INOLEX establishes largest ingredient portfolio of USDA Certified Biobased Products available in Personal Care

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INOLEX has obtained USDA Biobased certification for 55 of its products in the USDA BioPreferred® Program, making it the largest portfolio of Personal Care ingredients to be offered under the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA BioPreferred Program defines biobased as those products derived, in whole or in significant part, from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials not derived from petroleum.

The USDA BioPreferred Program manages the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.

A USDA Certified Biobased Product is a product that has achieved third-party verification of biobased content and has earned USDA certification and approval to display the label.

INOLEX products were processed through the SEI Biobased Certification Program which includes testing for biobased content in accordance with an approved ASTM test method(D6866) at a certified ASTM laboratory.

Of the INOLEX products USDA Certified Biobased, more than half contain 100% certified biobased content and 90% contain 80–100% certified biobased content. This accomplishment is further evidence of INOLEX’s commitment to create leading, innovative technologies with an emphasis on plant-based and sustainable ingredients.

“Consumers are very interested in buying natural beauty products, but there is a lot of noise in our industry about what “natural” means. It’s an issue that our industry is working hard to resolve. At INOLEX, we define our products as “natural” when they contain 100% plant-based carbon and are made using green chemistry principles. Having a portfolio of natural certifications provides additional support to our definition of natural. We are excited to add the USDA BioPreferred Program to our portfolio of certifications as an important step in defining natural or biobased with scientific credibility,” said Rocco Burgo, Chief Scientist at INOLEX.

The company’s adoption of the USDA BioPreferred Program standards will help customers identify which ingredients best fit their formulation needs and facilitate obtaining USDA Biobased certification for their end consumer products.

INOLEX’s USDA Certified Biobased Products span numerous ingredient categories. They include:

  • The cationic conditioning agent EmulsenseTM HC, which contains 100% USDA certified biobased content
  • Alternatives to cyclomethicones LexFeel WOW and LexFeel WOW DT, which both contain 100% USDA certified biobased content
  • The readily biodegradable film former for sun care LexFilm Sun Natural, which contains 100% USDA certified biobased content
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid-based preservation alternative SpectrastatTM G2, which contains 100% USDA certified biobased content

These ingredients provide the performance and sensory benefits of synthetics, while providing a better sustainability profile compared to traditional materials. This certification enables INOLEX’s customers to bring certified biobased innovation to their consumers and meet the continuously growing global market demand for natural products.

INOLEX’s inclusion in the program supports the USDA BioPreferred Program’s mission to further reduce the Personal Care industry’s reliance on petroleum-based products.

It is a transparent example of the company’s commitment to promote high performance, safe, and natural ingredients, adding to its existing certification platform that includes Ecocert, COSMOS, and NSF/ANSI 305.

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