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Evonik and Beiersdorf Partner to Prevent Deodorant Fabric Staining

Posted: May 29, 2013

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Textile research has found that cotton fibers are especially apt to attract and retain foreign substances. After every wash, the fabric will show more discoloration and become increasingly stiffer. “This persistent discoloring cannot be removed through washing,” says Jan Beringer, PhD, from the Hohenstein Institute. “The fabric will eventually look really unsightly.”

The researchers proceeded on the idea of finding an ingredient that would properly protect fabric and then integrating that ingredient into the formula for Nivea deodorants. “We came up with a veritable bouquet of possible ingredients and structures,” explains Evonik’s Susann Wiechers, PhD. “Our meticulous search paid off when we identified a particular compound as producing exactly the effect we were aiming for. This active ingredient acts as a protective coating for the textile, thus preventing any staining effects from getting through to the fabric in the first place.”

The researchers were also able to integrate this new agent, together with the other technology that prevents white residue on fabric, into stable, skin-friendly deodorant formulations for sticks, sprays, and roll-ons. The resulting product is Nivea Invisible for Black & White deodorant.