GlucoTain® GEM (INCI name: Sunfloweroyl Methylglucamide) is Clariant’s new-to-the-market innovative surfactant that responds to consumers’ demands for sustainable products that require less water and less packaging.

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GlucoTain® GEM’s amazing credentials enables brands to re-formulate liquid formations to make solid products that are not only kind on the skin but are kind on the planet too.


Green beauty trend

Consumers have become more and more conscious about the products they are using – choosing ones that are more sustainable, natural and better for the planet. Solid formations are therefore increasing in popularity as they require less packaging, reduce shipping weight and significantly reduce the amount of water used.

Clariant’s Global Head of Strategic Marketing and Innovation Hermann Bach states: “GlucoTain GEM is a robust yet precious innovation for advancing products in a more sustainable direction. It is literally pushing the bubble further on cleansing, opening up new possibilities for the industry to overcome usual difficulties in developing mild but concentrated or solid rinse-off formulations and still achieve conditioning, delightful sensory for skin and hair. This glucamide ticks important boxes on performance and environmental impact to ultimately support formulators and consumers in making responsible choices.”


Key benefits

GlucoTain® GEM comes in a pure concentrated format which not only creates a creamy foam, it’s also incredibly easy to dilute and rinse, leaving skin and hair feeling highly conditioned and moisturised. Its extra mild formation means that it’s sensitive on skin and is therefore recommended for conditioning/repair shampoos and baby shampoos.

It has key benefits for both consumers and formulators:

  • High RCI (renewable carbon index)
  • Can be used to create eco-label compliant formulations
  • Sulfate-free
  • Based on sugar syrup and sunflower oil (non-food competing) which are sourced in Europe
  • Extremely low water content
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Low carbon footprint
  • Miscible with all types of surfactants


Ask us about formulating with GlucoTain® GEM or request a sample

If you’d like to know more about formulating with GlucoTain® GEM or you’d like to request a sample, please fill in the contact form below and a member of our technical team will be in touch. Our technical team are experts when it comes to waterless formulation for cosmetic applications, and are able to help with queries relating to dry products, water soluble sachets, concentrated formulations for end point dilution and more.

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