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Soap nut saponins create powerful natural surfactant

Karin Stoffels – Kaden Biochemicals (subsidiary of Symrise), Germany Surfactants are of widespread importance in the detergent industry as well as in the cosmetic industry. Additionally they are used for lubrication, catalysis, and in drug delivery.

Common synthetic surfactants can have negative effects such as skin irritation. The trend towards natural ingredients is growing and a vegetable-derived surfactant is becoming increasingly desirable and required by many “green” formulators. Natural surfactants from soap nut shell fulfil all the relevant requirements on surfactants and provide many additional benefits.

The soap nut tree, Sapindus mukorossi, is one of the most important plants in the tropical and subtropical areas in Asia. Native to South India, it grows wild in warm temperate to tropical regions. Belonging to the family Sapindaceae, the genus Sapindus includes between 5 to 12 species. The soap nut tree, also known as Soapberry, has been used traditionally in India to wash clothes and hair. The Indian names for soap nut are Ritha, Doadni, Doda or Dodan. In China and Japan it has been used as a remedy for centuries. In Japan the pericap is called enmei-hi, which means “life prolonging pericar

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