Chemical giant BASF and Solazyme, a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications.
Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine surfactant made from renewable microalgae oil. The new algal betaine is a high-performance alternative to amidopropyl betaine in products that require rich and gentle foam such as shampoos, liquid soaps, hand dishwashing liquids, and other applications.
Amidopropyl betaines are amphoteric surfactants increasingly used in cosmetic, toiletry and home care applications due to their vast benefits and are known to have: good detergency, good foam properties and foam stabilization, hard water compatibility, mildness to skin and hair, ability to reduce irritation of anionic systems, viscosity building, conditioning effect, stability at a broad range of pH, and excellent biodegradability.
Dehyton AO 45 is produced with Solazyme AlgaPur Microalgae Oils. AlgaPur Oils are produced with Solazyme’s technology in a matter of days, using a highly controlled fermentation process to convert sugarcane into oils of the highest purity and performance. AlgaPur Microalgae Oils are produced with low carbon, water and land use impact, the company says.