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The development of surfactants based on carbohydrates and oils is an exciting expression of the ‘green chemistry’ that led to new surfactant classes: namely, alkyl polyglucoside (APG).

It was first developed in 1893 by German Chemist Emil Fischer via a process that relied on the acid-catalyzed reaction of dextrose with fatty alcohols. Following a costly and time-consuming research and development process, Henkel successfully created an industrial production method for APG.

Alkyl polyglucoside is a mild, naturally derived non-ionic ‘Green’ surfactant in liquid form and is entirely biodegradable, safe for humans and the natural environment

Some Ingredient Highlights

  • Produced from natural, renewable resources
  • Non-ionic surfactant, compatible with all surfactant classes
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Very cost-effective
  • Extremely mild surfactant/emulsifier
  • Excellent emulsifying properties
  • Excellent skin compatibility
  • Outstanding foam behaviour with surfactants
  • Excellent cleaning performance

APG Applications in Industry?

The use cases for Alkyl polyglucoside are innumerable, with an estimated global market worth $1.1B and projected to increase over 8% during 2021 – 2031.

APG is typically used to enhance the formation of foams in detergents (surface cleaners, dishwashing and laundry detergents), but because it’s biodegradable and safe for sensitive skin, it has also found multiple applications in the personal care sector, including:

  • Bath Products
  • Cleansers & Wipes
  • Oral Care
  • Cosmetics

But its uses extend beyond these; 

  • APG can be used in fire equipment as a foaming agent, 
  • in the paper industry, it improves the softness of paper, 
  • As a fabric softener and dyeing auxiliaries in the textile industry, 
  • it can even be used as a gel, lubricant and wetting agent.
APG

The findings suggest a marked reduction in the skin irritation effect of cosmetics.

APG from Redox

Redox’s Alkyl polyglucoside is available in various packing sizes, including drum and IBC configurations, coming in a range of INCI classifications:

  • Caprylyl/ Capryl Glucoside
  • Caprylyl/ Capryl Glucoside
  • Lauryl Glucoside
  • Decyl Glucoside

With activity levels ranging from 50% to 70%.

Presently quotations from our manufacturing partners are valid for two days max due mainly to the fact that fatty alcohols are being diverted to make biodiesel. 

Biofuels have become more economically attractive due to recent skyrocketing crude oil prices, so it’s crucial you work with a supplier that can secure consistent quality; Redox is in an excellent position to fulfil and exceed your expectations. 

Contact one of our experts to discover how Redox can be an essential element of your sourcing strategy.

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