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  • Sucrose in hair gel - bees and bugs

    Posted by James36 on June 6, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Hi all,

    I am not a chemist but, we are creating a hair gel with a manufacturer (organic segment). We are looking for a stronger hold gel, with a natural styling agent. used a gel with sucrose as second ingredient, and the hold was so very strong and good. So I asked our manufacturer to use this ingredient too. But they indicated that this attracts bees and pests. What are your thoughts on this? Perfume and other scents can also attract bees it seems to me? I’m very curious to hear your opinions! 🙂

    Microformulation replied 1 year ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • fareloz

    June 6, 2023 at 4:54 am

    Sucrose is the scientific name for table sugar. Table sugar attracts bees and bugs.

  • Sincityfire

    June 17, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Reminds me of Jessica Simpson’s line of edible toiletries. Sugar based products and got a little bit of controversy, also similar story about bees


  • mikethair

    June 17, 2023 at 5:18 am

    My approach would be to have your manufacturer produce a test batch and have a group of your customers try the product.

    Yes indeed, logic tells us that fragrance would attract bees, but it has never been an issue with products we have manufactured for 20+ years.

  • Microformulation

    June 17, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    I have utilized sucrose in hair fixatives. Other than the issues cited above, I would encourage you to look at the reviews for similar products. Clients experience horrible product sensorials when these products are rewetted due to precipitation or grooming. In the end, you can create a superior product with better, more stable, yet “naturally compliant” raw materials.

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