Keys Soap introduces all-natural liquid soaps

Keys Soap introduces all-natural liquid soaps

FOCUS formulators in Asia. The all-new Promidium LTS liquid thickener system allows for the easy development of cleansers and other rinse-off products...

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FOCUS formulators in Asia. The all-new Promidium LTS liquid thickener system allows for the easy development of cleansers and other rinse-off products where lower levels of surfactant active are included. In moisturizers and other skin care products, Uniqema makes it possible for formulators to utilize exotic oils and other difficult-to-stabilize ingredients with the Arlatone LC technology, a new optimized system for providing liquid crystal emulsions. Press release from: Uniqema, Bangkok, Thailand. Website: http://www.uniqema.com (11 Mar 2005)

Voltas focuses on personal care business The Chemicals Division of Voltas (India) plans to aggressively pursue sales in the personal care industry, which is the major market for chemical products. Until now, the focus area for the company was soap and toothpaste. Product development from current and new principles to cater to this industry has begun. Voltas will contribute glycerine, cellulose derivatives and calcium carbonate powder to the oral care industry. These will be procured from Acidchem and Uniko in Malaysia, and Aqualon (USA). Hydroxyethyl cellulose, cationic guar gum derivatives and carboxy methyl cellulose, sourced from Aqualon, will cater to the hair care segment. Voltas has several products especially for the premium skin care formulations category: hydroxyethyl cellulose, stearic acids, myristic acid, isopropyl ester, lauric acid, soap noodles and wax. These are utilized in fairness, shaving, cold and moisturizing creams manufactured by cosmetic manufacturers. Voltas plans to source these products from Aqualon, Acidchem, Uniko and Esterchem (Malaysia), and Quality Minerals (Thailand). Chemical Weekly, 8 Mar 2005, 50 (29), 114

Keys Soap introduces all-natural liquid soaps Keys Soap has introduced a new line of all-natural therapeutic liquid bath and hand soaps that are chemicalfree. The soaps are designed for people with sensitive, allergic or affected skin and contain only pure 4

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ingredients with no man-made chemicals or fragrances. According to the company, the secret of Keys Soap is that they are thin liquid soaps. This enables them to penetrate the skin faster and rinse quickly and thoroughly while leaving herbs and essential oils, such as orange, sage, citrus and spearmint, that heal and moisturize the skin. Keys Soap is currently distributed online through the company’s website. Press release from: Keys Soap, USA. Website: http://www.Keys-Soap.com (29 Mar 2005)

Household products HLL battles P&G in laundry bar segment Hindustan Lever (HLL) of India intends to introduce Surf Excel detergent bar to compete against rival P&G’s Tide bar launch. Major brands in India’s detergent bar market include Rin, Nirma, Wheel, and Ghadi. HLL’s Rin Shakti and Rin Supreme represent a market share of 38%. The company’s bar is expected to have the same price as the Tide bar. HAPPI, Household & Personal Products Industry, Feb 2005, 42 (2 (Pt 1)), 24

Nefis Kosmetiks invests in development Nefis Kosmetiks (Kazan, Tatarstan republic, Russia) plans to invest €100 M in development up to 2007. Three projects would be realized. €25 M will go to modernize a line for liquid detergents production, with capacity increase from 250 M bottles/y to 500 M/y. €30 M is to be invested in a 210,000 tonnes/y synthetic detergents plant, for which production would be launched in Jan 2006. The third project is a €45 M plant to be constructed during 2006-2007 for seed-oil processing. The realization of the projects will allow a threefold increase in output compared to 2004.

spent on household chemicals in 2004 (up 2.8% on 2003), with textile detergents accounting for 58%. There has been a trend towards larger pack sizes, so that the actual number of packs has fallen but sales volume has increased. Per capita consumption of detergents is just 4.8 kg so there is scope for further growth in the coming years. There is little interest in concentrated detergents, compact detergents, liquid detergents or tablets. Traditional powder detergents account for 90% of demand. Growth has been mainly in the economy segment. Dishwashing detergents broke growth records in 2004, with sales up 6.6% in value and 9% in volume terms. Nachrichten fuer Aussenhandel, 24 Mar 2005, 68 (59), 4 (in German)

PATENTS Colgate-Palmolive earns soap composition patent Colgate-Palmolive Co has been awarded Patent No US 6,838,420 B2 for a translucent or transparent composition containing soap, water, at least one synthetic surfactant, a humectant, a lower-monohydric alcohol, a structurant and a gellant. HAPPI, Household & Personal Products Industry, Feb 2005, 42 (2 (Pt 1)), 32

Bathroom cleaner patented by Colgate Colgate-Palmolive has obtained Patent No 6,838,087 B1 for a bathroom cleaning composition with a chlorine bleach compound, a phosphate builder, an amine oxide surfactant, an alkali metal silicate, salt and water. HAPPI, Household & Personal Products Industry, Feb 2005, 42 (2 (Pt 1)), 32

Cognis patents hard surface cleaner

Kommersant, 26 Mar 2005, (53), 6 (in Russian)

Poland: opportunities for household chemicals Household chemicals have established themselves solidly with Polish consumers. Further growth is expected in 2005. Zloty 1.667 bn was

Cognis Corp has obtained Patent No US 6,821,937 B2 for a terpene-free hard surface cleaning composition having an anionic surfactant, a shortchain cosurfactant, a primary solvent and water. HAPPI, Household & Personal Products Industry, Feb 2005, 42 (2 (Pt 1)), 32

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