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Improving Feel, Naturally, with Corn

By: Corn Products International, Inc.
Posted: March 9, 2010

In the past decade, the demand for natural products has grown at a staggering rate. To answer this demand, brand owners must provide consumers with products that meet demand for natural claims without sacrificing sensorial (feel) attributes. Fortunately, both these goals can be accomplished with the inclusion of natural polymers from corn starch.

The FARMAL® line of natural polymers, hydrolyzed natural polymers and modified natural polymers from Corn Products International, allows sensorial benefits to be maintained without sacrificing natural claims.

FARMAL CS 3757 is an unmodified (native) starch extracted from the corn kernel using proprietary corn wet milling technology. It is a versatile ingredient capable of acting as a bulking agent, moisture absorber and as an actives carrier suitable for a variety of personal care applications—naturally.

A Natural, Effective and Low-cost Ingredient Substitution

Natural polymers derived from corn starch provide a balance between performance and care for the environment. Starch is a natural, biodegradable, sustainable, and non-irritating carrier for actives in many formulations. Additionally, corn starch has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory benefits, soothing itchy skin, and calming both rashes and burns.

FARMAL CS 3757 allows brand owners to make a natural product claim and provide sensorial benefits in their products at a lower cost than could be achieve with modified starches. This makes FARMAL CS 3757 an ideal replacement in body/baby dusting and topical powders, cream powder, lotions, skin, and hair masks, loose and compact make-up and bath salts. It may also replace talc, mica, and fumed silica in powder cosmetic products.

In fact, FARMAL CS 3757 is a good choice to replace talc because it offers improved oil and moisture absorbency when compared to talc in skin lotion formulations. And because of its botanical nature, it is safe for topical use in baby powder products. In addition, since starch “rolls” as it moves over the skin, there is a perceivably better skin smoothness when using FARMAL CS 3757 as opposed to talc.

It’s Natural; With Improved Feel

Sensory screening tests indicate that FARMAL CS 3757 provides a natural unique powdery-dry, smooth skin after feel, helps to control immediate and residual shine and oiliness, and reduces perceivable tackiness/stickiness--benefits that will set your brand apart.

To learn how FARMAL CS 3757 or any of the other FARMAL ingredients can benefit your formulations, visit www.cornproductsus.com or call 1-800-443-2746.

Corn Products International, Inc., one of the world's leading providers of refined, agriculturally based ingredients, has developed a portfolio of personal care ingredients called FARMAL®. The FARMAL® line of high-quality, renewable and sustainable vegetable-based ingredients helps formulators create products with distinct characteristics for hair care, skin care and more—with a natural touch.

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