released several new functional ingredients that are NOP-certified.
Earth Supplied Products has been
one of the companies driving the development in personal care. It recently launched several firsts in the
industry including three primary
emulsifiers, two preservative alternatives and an organic surfactant—all
NOP O-95 certified.
Emulsifiers are needed to bring
water and oil together in many types
of products, but until recently most
organic emulsifiers were either on the
low end (around 4) or the high end
(around 16) of the Hydrophile
Lipophile Balance (HLB) scale, leading to products that lacked body.
ESP’s new SafeEmuls line has HLB
ratings that are in the middle (around
8), which can help create the feeling
consumers have come to expect in
personal care products. SafeEmuls are
all primary emulsifiers and work well
with rice bran and soy lecithin as secondary emulsifiers.
In addition, ESP has created a SafeGuard line, which offers an organic
antimicrobial alternative to preservatives usually used in personal care
such as parabens, formaldehyde, quats
and others. By combining a blend of
hurdles, these products disrupt microbial homeostasis, preventing microorganisms from multiplying and causing
them to remain inactive or die.
Lastly, ESP has developed SafeSurf
organic surfactant, the first non-castile
material available to make NOP-certified cleansers. Typical castile formulations have pHs as high as 9 and can be
aggressive to both hair and skin. The
SafeSurf material can be used in formulations with a neutral ( 7.0) pH,
and creates a good foam as well.
OFFI, part of the Elan Group, has
also helped lead this effort. Their two
new personal care ingredients can be
used in food as well, but were especially needed in the organic personal
care industry. The first of these ingre-
dients is an NOP-certified organic glycerin, which is widely used in cosmetics but not available in organic until this year. OFFI’s newest product is organic ethyl palmate, a mixture of fatty acid and ethyl esters.
Organic ethyl palmate is oil-soluble and water-miscible and has a variety of applications in personal care and fragrance, as well as food. It
can be used in certain applications for personal care as a carrier, solvent, emulsifier, co-emulsifier, emollient, moisturizer and lubricant.
What new ingredients will hit the market next? Manufacturers like
you help determine the answer to that question. Let suppliers know
what ingredients you need to create the most authentic, quality organic experience for your consumers. As with any market, supply follows demand. New organic ingredients do not become commercially
available until companies believe demand has reached a threshold
that exceeds the cost of production, plus a premium that covers their
investment and business risk.
As the organic market continues to grow, support suppliers who are
taking a risk to develop new products. By doing this, you will fuel further innovation and help encourage others to bring exciting new
products to the organic processing industry. ;
Kat Schuett is the editorial director of Organic Processing Magazine. You can
reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.