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Ingredients & formulation

Beraca to launch natural alternative to silicones

At in-cosmetics Global in Amsterdam (17-19 April 2018), Beraca will showcase a new butter sourced from the Brazilian biodiversity. This 100% natural ingredient comes from sustainable sources and provides a similar skin feel to that of silicones traditionally used in cosmetic formulations. In parallel, the company will also launch a new hair conditioning natural agent.

Brazilian ingredients supplier Beraca launches a natural alternative to...

Brazilian ingredients supplier Beraca launches a natural alternative to silicones in cosmetic formulations.

Recognized globally as a leading supplier of raw materials sourced from the Brazilian biodiversity Beraca will launch the Tucumã Butter, “a 100% natural, clean and efficient alternative to silicones in skin care formulations.

Non-hydrogenated

What sets this ingredient apart from others on the market is that it is non-hydrogenated (and therefore free of harmful compounds, according to Beraca) and highly stable. The Tucumã Butter is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and has a unique skin feel, providing good spreadability, light texture and a dry, non-oily feel.

The Tucumã Butter is in line with Beraca’s vision to develop active ingredients suitable for plant-based formulations and to replace chemical compounds with natural and sustainable solutions,” says Juliana Checon, P&D Manager at Beraca.

The efficacy of this active ingredient has been proven by independent laboratory tests.

Social and environmental commitment

In addition to the cosmetic benefits of the Tucumã Butter, Beraca also highlights the socio-environmental aspect of its manufacturing process. The collection of the tucumã fruit provides an extra source of income for more than 90 families and directly impacts the lives of approximately 600 people.

The sustainable sourcing of tucumã is part of Beraca’s Socio-Biodiversity Enhancement Program, created in 2000 to serve as a bridge between farming communities spread across Brazil and some of the world’s leading beauty brands. “This project enables Beraca to connect the Brazilian biodiversity to thousands of customers through a relationship of transparency, full traceability and innovation,” says Beraca’s Marketing Manager, Marianna Cyrillo.

New hair conditioning agent

At the next in-cosmetics tradeshow, Beraca will also launch Capilus PRO 22, a new hair conditioning agent developed in partnership with Clariant.

Capillus PRO 22 is a secondary surfactant designed to restructure the hair fibre, seal the hair cuticle and control hair volume. The ingredient smoothens the hair surface, reduces hair porosity and protects the hair against external aggressors as well as increasing hair shine in over 100%, according to laboratory tests.

The ingredient is obtained from the junction of a non-ionic surfactant (that carries a cationic charge in acid environment and whose pH is suitable for hair care formulations) and of the natural oil of pracaxi (whose main active component is the behenic acid, a natural hair conditioning agent).

Capillus PRO 22 is the first amido-amine created from the pracaxi oil to suit the market needs. It has a fully traceable production chain and fosters the social and economic development of the local communities involved in its production,” says Checon.

Vincent Gallon

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