Betaine is naturally present in our skin and hair, where it has a moisturizing and protective effect. DuPont Industrial Biosciences is a leading supplier of natural betaine, also known as trimethylglycine, for personal care applications. Produced from sugar beet molasses, a renewable raw material, natural betaine is suitable for use in a wide range of formulations for skin, hair and oral care.
In skin care products, betaine’s natural, high purity qualities give a soft and smooth skin feel to anti-aging creams, lotions, aftershaves, wet wipes, baby and suncare products.
In haircare, betaine can increase water retention by 40%*. It is widely used in shampoos, conditioners, styling and sensitive scalp products.
Natural betaine in toothpastes, gels and mouthwashes can make the mouth, gums and tongue feel fresher, more moist, and reduces irritation**.
Natural betaine (trimethylglycine) is non-toxic with no added preservatives. It is stable and easy-to-use, and is highly soluble in water, ethanol, propylene glycol and glycerine. It can even improve the solubility of, for example, salicylic acid and allantoin.
*Water retention capability on the hair; ISPE s.r.l, 22/00/00, 15 May 2000
**Betaine in Oral Hygiene with Special Reference to Dry and Sensitive Mucosa; I. Rantanen, J. Tenovuo, K. Jutila, E. Söderling, SÖFW journal 11.2003. Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory effect of betaine in vivo; Dermscan 1996