The global sodium cocoyl glutamate market was valued at around US$ 140 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of more than 4% from 2017 to 2025, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled ‘Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017–2025.’
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Rise in Demand for Personal Care Products Containing Mild Surfactants
The choice of surfactants in a formulation can significantly affect the performance of hair care products. Generally, the percentage share of a surfactant in a shampoo is around 30% of the total formulation. Over the past few years, consumer concern over the use of alkyl sulfates and alkyl ether sulfates in hair care products has increased significantly. Formulations containing hard surfactants such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) are found to be toxic. According to Cosmetic Science, detergent action of SLS leads to dryness and roughness. Furthermore, sulfate containing surfactants remove beneficial bacteria that are essential in maintaining a healthy scalp. Sulfate containing surfactants can cause chronic skin irritation, leading to hair thinning and noticeable hair loss. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association discourages prolonged usage of SLS, unless in extremely low concentrations. Furthermore, for infants, penetration of SLS into tissues may be dangerous due to the enhanced susceptibility of absorption. SLS causes a significant decline in hair growth cycle and prolongs the hair loss phase by a factor of eight. Therefore, personal care products need to contain mild surfactants. Mild surfactants such as sodium cocoyl glutamate help reduce skin damage and prevent premature hair loss. A sulfate-free hair conditioner is designed to get rid of the extra oil. However, it helps retain moisture in the scalp.
Higher Cost of Sulfate-free Personal Care Products Anticipated to Hinder Market
Personal care products that contain sulfate-free surfactants such as sodium cocoyl glutamate are expensive compared to products with sulfate containing surfactants. For example, sulfate-based shampoo can be thickened with inexpensive ingredients, while the same does not hold true for sulfate-free personal care products. Sulfate containing surfactants dominate the personal care market. Manufacturing cost of personal care products that contain sulfate-containing surfactants is less compared to that of personal care products made with sulfate-free surfactants. Most consumers are not aware of the difference between sulfate-containing and sulfate-free surfactants and their effects, and are inclined to purchase products containing surfactants due to their lower cost.
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Aqueous Solution of Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Anticipated to be Dominant Segment
Powder sodium cocoyl glutamate is a white solid powder with an active matter of more than 94%. However, the aqueous solution of sodium cocoyl glutamate is colorless clear liquid with an active matter of nearly 25% to 30%. The aqueous solution has a pH of 6.0 to 7.0; hence, it is especially used in personal care formulations. It works well at the skin pH and exhibits superior foaming power. Therefore, the aqueous solution segment has been accounting for the major share of the sodium cocoyl glutamate market since the last few years. This trend is likely to continue during the forecast period.