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Care Specialities

Not just clean, but better: Zschimmer & Schwarz offers tailor-made solutions for cleanliness, hygiene and care. Using these cosmetics, detergents and lubricants, medical and textile products as well as fire-extinguishing agents, paints and coatings gain their unique properties. With our focus on versatility, efficiency and environmental friendliness, we develop tailor-made specialities for our customers that make life easier everyday and everywhere. Whether in household, industry or personal care, Zschimmer & Schwarz surfactants make products safer, cleaner and more effective.

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Zschimmer & Schwarz
Care Specialities Division
Max-Schwarz-Strasse 3-5, 56112 Lahnstein | DE

T +49 2621 12-262
F +49 2621 12-568
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Personal Care

The "Personal Care" segment covers all areas of cosmetic application – from cleansing formulations for hands, body, face and hair, to care products and decorative cosmetics. Particularly sensitive areas such as baby and children's products, which have to meet special skin requirements, are also covered. Using innovative cosmetic raw materials, a wide range of product ideas and creative formulation concepts can be implemented. In addition to proven raw materials, new cleaning and care specialities are increasingly finding their way into cosmetic preparations (such as "ultra-mild" surfactants and emulsifiers to be processed in cold conditions).

Hand/Face Wash

Whether at work, at home, or for instance in the garden, our hands are repeatedly subjected to heavy (mechanical) stress. In addition, external environmental influences such as dry air, dirt, water and sunlight also affect our skin. Facial cleansing is therefore an essential part of the daily cleaning routine, as it optimally prepares the face for the additional care. Depending on the skin's condition and personal preferences, consumers can choose between classic cleansing gels, cleansing creams or cleansing bars.

  • Emollients:Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers are surface-active substances that are used to combine two originally immiscible or only partially miscible liquids like water and oil.

  • Solubilisers: Solubilisers are used to produce clear aqueous solutions of different oils like perfumes or essential oils of various origin.

  • Pearlescent agents: Pearlescent agents add an even, fine pearlescent sheen to cosmetic formulations.

  • Thickeners: Thickeners are used in nearly all common cosmetic formulations to achieve the desired viscosity of the final formulation.

  • Syndets: In contrast to soap, cleansing bars based on synthetic surfactants (syndets) can be adjusted to a slightly acidic or neutral pH value.

  • Soaps: Soaps are the sodium or potassium salts of various fatty acids. They are used as solid or semi-solid mixtures for cleaning the skin of the hands, face and body.

  • Wetting agents: Wetting agents reduce the time to moisten solid particles and surfaces completely.

  • Primary surfactants: Primary surfactants are the most important components in cleaning formulations.

Hair/Body Care

Healthy, well-groomed hair gives a vibrant look to others and improves the own well-being. Hair-washing is therefore an essential part of comprehensive body care, and frees the scalp and hair from dirt, excess sebum and residues of styling products. The shampoos used for this purpose are optimally adjusted to the needs of different hair qualities, hair conditions and individual care habits.

Not only for hair, but also for regular body care, there is a similar versatile product range available. Shower gels, shower creams, bubble baths and body lotions are not only used to clean and care for the body, but also to provide a pleasant body sensation.

  • Emollients: Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers are surface-active substances that are used to combine two originally immiscible or only partially miscible liquids like water and oil.

  • Solubilisers: Solubilisers are used to produce clear aqueous solutions of different oils like perfumes or essential oils of various origin.

  • Pearlescent agents: Pearlescent agents add an even, fine pearlescent sheen to cosmetic formulations.

  • Thickeners: Thickeners are used in nearly all common cosmetic formulations to achieve the desired viscosity of the final formulation.

  • Syndets: In contrast to soap, cleansing bars based on synthetic surfactants (syndets) can be adjusted to a slightly acidic or neutral pH value.

  • Soaps: Soaps are the sodium or potassium salts of various fatty acids. They are used as solid or semi-solid mixtures for cleaning the skin of the hands, face and body.

  • Primary surfactants: Primary surfactants are the most important components in cleaning formulations.

Baby/Children's cleaning products

Immediately after birth, the functionality of a baby's skin is not fully developed. Children's skin is also particularly sensitive. This is why protection and special care are absolutely favoured here. The selected raw materials have to be specially adapted to the needs of infants and children, and must be perfectly compatible with the skin and mucous membranes.

  • Emollients: Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Solubilisers: Solubilisers are used to produce clear aqueous solutions of different oils like perfumes or essential oils of various origin.

  • Thickeners: Thickeners are used in nearly all common cosmetic formulations to achieve the desired viscosity of the final formulation.

  • Primary surfactants: Primary surfactants are the most important components in cleaning formulations.

Shower/Bath oils

Relaxation for body and soul is becoming increasingly important in our fast-paced times. When the decision for a bath or shower oil was made, the focus is, apart from cleaning, additionally on skin care. Shower and bath oils create an unforgettable care and wellness experience with their special composition of powerful emulsifiers and high-quality oils.

  • Emollients: Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers are surface-active substances that are used to combine two originally immiscible or only partially miscible liquids like water and oil.

  • Solubilisers: Solubilisers are used to produce clear aqueous solutions of different oils like perfumes or essential oils of various origin.

  • Thickeners: Thickeners are used in nearly all common cosmetic formulations to achieve the desired viscosity of the final formulation.

  • Primary surfactants: Primary surfactants in shower and bath oils are nearly water-free to enable the formulator to create clear formulations.

Decorative cosmetics

Aesthetic aspects are the main driver for the use of decorative cosmetics. The motivation for the application is as manifold as the variety of different products. From underlining a nearly perfect beauty to cover skin impurities or even scars, the target is always to improve the personal look. Decorative cosmetics formulations therefore have to comply with high standards.

Aesthetic aspects play an important role in personal charisma and interpersonal relations, and skin impurities, scars or unevenness of the skin should therefore be as inconspicuous as possible and efficiently concealed. Consequently, decorative cosmetics have to meet high standards. The formulations are intended to notably emphasise the beauty, healthy appearance and qualities of the user.

  • Emollients: Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Wetting agents: Wetting agents support the fast and complete wetting of solid substances, such as pigments.

Creams and lotions

The skin is the body's largest body organ. It is exposed to innumerable harmful influences on a daily basis and therefore requires special protection. Consequently in addition to cleaning skin care should also part of an individual's daily routine. Emulsions play an important role in this context as they are the vehicle for the oils with special care effect. Emulsions may have very different viscosities. In liquid form they are called lotions, while (highly) viscous formulations are called creams. Numerous emulsifiers are available to develop sophisticated formulations containing oils or active ingredients.

  • Emollients: Emollients can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, they create a pleasant, smooth feel, by nourishing and relaxing the skin.

  • Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers are surface-active substances that are used to combine two originally immiscible or only partially miscible liquids like water and oil.

  • Emulsifier mixtures: Emulsifier mixtures are intelligent combinations of emulsifiers with special additives.

  • PEG-free emulsifiers: Especially for natural or nature-oriented cosmetics it is recommended to use PEG-free emulsifier systems.

  • Thickeners: Thickeners are used in nearly all common cosmetic formulations to achieve the desired viscosity of the final formulation.

Special applications

In addition to the traditional areas of application such as cleaning and care, in which mainly liquid formulations are used, cosmetic products are also used in sun-protection products and solid preparations – such as cleansing bars based on synthetic surfactants (syndets). Different UV filters with varying degrees of transparency are available for producing both high sun-protection products and light day-creams. Mild cleaning concepts in the form of cleansing bars represent additional creative product ideas.

  • Inorganic UV filters: Besides organic filters, inorganic UV filters are also used. These are used in a wide variety of formulations and concepts to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

  • Syndets: In contrast to soap, cleansing bars based on synthetic surfactants (syndets) can be adjusted to a slightly acidic or neutral pH value.

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Household, Industrial & Institutional

Surfactants are indispensable components in washing, cleaning and care products (WCC products) due to their surface-active properties. The products can be divided into different groups depending on the type of cleaning material and/or location: Surfactants are used, for example, for cleaning textiles and carpets, as well as crockery, sanitary ware and automobiles, and for industrial and surface cleaning. In addition, a distinction is also made between users of consumer products (usually household cleaners) and products for professional users (commercial cleaners and cleaners for industrial processes).

Surfactants are also used in special applications, for example as emulsifiers or defoamers.

Textile and Carpet cleaning

The cleaning requirements for carpets and textiles are as wide-ranging as carpets and textiles themselves. It makes a difference whether the cleaning in question is professional basic cleaning or for instance the removal of stains on carpets in the household segment. The effective cleaning of textiles also shows differences between professional and home application. Factors such as foaming capacity, cleaning power, sustainability and special finishes like antistatic properties vary depending on the application. Through the selection of the right surfactants the requirements will be optimally met.

  • Grease-dispersing agents:Non-ionic surfactants are the first choice for cleaning greasy (hydrophobic) soiling.
  • Cleaners:Cleaners are used to remove hydrophobic contaminants such as oils and greases, but also salt residues from carpets and textiles and keep them in solution.
  • Mild cleaners:Particularly in the case of natural or fine artificial fibres, it is important to pay attention to the material compatibility of the cleaner, so that no pilling or other damage occurs.
  • Hydrotropes:Hydrotropic surfactants are capable of liquefying highly-concentrated viscous detergents and clearing and/or stabilising turbid or two-phase formulations.
Dishwashing

The optimal cleaning of dishes of leftovers is a very special cleaning task, no matter whether it is done mechanically or manually. Dishes should sparkle and be hygienically clean in the shortest time possible, regardless of the type and stubbornness of the dirt. Surfactants are the main component of dishwashing detergents. They contribute significantly to the cleaning performance and fulfilment of all further requirements (foam, application temperature, viscosity etc.).

  • Hydrotropes:Hydrotropic surfactants are capable of liquefying highly-concentrated viscous detergents and clearing and/or stabilising turbid or two-phase formulations.
  • Mild cleaners:Manual dishwashing often leads to intensive skin contact with the cleaning solution.
  • Cleaners:Surfactants are the main component in dishwashing detergents. Low or high foaming products are used, depending on the application (mechanical or manual).
Sanitary cleaners

In contrast to most other cleaning agents, sanitary cleaners have an acidic pH value, regardless of whether they are designed for the end-user or industry. This is due to the fact that mainly chalky staining occurs in sanitary areas. The acids contained in sanitary cleaners dissolve the lime, while the surfactants used clean all other contaminations.

  • Grease-dispersing agents:Non-ionic surfactants are the first choice for cleaning greasy (hydrophobic) dirt such as lime soaps and organic residues.
  • Anti-corrosion cleaners:In sanitary areas there are numerous metallic materials, for example in the form of fittings and increasingly also as decorative elements.
  • Hydrotropes:Hydrotropic surfactants are capable of liquefying highly-concentrated viscous detergents and clearing and/or stabilising turbid or two-phase formulations.
  • Cleaners:In the sanitary area, organic soiling can occur (such as skin fats) in addition to lime.
Vehicle cleaning

Looking after and cleaning vehicles regardless of the motivation (traffic safety, value maintenance, aesthetics) is a high priority for most. A wide range of vehicles, including trucks, cars and motorcycles, all need to be washed regularly and maintained. Special applications such as the cleaning of construction and harvesting machines as well as of tractors also fall within the scope of vehicle cleaning. Special cleaning agents are used in both automatic and self-service washing areas. In addition, a large number of highly-effective cleaning agents are also offered for the professional cleaning of vehicles. A wide range of care products are available for both professionals and private users.

  • Grease-dispersing aids (oil and grease dissolving capacity):The effective removal of stubborn oily contamination, such as fuel and lubricant residues, can be precisely improved.
  • Hydrotropes:Hydrotropic surfactants increase the solubility of non-ionic surfactants in vehicle cleaners with a high builder and alkali content.
  • Wetting agents:The wetting of dirt and surfaces is the first step in the cleaning process.
  • Hydrophobing agents:After successful cleaning, the vehicle surface (car finish, glass, plastics, metals) is free of dirt but still wet, and air-drying results in staining.
  • Anti-corrosion cleaners:Certain contamination types, such as lime, rust and metal abrasion, can only be removed with acidic cleaners.
  • Care products:Care products for vehicles are both important and sensible when it comes to retaining both their value and attractive appearance.
  • Cleaners:Vehicle cleaners and auto shampoos are used for effective and coatings-friendly cleaning.
Industrial cleaning

The wide range of different industrial applications presents cleaning products with a large number of different tasks. The requirement profile changes with the operating conditions, which is why exceptions are often the rule. There are practically no general solutions, which is a real challenge for the development chemist. This is where Zschimmer & Schwarz products come in. Thanks to our broadly diversified range of special surfactants, we are able to find suitable problem-solvers for each individual case. Sound application advice and guideline formulations help the developer to formulate and apply successful products.

  • Cleaners: Based on the enormous variety of cleaning tasks in the industrial sector, there are very different requirements for surfactants.

  • Hydrotropes: Hydrotropes increase the solubility of non-ionic surfactants in cleaners for industrial applications, which often have a high builder and alkali content.

  • Wetting and dispersing aids: The wetting of surfaces by the detergent solution as a first step in the cleaning process and the subsequent dispersion of the removed dirt are the core aspects of effective industrial cleaning.

  • Anti-corrosion cleaners: Acidic cleaning agents are used to remove certain contamination such as lime and rust.

Surface cleaning

Surface-cleaning covers all types of hard surfaces such as floors, glass or wood surfaces and so on. These areas must be cleaned in home as well as in professional and industrial areas. The demands placed on the used cleaning agents are as varied as the surfaces themselves. Thanks to the wide selection of suitable surfactants, the diverse requirements for optimum cleaning and care can be met in a surface-friendly manner.

  • Grease-dispersing agents: Particularly when dealing with foodstuffs in the kitchen (at home or in a restaurant), highly fatty soiling occurs.

  • Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers play an important role not only in the emulsification of greasy soiling in cleaning solutions, but also when cleaning agents contain a high proportion of perfume oil or when a hydrophobic solvent is to be incorporated to strengthen the cleaning effect.

  • Cleaners: Surface cleaners have a wide range of tasks and therefore have very different compositions.

  • Mild cleaners: The manual cleaning of surfaces often leads to skin contact with the cleaning solution.

  • Hydrophobing agents: Hydrophobing agents ensure a water-repellent effect on the cleaned surface.

  • Anti-corrosion cleaners: Metallic surfaces can be damaged by acids. However, the use of acidic cleaners cannot always be avoided in special cases (e.g. for rust removers, descaling agents or cement-fog removers).

  • Wetting agents: The first step in every cleaning process is the wetting of the dirt and the surface to be cleaned by the cleaning solution.

  • Thickeners: Special surfactants are available for thickening the detergent formulations based on anionic surfactants (generally ether sulphates) to adjust the required viscosity.

  • Care products: Sensitive or heavily-used surfaces can be protected against environmental influences using care products.

  • Hydrotropes: Hydrotropes increase the solubility of non-ionic surfactants in cleaners containing builders and/or alkalis for cleaning reinforcement.

Special emulsions

Emulsions can be found everywhere in everyday life. Milk, butter, and mayonnaise as well as creams, lotions and care products are all examples that consumers are familiar with. On the other hand consumers don’t perceive the countless emulsions that are indispensable in technical processes – for example in wood coatings, mould release agents for concrete, cooling lubricants in metalworking processes and the asphalt we drive over every day. Suitable emulsifiers are required for the production of special emulsions, including surfactants that are able to emulsify various oils and fats in water.

  • Emulsifiers:Emulsifiers are used to stabilise oils, fats and waxes in the form of fine droplets in water (= to emulsify).
Other areas of application

Thanks to Zschimmer & Schwarz's wide range of surfactants, there are many other interesting areas of application in addition to the traditional detergent applications and emulsions. Defoamers and cold cleaners are just two examples of the versatile application possibilities.

  • Defoamers:In addition to applications in which foam is expressly desired (for example, for manual dishwashing detergents or fire-extinguishing foam), there are numerous processes that are severely disrupted by foam.
  • Cold cleaners:So-called cold cleaners are used to degrease machines or machine parts at low temperatures.