Published: Apr, 2018

The global sodium cocoyl glutamate market was valued at around US$ 140 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of more than 4% from 2017 to 2025, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017–2025.’

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Rise in Demand for Personal Care Products Containing Mild Surfactants

The choice of surfactants in a formulation can significantly affect the performance of hair care products. Generally, the percentage share of a surfactant in a shampoo is around 30% of the total formulation. Over the past few years, consumer concern over the use of alkyl sulfates and alkyl ether sulfates in hair care products has increased significantly. Formulations containing hard surfactants such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) are found to be toxic. According to Cosmetic Science, detergent action of SLS leads to dryness and roughness. Furthermore, sulfate containing surfactants remove beneficial bacteria that are essential in maintaining a healthy scalp. Sulfate containing surfactants can cause chronic skin irritation, leading to hair thinning and noticeable hair loss. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association discourages prolonged usage of SLS, unless in extremely low concentrations. Furthermore, for infants, penetration of SLS into tissues may be dangerous due to the enhanced susceptibility of absorption. SLS causes a significant decline in hair growth cycle and prolongs the hair loss phase by a factor of eight. Therefore, personal care products need to contain mild surfactants. Mild surfactants such as sodium cocoyl glutamate help reduce skin damage and prevent premature hair loss. A sulfate-free hair conditioner is designed to get rid of the extra oil. However, it helps retain moisture in the scalp.

Higher Cost of Sulfate-free Personal Care Products Anticipated to Hinder Market

Personal care products that contain sulfate-free surfactants such as sodium cocoyl glutamate are expensive compared to products with sulfate containing surfactants. For example, sulfate-based shampoo can be thickened with inexpensive ingredients, while the same does not hold true for sulfate-free personal care products. Sulfate containing surfactants dominate the personal care market. Manufacturing cost of personal care products that contain sulfate-containing surfactants is less compared to that of personal care products made with sulfate-free surfactants. Most consumers are not aware of the difference between sulfate-containing and sulfate-free surfactants and their effects, and are inclined to purchase products containing surfactants due to their lower cost.

Aqueous Solution of Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Anticipated to be Dominant Segment

Powder sodium cocoyl glutamate is a white solid powder with an active matter of more than 94%. However, the aqueous solution of sodium cocoyl glutamate is colorless clear liquid with an active matter of nearly 25% to 30%. The aqueous solution has a pH of 6.0 to 7.0; hence, it is especially used in personal care formulations. It works well at the skin pH and exhibits superior foaming power. Therefore, the aqueous solution segment has been accounting for the major share of the sodium cocoyl glutamate market since the last few years. This trend is likely to continue during the forecast period.

North America and Europe among Major Consumers of Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

In terms of revenue and volume, North America held prominent share of more than 30% of the global sodium cocoyl glutamate market in 2017. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at a faster pace during the forecast period. Developing countries in Asia Pacific such as China, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia are undergoing major infrastructure and economic development. The personal care market in some countries in Asia such as South Korea and Japan holds significant share of the global personal care industry. Europe is a major producer of sodium cocoyl glutamate across the globe. Europe is also one of the key consumers of sodium cocoyl glutamate, since it is biodegradable and complies with the environmental regulations prevalent in the region. This is projected to offer significant opportunities for regional manufacturers.

Consolidated Market for Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate with Top Few Players Accounting for More than 50% Share

The global sodium cocoyl glutamate market is moderately consolidated, with the leading players accounting for more than 50% share. Prominent players operating in the sodium cocoyl glutamate market are BASF SE, Clariant International Ltd., Ajinomoto, Taiwan NJC Corporation, and Asahi Kasei Corporation. Majority of manufacturing facilities are located in Asia Pacific due to the easy and ample availability of raw materials. Furthermore, manufacturers based in China are selling sodium cocoyl glutamate at relatively lower prices. This is expected to result in stiff competition among the global mild surfactant manufacturers. Major manufacturers such as Clariant are engaged in constant technological and product innovation in order maintain their share in the global market. Clariant acquired a part of Vivimed Lab’s personal care portfolio in order to strengthen its portfolio of personal care products in 2016.

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Market, by Form

  • Powder SCG
  • Aqueous Solution

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Market, by Application

  • Hair Care
    • Shampoos
    • Conditioners
  • Skin Care
    • Facial Cleansers
    • Soaps & Shower Gels
    • Others
  • Others

Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate Market: Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa 

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