Personal Care

Over decades, Stepan has built on the latest science and evolving environmental priorities to deliver a global portfolio of mild and safe ingredients. Stepan Personal Care offers a variety of sulfate and sulfate-free surfactant options and specialty ingredients, including exceptionally-mild amphoteric surfactants and natural emollients. Today's personal care market is ever-changing as consumers demand better and more unique personal care experiences. Stepan's high-quality ingredients and flexible technologies can help with your formulating needs. 


 
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    Envision FLEXIBILITY

    Stepan's patented Structured Liquid Technology provides a flexible surfactant-based system that is able to suspend a variety of ingredients - oil droplets, jojoba beads, pharmaceutical actives, even sugar! - to achieve high-performing formulas without the need for polymers or salts. Stepan's Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash, recently named a finalist in the Innovation Award Category for the 2018 CEW Beauty Awards, suspends activated charcoal, which helps to clarify skin while the naturally-derived surfactant base gently cleanses for a smooth skin after-feel. For even more hydration, Stepan's Moisturizing Face and Body Wash suspends 10% natural oils for a creamy texture that turns into a milky foam that softens the skin. 

    Envision COLOR

    Stepan is a global leader in providing sulfate-free ingredients for the personal care market. Sulfate-free products help to reduce color loss on dyed hair, even with repeated shampooing, for example, with Stepan's Naturally-Derived, Color Care Sulfate-Free Shampoo. For those looking for environmentally-conscious sulfate-free ingredients, Stepan's ALPHA-STEP® PC-48 (Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate and Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate) and LATHANOL® LAL Products (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate) are each over 85% bio-based, readily biodegradable, and contain no synthetic preservatives.

    Envision MILDNESS

    Amphoteric surfactants are known for being mild to the skin and hair. A special class of amphoterics — amphoacetates and amphopropionates — are exceptionally mild, making them great for applications where mildness matters: baby products, gentle cleansers for sensitive skin, or soothing and calming formulations. All of Stepan's Specialty Amphoteric surfactants (AMPHOSOL® 1C, AMPHOSOL® 2C, AMPHOSOL® 2CSF-AF) are biodegradable, naturally-derived from plant sources and impart conditioning and softening effects to hair and skin. 

    Sulfate-free ingredients such as STEPAN-MILD® LSB (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate and Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate) are generally milder to the hair and skin than traditional sulfates, which means that fresh hair color can last longer and skin may feel softer. Use Stepan's Water-Based Moisturizing Sugar Scrub to help gently exfoliate away dirt from your body and Stepan's Self-Foaming Face Mask to leave your face feeling refreshed and clean.

    Stepan's high-quality, diverse line of mild cleansers and naturally-derived sensory enhancers are the go-to tools for the creative minds that develop the products of tomorrow.

    See all Stepan products for personal care.