Croda launches biopolymers derived from superfoods for use in personal care products

Hydroastivum P and Crodasone P derived from the pea offer moisturisation benefits

Hydrosativum P is a moisture-retentive biopolymer with powerful moisturisation properties in hair and skin care formulations

Global speciality chemical company Croda has used its experience in proteins to develop two new biopolymers derived from 'superfoods'.

Hydroastivum P and Crodasone P are both derived from Pisum sativum (the pea), which is popular for its high protein content, assortment of phyto-nutrients and antioxidant properties.

In personal care applications, Pisum sativum provides a rich source of amino acids and Hydroastivum P and Crodasone P both contain high levels of glutamic acid, aspartic acid, argenine and lysine – all of which have vital properties for hair and skin care, the company says.

Hydrosativum P is a moisture-retentive biopolymer that exhibits powerful moisturisation properties in hair and skin care formulations, immersing the skin with moisture to improve firmness and elasticity and promote younger-looking skin. As well as these benefits, it also has anti-irritancy properties suitable for skin and scalp care.

Crodasone P is said to defend cuticles from heat and styling damage. Due to its complex polymeric structure, the product cross-links on drying to form a conditioning and protective network that benefits all types of hair care products.

The company says studies have shown that Crodasone P can reduce thermal cracking by 49% in an aqueous spritz and 38% in a conditioner system. The product is therefore suitable for leave-on styling products or conditioners, claiming heat defence, but it is also effective in rinse-off applications such as shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments to defend the cuticles from damage caused during styling.

Croda has developed a range of formulations containing superfoods to meet market needs: ‘Super Satin Cooling Lotion’ is a skin moisturiser that contains Hydrosativum P and blueberry extract; ‘Scoopable Hair Souffle’ is a nourishing hair mask with a novel texture that contains Crodasone P and Hydrosativum P as well as superfoods pomegranate, apple and blueberry; and ‘Blow-Dry Defender Spritz’ is a thermally activated heat defence spray with extracts of pea and goji berry. Finally, the ‘DD Hair Rescue Shield’ offers a range of benefits, including anti-breakage, anti-ageing, blow-dry defence, targeted repair, long-lasting conditioning, environmental protection, moisturisation, gloss, smoothing and detangling.