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 June 11, 2020

Featured Personal Care Ingredient: GreenGard™ Natural Chelating Agents

During the production process, metal ions can enter a formulation as impurities via equipment or through process water. These ions can lead to oxidation reactions, causing discoloration and impairing the foaming properties of surfactants. GreenGard™ PA3, GreenGard™PA12 and GreenGard™ PA are natural chelating agents that guard against oxidation, and inactivate metal ions by forming a biodegradable complex between a metal ion and the chelator.

EDTA Replacements

EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) is a common chelating agent that can be found in many beauty products. This ingredient prevents other ingredients from binding with trace elements (such as minerals) that can be present in water. It is used to help prevent deterioration, increase effectiveness, and improve the stability of a product. However, EDTA is not very biodegradable and can act as a pollutant by mobilizing toxic heavy metals from sediments found in our waterways.

As consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety and biodegradability of the ingredients in their products, formulators are choosing clean, more environmentally-friendly options such as GreenGard™ PA3, GreenGard™PA12 and GreenGard™ PA.

How to Use GreenGard™

GreenGard™ PA3

  • EDTA replacement derived from rice
  • INCI: Sodium Phytate, Water, Alcohol
  • Colorless to brown liquid (at 20 °C)
  • 100% natural
  • Forms a biodegradable complex with metal ions
  • Protects other ingredients from oxidation such as unsaturated oils
  • Suitable for O/W-emulsions and rinse-off clean beauty products
  • Compliant with standards for natural cosmetics
  • Can be added to the water phase during any step in the formulation process

GreenGard™ PA12

  • EDTA replacement derived from non-gmo corn
  • INCI: Sodium Phytate
  • Convenient powder form, alcohol-free
  • Naturally derived
  • Forms a biodegradable complex with metal ions
  • Suitable for many cosmetics formulations
  • Helps prevent precipitation of insoluble salts of fatty acids in soaps
  • Can be added to the water phase during any step in the formulation process

GreenGard™ PA

  • EDTA replacement derived from rice
  • INCI: Phytic Acid, Water
  • Brown to colorless liquid
  • 100% natural
  • Forms a biodegradable complex with metal ions
  • Suitable for O/W-emulsions and rinse-off clean beauty products
  • Compliant with standards for natural cosmetics
  • Can be added to the water phase during any step in the formulation process

About Green Line & Kinetik

The supplier of GreenGard™, Green Line, is dedicated to supplying superior quality ingredients — developed by formulators for formulators — to meet the ongoing performance and marketing needs of natural customers. They offer innovative active ingredients, high-performance emulsifiers, natural antioxidants and multifunctional ingredients along with a fully customizable botanical extracts platform. Headquartered in New Jersey, they work with clients and suppliers worldwide.

Kinetik is Green Line’s exclusive distributor in the US. As a leading provider of clean, natural, multi-functional ingredients — for skin care, hair care, makeup and bath & body products — Kinetik offers trusted support to help you create the best, most innovative formulas. For a complete list of our ingredients please visit us at www.kinetiktech.com.