"Natural" substitute for Laureth-4

LabLab Member
Hi guys!

I recieved a question from a customer about a type of bath oil not so long ago. She wants to know if there's a natural substitute for an ingredient called "Dehydol® LS 4 DEO N" (BASF). INCI "Laureth-4"... 

Well, the "natural" thing is something that changes a lot, but I think that any alternative that follows the guidelines of Ecocert / Cosmos / Natrue it's okay for her (Laureth-4 is etoxilated so doesn't fit)... She wants the same effect of the oil becoming an "emulsion" when in contact with the skin during a shower.

I searched for some time but didn't find anything relevant. Does anyone have experience with a similar "natural" ingredient to let me know? 

Thank you in advance! :blush:

Comments

  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    Several polyglyceryl esters are used for that purpose (examples are PG-4 oleate and caprate or PG-3 stearate). They aren't 'natural' depending on definition but they can be made from 100% renewable feedstock e.g. glycerol and fatty acids and are usually allowed by the labels in question.
  • LabLab Member
    Pharma said:
    Several polyglyceryl esters are used for that purpose (examples are PG-4 oleate and caprate or PG-3 stearate). They aren't 'natural' depending on definition but they can be made from 100% renewable feedstock e.g. glycerol and fatty acids and are usually allowed by the labels in question.
    Thank you, Pharma! I'll suggest these ones to her and find out what she thinks about it.

    Sometimes it's a little complicated to reconcile all these natural concepts, each one wants something different (customers included)  :D
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    That’s because natural is not a consistent concept.
  • LabLab Member
    Perry said:
    That’s because natural is not a consistent concept.
    Exactly, Perry! And it seems the more we know, the less we know  :#
Sign In or Register to comment.