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Sovereign Street
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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Since the birth of Surfachem in 1981, we have grown to become a leading UK-based speciality chemical distributor, spanning across a variety of sectors.  

A lot has changed over the years – but one thing that hasn’t is our reputation for exceptional technical knowledge, market expertise and innovation, all of which are underpinned by our vision of delivering chemistry for a better life. 

In 2007, we became part of the 2M Holdings Ltd Group. Working within 2M, our strategy continues to focus on developing and maintaining long standing relationships with both our chemical manufacturers and customers. 

Personal Care & Cosmetics 

At Surfachem, we offer an extensive range of ingredients across the Personal Care& Cosmetics sector.  

Maintaining relationships with leading manufacturers including: Evonik, Lubrizol, Stepan, and Givaudan, we pride ourselves in a flexible, customer-orientated approach, acting as a synergistic link between our suppliers and our customers. 

Our primary personal care and cosmetics sectors include hair care, skin care, oral care, bath and shower care, sun care and decorative cosmetics. Within these sectors, here’s a selection of some of our key ingredient functions. 

  • Active Ingredients (Skin care & Hair care) 

  • Colours, Dyes & Pigments 

  • Emulsifiers 

  • Emollients 

  • Exfoliants  

  • Film Formers & Fixatives 

  • Fragrances 

  • Oils & Waxes 

  • Preservatives 

  • Rheology Modifiers  

  • Surfactants (Natural, Nonionic, Anionic, Amphoteric & Cationic) 

Our Personal Care Product Concepts  

At Surfachem, we don’t just deliver chemicals – we like to roll up our sleeves and get involved with creating our own product concepts too! 

In the personal care sector, we are industry experts in ingredient selection, formulation design and stability testing. 

We’ve achieved this through constantly scanning the market to identify up-and-coming trends. In response to our findings, we create product concepts at our development labs in Huddersfield (3M Buckley Innovation Centre), Germany and Brazil. Here’s some of our recent work! 





In light of the shift towards gender neutrality, we created a personal care concept kit to be  used by all that reflects acceptance, unity and equality. 

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According to Mintel, Afro hair care is worth $2.42 billion. We jumped on this trend by creating a formulation range to support the unique needs of afro hair.  

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Specifically formulated for SCS Formulate last year, our Super Food concept focussed around beauty personalisation, identified as one of the top global trends for 2018. 

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As a ‘Laura Marshall Memorial Award for Innovation’ finalist (2017), our after-shaveformulation emerged from the fact that 66% of men ‘manscape’ and 47% of women remove all intimate hair.

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At Surfachem we love to work with brands, and to support their growth. We have a great track record of helping brands, both established and start-ups, to develop their next generation of products.  

Distribution Network 

We’ve stuck to our Yorkshire roots, maintaining our head office in Leeds City Centre.  

In addition to this, we also have strategically positioned locations in, Germany, Benelux, Poland, Nordics and Brazil.   

As a leading UK-based speciality chemical distributor, we export all over the world –boasting customers in 65 countries supported by an experienced in-house shipping team and a network of agents. 

In 2019 2M Holdings were award the prestigious ‘Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade’ in recognition of the groups export expertise and growth. 

As a thriving team, there’s no stopping us. We’re always on the lookout for opportunities to grow further and spread our presence into new, developing markets. 


Email: [email protected] 
Instagram: @Surfachem 
Twitter: @Surfachem 




Abrasives Esters Pain Relief
Acne/Blackhead Removal Exfoliants Petroleum Jelly
Actives Exotic Butters Pigments/colours
Anti-Ageing Eyes Powder
Antibacterials Facial Preservatives
Anti-Cellulite Facial Cleansing Rheology Modifiers
Anti-Dandruff Facial Moisturising Shampoo
Baby Care Products Fillers Shaving Products
Body Cleansing Foundation Silicones
Botanicals Fragrance Skin Care
Butters Fragrances Soaps/Syndets
Chelating Agents Hair colour intermediates Specialty Chemicals
Cleaning and Sanitation Hair Styling Sun Care Products
Cleaning Detergents Hand/Foot Care Sunscreens
Cleansing Bars Humectants Surfactants
Conditioning Lip Care Tanning Agents
Deodorant/AP Liquid Paraffin Texturing Agent
Ecological Cleaning Mouthwash Thickeners
Emollients Nails Toothpaste
Emulsifiers Naturals Vitamins
Essential Oils Oils Waxes

Upcoming Events

SCSS 10th Suppliers Day - Singapore

Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore. 238865
30 August 2019

QC Micro Summit 2019

Charleston, SC
24-26 September 2019

California SCC - Suppliers' Day 2019

Long Beach Convention Center
2 - 3 October 2019

Cosmetorium 2019

Palau de Congressos de Barcelona Hall 5, Fira de Barcelona Recinto de Montjuïc Av. Reina Maria Cristina s/n 08004 Barcelona Spain
23rd and 24th October 2019

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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
23 - 24 October 2019

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