other surfactant in the market provides manufacturers of skin and hair care products with such a broad range of sensorial benefits.
    Especially for products intended
    for daily use, the demand for less
    harsh  products has increased
    Glucotain_Waabe2
    Glucotain_Waabe3
    The surfactant used in GlucoTain is
    derived from sugar. This boosts its
    sustainability performance, as it is
    biodegradable, highly renewable,
    has no need for ecotox-labeling
    and predominantly uses non-tropical
    biomasses.
    GlucoTain comes in four innovative solutions that clean gently, provide improved thickening results and deliver stable foam. 
    Glucotain_Waabe4
    • Feel the boost

      of Freshness

      GlucoTain Clear by Clariant Personal Care is the EO- and PEG-free hero for fresh and light solutions that impress with fluffy foam, big bubbles, easy rinse-off and a pleasant squeaky-clean skin feel. Suitable for all skin types and normal hair.

      GlucoTain Clear works best with: Refreshing, vitalizing showers and shampoos, 2in1 showers, man showers, hair products and hand washes for pump foamer applications.
      GlucoTain Clear (Capryloyl/Caproyl Methyl Glucamide)
      Origin Coconut/Palm (RSPO)
      Active concentration 50%
      Appearance, 25°C Liquid
      Melting point, °C 10
      Preservative -
      pH 8.0 – 9.5
      Shelf Life 24 months in original unopened packaging
      ECOTAIN® Vegetable origin, 94% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index), GMO-free, RSPO certified Palm Oil, No eco-tox labeling under GHS
    • Feel the sensation

      of Foam

      GlucoTain® Plus is our passionate lathering cleanser. With its light and abundant foam, it leaves the skin with a deep clean feel and makes hair cleansing truly enjoyable. .

      GlucoTain Plus works best with: Facial cleansers for oily skin, make up removers, deep cleansing shampoos for oily and greasy hair as well as anti-dandruff shampoos.
      GlucoTain Plus (Capryloyl/Caproyl Methyl Glucamide (and) Lauroyl/Myristoyl Methyl Glucamide)
      Origin Coconut/Palm (RSPO)
      Active concentration 50%
      Appearance, 25°C Liquid
      Melting point, °C 18
      Preservative -
      pH 8.5 – 9.5
      Shelf Life 24 months in original unopened packaging
      ECOTAIN® Vegetable origin, 94% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index), GMO-free, RSPO certified Palm Oil, No eco-tox labeling under GHS
    • Feel the freedom

      of Flexibility

      GlucoTain Flex is Clariants all-round talent for mildness in versatile solutions and supporting the development of sulfate-free and CAPB-free formulations. So it allows the formulation a wide range of product formats. With its medium creamy foam, it leaves a smooth, nourished afterfeel and provides excellent color protection. It is easy to rinse off and suits fine, damaged and colored hair and normal skin.

      GlucoTain Flex works best with: Volume, anti-ageing and color protecting shampoos, showers and baths, liquid hand soaps, shaving soaps, facial cleaners and syndets.
      GlucoTain Flex (Lauroyl/Myristoyl Methyl Glucamide)
      Origin Coconut/Palm (RSPO)
      Active concentration 35%
      Appearance, 25°C Paste
      Melting point, °C 32
      Preservative 0.8% Sorbic Acid
      pH 4.8 – 6.8
      Shelf Life 24 months in original unopened packaging
      ECOTAIN® Vegetable origin, 95% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index), GMO-free, RSPO certified Palm Oil, No eco-tox labeling under GHS
    • Feel the pleasure

      of Indulgence

      GlucoTain Care is the most caring in Clariants surfactants family. With its rich and creamy foam with small bubbles, it still remains easy to rinse off and leaves a gently conditioned and moisturized feel. Especially suitable for dry, demanding and sensitive hair and skin.

      GlucoTain Care works best with: Everyday, repair and baby shampoos, pampering facial cleansers, cream showers and bath, and caring liquid hand soaps.
      GlucoTain Care (Cocoyl Methyl Glucamide)
      Origin Coconut Oil
      Active concentration 40%
      Appearance, 25°C Paste
      Melting point, °C 32
      Preservative 0.6% Sorbic Acid
      pH 5.0 – 7.0
      Shelf Life 24 months in original unopened packaging
      ECOTAIN® Vegetable origin, 95% RCI (Renewable Carbon Index), GMO-free, RSPO certified Palm Oil, No eco-tox labeling under GHS

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