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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 Syensqo, 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 Syensqo to lead the progress in Sustainable Beauty."

Eric Leroy, Global Marketing Director, Personal Care at Syensqo


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.
  • Syensqo One Planet engagement positively impacts the personal care market with greener energy consumption on our sites.


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 Syensqo’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 nameINCI nameRegion of manufacturingFunction
Rhodapon® CAS 100 N MB*Sodium Coco SulfateAsiaAnionics Surfactant
Fentacare® BTMS 25 EF MBBehenyl Trimonium MethosulfateAsia, USAConditioning agents
Mirataine® 50ULB MB*Cocamidopropyl BetaineEuropeAmphotheric Surfactants
Mirataine® DAB ULS MBLauromidopropyl BetaineEuropeAmphotheric Surfactants
Rhodameen® O2 V LD MBPEG-2 OleamineEuropeCationic Surfactant
Alkamuls® PEG-16 CO*PEG 18 Castor Oil DioleateEuropeSolubilizer
Mirataine® BB/FLA MB*Coco BetaineEurope, Asia, Latin AmericaAmphotheric Surfactants
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl LaurateEuropeEmollients
Miranol® C2M Conc NP MB*Disodium CocoamphodiacetateEurope, USAAmphotheric Surfactants
Miranol® Ultra L32 MB*Sodium LauroamphoacetateUSAAmphotheric Surfactants
Mirataine® CBS MB*Cocamidopropyl HydroxysultaineUSAAmphotheric Surfactants
Miracare® 2MHT MBDisodiumUSAAnionic Surfactant
Geropon® EL P MBDisodium Laureth SulfosuccinateUSAAnionics
Rhodasurf® L7/90 MBLaureth 7USANon-ionic Surfactant

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameFunctionApplicationsChallenge solved
Jaguar® C 162*Hydroxypropyl Guar
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Conditioning PolymerShampoo, ConditionerNon-ecotoxic contrary to majority of Cationic Polymers
Jaguar® HP 105*Hydroxypropyl GuarConditioning
And Thickening Polymer
Enables Cationic Surfactant Reduction
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl LaurateEmollientShampoo
Silicone Alternative

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameAltenative to/ Free fromFunctionality
Polycare® Rice C*Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice ProteinAlternative to animal protein (keratin protein)Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Optima*Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium ChloridePolyquaternium-10Conditioning Agent
Jaguar® Excel*Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium ChloridePolyquaternium-10Conditioning Agent
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl LaurateNon-volatile silicone alternative (amodimethicone & dimethicone)Emollients
Miracare® OPR 2*Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glycol distearate, Sodium benzoateStyrene/Acrylates copolymerOpacifiers
Miracare® SOFT S 525 MB*BlendSulfated ChassisSurfactants

*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.


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 nameINCI nameFunctionNew concept
Mirataine® OMG MB*Cetyl betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl GuarEmulsifierPrewash Concentrate
Miracare® SLB 365 W*Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamide MEAPerformance ConcentrateBB cream

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameFunctionForm
Rhodapon® CAS 100/N MB*Sodium Coco SulfateSurfactantNeedles
Rhodapon® LS92 RNB*Sodium Lauryl SulfateSurfactantNeedles
Jaguar® C 162*Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium ChlorideConditioning AgentPowder
Jaguar® Excel*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ChlorideConditioning AgentPowder
Jaguar® Optima*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ChlorideConditioning AgentPowder
Geropon® T 77 PC MB*Sodium Methyl Oleoyl TaurateAnionicsPowder
Geropon® LO 100Lauryl SulfosuccinateSurfactantPowder
Aerosol® OT 100*Diethylhexyl Sodium SulfosuccinateEmulsifierPowder & wax
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl laurateEmollientsLiquid

*REACH compliant

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 Syensqo'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 nameINCI nameISO Ino (16128-2)Functionality
Jaguar® S*Guar Gum1.0Rheological Agents
Rheozan® SH*Succinoglycan1.0Rheological Agents
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Ssoamyl Laurate1.0Emollients/
Conditioning Agents
Rhodapon® CAS 100/N MB*Sodium Coco Sulfate1.0Anionics
Rhodapex® ESB 70 NAT MB*Sodium Laureth Sulfate1.0Anionics
Rhodapon® LX 28 HASodium Lauryl Sulfate1.0Anionics
Rhodapon® LS-92 RNB*Sodium Lauryl Sulfate1.0Anionics
Jaguar® C500 STD*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride0.9< Ino <1Conditioning Agents
Jaguar® C 14S*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Chloride0.9< Ino <1Conditioning Agents
Polycare® Rice C*Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein0.9< Ino <1Conditioning Agents
Miracare® OPR 2*Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Benzoate0.9< Ino <1Opacifiers
Mirasheen® Star KBlend0.9< Ino <1Pearlizers and

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameFunctionChallenge solved
Miracare® OPR 2*Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium BenzoateNaturally DerivedReplacement of synthetic acrylate-based latex opacifiers
Rheozan® SH*SuccinoglycanNaturally DerivedReplace 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.


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, Syensqo’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 nameINCI nameFunction
Jaguar® HP 8 COS SGI*Hydroxypropyl GuarThickening Agent
Polycare® Split Therapy*Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium ChlorideActive Ingredient

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameFunction
Jaguar® C14 S*Guar Hydroxypropyl trimonium ChlorideConditioning Agent
Jaguar® C17*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ThlorideConditioning Agent
Jaguar® C500 STD*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ChlorideConditioning Agent
Jaguar® Excel*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ChlorideConditioning Agent
Jaguar® Optima*Guar Hydroxypropyl Trimonium ChlorideConditioning Agent
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl LaurateEmollient
Rhodapon® CAS-100N MB*Sodium Coco-SulfateEmulsifying / Surfactant
Miranol® Ultra C 32*Sodium CocoamphoacetateEmulsifying / Surfactant
Miranol® Ultra L 32*Sodium LauroamphoacetateEmulsifying / Surfactant
Mirataine® 50 ULB MB*
Cocamidopropyl BetaineSurfactant
Mirataine® CB 35 ULS HP MB*Coco BetaineSurfactant
Miranol® C2M CONC NP MB*Disodium CocoamphodiacetateSurfactant
Mirataine® BB/FLA MB*Coco BetaineSurfactant
Mirataine® Bet C-30 NP*Cocamidopropyl BetaineSurfactant
Rhodapon® LS-92 RNB*Sodium Lauryl SulfateSurfactant
Rheozan® SH*SuccinoglycanViscosity Modifier

*REACH compliant

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 nameINCI nameFunction
Dermalcare® LIA MB*Isoamyl LaurateEmollient
Rheozan® SH*SuccinoglycanRheological Agent
Alkamuls® PEG 16 CO*PEG-18 castor oil dioleateSolubilizer
Jaguar® S*Guar GumThickener

*REACH compliant

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.

Syensqo 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 Syensqo representative to receive a personalized answer to your specific questions.

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 namePlantSurfactant type
Miranol® C2M CONC NP BangpooDisodium Cocoamphoacetate
Miranol® HMDBangpooSodium Lauroamphoacetate
Miranol® Ultra L 32*BangpooSodium Lauroamphoacetate
Mirataine® BET C 30 NPBangpooCocamidopropyl Betaine
Mirataine® CABB CPBangpooCocamidopropyl Betaine
Alkamuls® PSML 20 PC*JurongPolysorbate 20
Rhodapon® CAS 100/N MB*ROHASodium Coco Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 28 RBROHASodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 70 NAT MB*ROHASodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapex® ESB 70 RBROHASodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate
Rhodapon® ALS 25 RBROHAAmmonium Lauryl Sulphate
Rhodapon® LS92 RNBROHASodium C12-14 Lauryl Sulphate
Rhodapon® LS 94 RPBROHASodium C12-18 Lauryl Sulphate

*REACH compliant