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Surfachem, a 2M Group Company, is an international speciality chemical distributor, offering an extensive ingredient portfolio, technical expertise, and global capabilities.

Working in partnership with industry-leading manufacturers, including Stepan, Shell, Evonik, Lubrizol, Solvay, Givaudan, Jungbunzlauer, Surfachem acts as a synergistic link between suppliers and customers.

Everything we do is underpinned by our vision of ‘delivering chemistry for a better life’.

Surfachem distributes an extensive portfolio of speciality chemicals into a range of application areas. Our core markets are Personal Care and Cosmetics, Household, Institutional and Industrial care, and Pharmaceuticals.

We provide a flexible, customer orientated, approach. From established companies to start-ups and brands, no matter who you are or where you are based, we are here to help develop your next generation of products.

We deliver sustainable solutions to customers in over 90 countries, and have dedicated experts in Benelux, Brazil, France Germany, Nordics, Poland and the UK and Ireland. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to share our knowledge into new markets.

Personal Care & Cosmetics – Our Offering

Within Personal Care, Surfachem offers a range of speciality chemical ingredients for the Personal Care and Cosmetics sector.

Our primary Personal Care and Cosmetics sectors include colour cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, oral care, shower/bath (rinse off), skin care and sun care.

Our key ingredient functions:

Our Personal Care Product Concepts

We are more than just a distributor. In the Personal Care sector, our skilled team are proud to be industry experts in ingredient selection, formulation design and stability testing. We are constantly scanning the market to identify the latest trends.

In response to our findings, we create fully formulated product concepts at our technical laboratory facilities in Huddersfield (3M Buckley Innovation Centre), Germany and Brazil.

Our latest concepts

Here are some examples of our latest product concepts. To find out more about all our formulations, visit our formulation library.


Our Big Kid Little Kid concept explores how traditional stereotypes in parenting are changing, and from this, stems ‘Big Kid Little Kid, a range of fun and engaging formulations, designed for Dad’s to use with their young children.


According to Mintel, the global Afro Hair Care market is currently worth $2.42 billion. There is increasing potential for brands to formulate products that cater for different hair types. Surfachem’s ‘Your Fro’ concept identifies the variation in hair textures and characteristics, and from this, stems four innovative formulations.


Sustainability is one of Surfachem’s core values, as we understand the vital role it plays in the future of our business, the chemicals industry, and the world. The world around us is constantly evolving - with the emergence of natural standards and more sustainably conscious consumers both playing a part. As a response to these trends, Surfachem launched ‘For the Earth, From the Earth’, our solution to creating a more sustainable world through naturally derived ingredients and minimal packaging.


With consumers becoming more aware and demanding to know what ingredients are and how they are working, we have developed ‘Targeted Solutions’, a product concept which responds to the need for ingredient transparency.

About 2M Group

Surfachem joined the 2M Group of Companies in 2007. Maintaining a portfolio of material and life science companies, the 2M is committed to delivering chemistry-based solutions for a better life today and a better world tomorrow.

The 2M Group of Companies includes CE-02, Banner Chemicals, Ingretech, 2M Manufacturing, MP Storage & Blending, Packed Chlorine, SampleRite, Stowlin and Surfachem.

2M provides customers with market leading commercial and technical expertise. This includes its application laboratories, technical teams, blending, storage and sample management services.

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