Biopolymers for rheology and sensory modification

Consumer demand for formulations using renewable ingredients has been steadily increasing in recent years, prompting more investigations into the use of biopolymers to replace existing ingredients with sustainable alternatives. IFF describes some features of two biopolymers that can effectively deliver rheology, sensory, and conditioning properties for various product formats

ABSTRACT

Rheology and sensory modification, as well as conditioning properties are important aspects of beauty and personal-care products that various synthetic and naturally sourced polymers can deliver. Consumer demand for formulations using renewable ingredients has been steadily increasing in recent years, prompting more investigations into the use of biopolymers, with the ultimate goal of replacing existing ingredients with sustainable alternatives while still providing products with appealing sensory characteristics and performance. The present article describes some features of two biopolymers that can effectively deliver rheology, sensory, and conditioning properties for various product formats.

Polymers are essential in formulating beauty and personal care products. They can contribute significantly to the texture and sensory properties of products, and impart unique and much sought-after benefits for both skin and hair.1 We can broadly divide polymers into two categories: synthetic and naturally sourced.

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