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Evonik’s RHEANCE® One Biosurfactant Enables Sustainable, High-Performing Personal Care Products

Jenny Heumann Godes

In response to growing consumer demand for sustainable, responsibly sourced personal care products, Evonik, a world leader in specialty chemicals, developed RHEANCE® One, a completely natural raw material for use in cosmetics and other personal care cleansing products. RHEANCE® One is a glycolipid-based platform of green biosurfactants designed for rinse-off applications.

Glycolipids are a type of biosurfactant derived from renewable feedstocks to provide effective multi-functional properties in gentle cleansing applications with pleasant sensation and environmental compatibility. They are 100 percent biodegradable, are mild to the skin, and create a strong foaming action.

RHEANCE® One glycolipids are produced via fermentation—with sugar as the sole source of carbohydrates. Production does not require the addition of any tropical oils, which gives the product the advantage of being both natural and sustainable.

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Because the ingredient is 100 percent biodegradable, it contributes to the reduction of waste in natural water and marine ecosystems, exhibits low toxicity to aquatic organisms, and has a low potential for bioaccumulation.

Evonik has been able to improve the carbon footprint of their manufacturing process, achieving a 42 percent reduction in glycolipid biosurfactants in 2021. Manufactured using an all-natural biotechnological process, RHEANCE® One is designed to allow formulators to create high-performance beauty and personal care products that adhere to sustainability standards.

RHEANCE® One has been recognized by Henkel Beauty Care for its commitment to leveraging innovative solutions to develop a more sustainable market. At Evonik, the development of advanced biomaterials that utilize more sustainable manufacturing and sourcing processes is a core driver for its innovation and growth. Evonik’s portfolio of naturally derived, high-performance green biosurfactants demonstrates the company’s dedication to its sustainability goals

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American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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