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BASF and Solazyme launch in Brazil the first microalgae-derived betaine surfactant

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and Solazyme, Inc., a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched in Brazil the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. The ingredient was already launched in the United States earlier this year.

Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine surfactant made from renewable microalgae oil. It is an alternative to amidopropyl betaine in products that require rich and gentle foam such as shampoos, liquid soaps, hand dishwashing liquids, and other applications.

Amidopropyl betaines are amphoteric surfactants increasingly used in cosmetic, toiletry and home care applications due to their vast benefits and are known to have: good detergency, good foam properties and foam stabilization, hard water compatibility, mildness to skin and hair, ability to reduce irritation of anionic systems, viscosity building, conditioning effect, stability at a broad range of pH, and excellent biodegradability.

Dehyton AO 45 is produced with Solazyme AlgaPūr Microalgae Oils. AlgaPūr Oils are produced with Solazyme’s state-of-the-art technology in a matter of days, using a highly controlled fermentation process to convert sugarcane into oils of the highest purity and performance. AlgaPūr Microalgae Oils are produced with low carbon, water and land use impact.

Consumer demand for sustainable and innovative surfactants has increased significantly, particularly in the home and personal care markets,” said Josef Koester, Director Marketing Home and Personal Care, Sustainability Care Chemicals, BASF North America. “Combining BASF’s chemistry expertise with Solazyme’s unique range of renewable microalgae oils allows us to deliver products that meet this demand.

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