Ingredient sustainability - Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol

INCI: Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol

Raw material: Colza oil (canola oil); coconut oil and vegetable oils

CreamMaker Cat is a conditioning wax used primarily in hair care. It contains natural and synthetic ingredients with a positive charge, allowing it to adhere to negatively charged surfaces like hair and skin. The product comprises 75% cetearyl alcohol and 25% behentrimonium methosulfate derived from colza oil. CreamMaker Cat is made from renewable resources and is considered naturally derived. (1,2)

Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that can be extracted from different plant oils or animal fats (3,4,5), while behentrimonium methosulfate is a quaternary ammonium compound derived from colza oil. (6) This makes it a more sustainable option than ingredients sourced from non-renewable petroleum sources. (1,2)

However, it is essential to note that the sustainability of colza oil production depends on how it is produced and processed. (7,8) Some sources may use genetically modified crops, pesticides, fertilizers, or solvents that can harm the environment or human health. (9,10,11,12,13)

While the production process for CreamMaker Cat uses natural plant colza and cetearyl alcohol, it also involves several refining steps, including bleaching, deodorizing, and hydrogenation. Additionally, the purified cetearyl alcohol is blended with behentrimonium methosulfate to create the final product. (14) These processes may require energy, water, chemicals, and waste management, which can have environmental impacts. (15)

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