Lecithins and Phospholipids
All of Cargill’s lecithins and phospholipids are derived from natural sources; in particular, our lecithins are of carefully selected soy and egg origin. Our long-standing expertise in the extraction and purification of lecithins and phospholipids over a wide range of processes, technologies and industries allows us to develop specialized products optimized for our specific customers’ applications.
With state-of-the-art production facilities plants in Germany, the Netherlands and the USA, we are able to ensure a fast and flexible response to our customers' requirements around the world.
Cargill’s lecithins meet the specifications of USP/NF, when tested accordingly.
- Topcithin™ range – fluid lecithin
- Emulfluid™ fluid hydrolyzed lecithin
- Epikuron™ 135 fluid phosphatidyl choline-enriched lecithin
- Ovothin™ 120 egg yolk extract
- Epikuron™ 100 P deoiled lecithin
- Emultop™ deoiled hydrolyzed lecithin
- Epikuron™ 100 H hydrogenated lecithin
- Epikuron™ 200 SH hydrogenated phosphatidyl choline-enriched lecithin
- Epikuron™ 145 V / Epikuron™ 170 / Epikuron™ 200 / Ovothin™ 160 – deoiled phosphatidyl choline-enriched lecithin
Lecithins can be used in virtually all personal care product categories as they are highly versatile and have a number of different properties.
Skin care: creams and lotions. Lecithins and phospholipids fractions are well tolerated by the skin as either no or less emulsifiers are needed.
Hair care: shampoos and conditioners. Lecithins and phospholipids give a pleasant, non-greasy feel and a marvelous surface gloss.
Bath and body care: soaps. Lecithins and phospholipids reverse the drying effect of soap and the damaging effect of aggressive surfactants on the skin.
- Color cosmetics: Lecithins provide an even dispersion of pigments and delay fat re-crystallization in the formulations.
- Skin feel
- Refatting agent
- Film forming
- Wetting agent
- Adhesion improver
- Fat crystallization inhibitor
- Hair gloss
- Thickening agent
Phospholipids possess the fascinating capability to spontaneously form cell-like liposomes, used to encapsulate and help carry active ingredients directly to the skin cells.
Phospholipids are the active constituents of lecithins. The basic structure of phospholipids is shown below with the differentiation between polar and non-polar molecular regions, the classical structure of surface-active substances.
Phospholipids differ substantially in type of polar head group (see figure 2) as well as the length and saturation level of the fatty acid chains linked to the C1- and C2- positions.
A distinctive variety of products can be derived through careful control and modification of the phospholipidic pattern.