Vertellus Introduces Freshstat™ for Personal Care Product Formulators
Vertellus Introduces Freshstat™ for Personal Care Product Formulators Safe, Effective, Biodegradable Preservative and Deodorizing Agent for Personal Care Products (February 22, 2016, Indianapolis, Ind., USA) — Vertellus, a global manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals, is introducing Freshstat™, a CPC-based (INCI: Cetylpyridinium Chloride) preservative and deodorizing agent that offers formulators proven efficacy at very low concentrations. Freshstat is an odorless, colorless liquid providing a high degree of formulation versatility to manufacturers of leave-on and rinse-off products due to its effectiveness across a broad pH range. Freshstat is proven effective against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungi in creams, lotions and body wash formulations. Safety testing has shown that CPC is negative for skin sensitization potential and irritation at formulation levels up to 0.5%, making CPC an ideal preservative and deodorizing agent in a variety of formulations at concentrations ranging from 0.02% to 0.15%. Freshstat does not contain parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde-releasing substances or triclosan, making it an appealing reformulating option for personal care product manufacturers concerned about the safety of traditional preservatives. “Ingredient safety and cost-effectiveness are at the forefront of formulators’ minds and the minds of consumers who purchase leave-on and rinse-off products,” said Anahita Lion, senior business development manager at Vertellus. Freshstat offers both. Because it is efficacious at very low levels, Freshstat allows personal care manufacturers to produce cost-effective formulations. Although a relative newcomer in rinse-off and leave-on formulations, CPC has been effectively used as an ingredient in oral health care products in the U.S., Europe and Japan for more than 40 years. It is approved as a cosmetics preservative by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) recently finalized a favorable safety opinion for CPC as a cosmetic and oral care preservative at prescribed levels. Beyond its efficacy and strong safety profile, CPC is biodegradable and does not persist in the environment. Its favorable environmental footprint has been documented in several commissioned environmental studies. Freshstat is manufactured by Vertellus’ Zeeland, Michigan (USA) facility under cGMP, Kosher and Halal conditions. Additional information on Freshstat will be available at stand F150 during the in-cosmetics show, April 12-14. About Vertellus: Vertellus is a global specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring “green” technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3, citrate polymer additives and systems as well as a leader in custom manufacturing of agriculture and pharma intermediates and actives. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has over 1,000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.