Bio-based raw materials for cosmetic formulations

Polymers to perfect your look: Beauty by Baycusan®

Pittsburgh, May 10, 2018 — Today’s consumers want sustainable cosmetics and manufacturers are answering the call by striving to limit their impact on the environment. Covestro LLC is helping manufacturers meet these demands by providing a myriad of top-notch raw material choices—from polyurethane dispersions to ethanol-based polymers—to meet changing consumer needs. The company’s Baycusan® product portfolio features bio-based raw materials and focuses on product end-of-life attributes, such as biodegradability.

At New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day 2018, May 15-16, in New York City, Covestro will present its Baycusan® portfolio in booth #1131, including the new Baycusan® eco line of polyurethane film formers created from renewable raw materials. The company will also highlight its sustainability initiatives and its approach for the cosmetic industry.

The Baycusan® eco line has a minimum of 50 percent of carbon content from plant biomass, fulfilling the definition of a derived natural ingredient, according to the ISO 16128-1 standard. The versatile line performs as effectively as conventional products and is suitable for hair care, skin and sun care and color cosmetics formulations.

At Suppliers’ Day, Covestro will also showcase other polymers utilized in advanced formulations for superior hair protection, repair and styling capabilities, including Baycusan® C 1010, which helps protect hair against humidity, heat and environmental factors. This material is used in waxes, lotions, creams, foams and other waterborne hairstyling formulations to provide a long-lasting hold with a natural feel.

Additionally, skin-friendly and anti-pollution formulations designed for youthful, healthy-looking skin will be featured at the company’s booth:

  • Baycusan® C 2000 enables new textures and product forms for transparent light gels and oils in sun care applications with a high level of sun protection and water resistance.
  • Baycusan® C 1004/1 provides extra protection against sand and water when used in sun protection formulations. At its booth, Covestro will showcase a face mask application with this ingredient.
  • Baycusan® C 1000 enables formulators to create high-performance sun protection formulations with a light feel that is appropriate for sensitive skin, and ocean friendly.

Covestro will also highlight film formers for low-odor waterborne nail polishes alongside other advanced materials solutions.

Attendees of Suppliers’ Day are invited to the Covestro booth (#1131) to speak with materials experts about these raw materials and other products in the Baycusan® film-former portfolio. Booth visitors can also experience a free hair or face makeover by a stylist, using products formulated with Baycusan® raw materials. Appointments can be made in advance by emailing Sarah Schade at Walk-up appointments are also welcome, depending on availability.

About Covestro LLC:

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.

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Covestro Contact:

Sarah Schade, Phone: +1 412 413 5843

Baycusan® is a registered trademark of Covestro AG.

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