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Personal Care
+ Cosmetics

Helping You Look and Feel Better

Necessities for Everyone

The personal care industry consists of a wide range of products dedicated to health and beauty, including hair, skin and nail care, sunscreen, cosmetics, toothpaste and perfume. These products are everyday necessities in most societies and they are consumed by all age groups, from young children to the elderly. As populations increase around the world, so does demand for personal care products. What’s more, such demand tends to be relatively steady even in down economies. The global market for personal care products is estimated to be around $426 billion in 2011 according to Euromonitor and growth rates are quite healthy for the foreseeable future.

KGI serves most segments of the personal care industry with a particular focus on hair and skin care. Our chemicals division offer a wide range of surfactants and blends for making soaps, body washes and shampoos and we provide the technical support to help customers optimize their formulations from the standpoint of cost, appearance and performance. We also offer many oleochemicals, mineral oils and specialty additives, as well as colorants and fragrances to help make your products stand out in the marketplace. And, if you are seeking to eliminate certain chemicals from your formulations, such as sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals or cocamide diethanolamine, our GreenLab team can assist you with suitable replacements. Conversely, our packaging division offers many solutions for the industry, including dispensing caps, lotion pumps and fine mist sprayers, not to mention containers and jars in both plastic and glass. Our GreenLab can also help make your packaging more environmentally sustainable, including with containers made from recycled content.

Below is a partial list of finished products for which we offer both chemical and packaging solutions:

  • Baby Care
  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Soap + Sanitizer
  • Hair Styling
  • Pet Care
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Skin Care
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste

If you manufacture any of these items, or some other personal care product not listed above, please contact us today learn about how our chemical and packaging solutions can add value for your operation.


Learn more about our offerings for your Industry, by selecting any of the following materials

Personal Care + Cosmetics Brochure

Personal Care + Cosmetics Ingredients

Castor Oil USP

Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth 20 (Blend)

Cetearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60 (Blend)

Cocoa Butter USP

Deet 99%

Glyceryl Stearate and PEG-100 Stearate (Blend)

Glycolic Acid 70%

Hydrogen Peroxide 35%

Hydrogen Peroxide 50%

Lanolin Anhydrous USP

Lanolin Oil

Methyl Gluceth-20 (Glucam E-20)


   See Oleochemicals Page


   Amber      Snow White USP      White Cosmetic      Yellow

Polyethylene Glycols

PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether (Glucam P-20)


Propylene Glycol USP



   See Surfactants Page

Sodium Bromate



   Candelilla Wax      Carnauba Wax      Emulsifying Wax      Synthetic Bees Wax

White Mineral Oils

   White Mineral Oil 50      White Mineral Oil 70      White Mineral Oil 90      White Mineral Oil 130      White Mineral Oil 350 USP

Zinc Oxide

California’s Prop 65 Identifies Cocamide Diethanolamine as a Carcinogen

KGI Offers Multiple Replacements

In June 2012, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) to the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer in humans. If a personal care product containing a Prop 65 chemical is sold in California, the product label must contain a Toxicity Warning to be in compliance with California. In August 2013, the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit, sued over 100 personal care product companies for failing to warn the public that their products contained a known carcinogen. In response to the lawsuit, many of these companies have already settled and pledged to eliminate cocamide DEA from their formulations. Since California historically has been a bellwether state, we believe that similar national regulations concerning cocamide DEA are in the pipeline.

Cocamide DEA is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil that has long been used as a foaming agent or viscosity builder in many personal care products like shampoos and hand soaps. KGI offers several cocamide DEA replacements that will perform these same functions as good, if not better, than cocamide DEA. If you are looking to eliminate cocamide DEA from your formulations, please contact our GreenLab for more information for suitable replacement products.
Press release announcing lawsuit filed by Center for Environmental Health
See the INFO / EDUCATION content on this page to learn more.

Info / Education

Learn and prepare your products for the future.

California’s Proposition 65

Requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.
Prop 65 Background
List of Prop 65 Chemicals
Lawsuit Announced

U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program

EPA Safer Choice Formerly "Design for Environment"
General Info / The Blog
The Safer Choice Label
Safer Choice Standard + Criteria
Resources for Product Manufacturers
Safer Chemical Ingredient List
Safer Choice Product Listing

FTC Guides

The Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (the “Green Guides”)


Additional Items of note.


The definitive marketplace for safer ingredients.

Consumer Safety Product Association (CSPA)

Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

May 2012 Alternatives Assessment for Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI)

Read more EPA.gov


Implementation Guide for Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables

Building Greener Chemicals

Watch this Science Nation video, a great introduction to surfactant chemistry and the possibilities of new bio-surfactants that are made from renewable resources

Packaging Portfolio

Start here to see which container method is best for you.
Let's Go

Chemicals + Raw Materials

See an overview of all popular ingredients listed by category.
Let's See