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When one thinks of functional ingredients for personal care formulations, some of the first ingredients that come to mind are starches, gums, celluloses and clays. Maltodextrins are not usually on top of that list. However, maltodextrins have several uses in personal care applications that many formulators may not even realize.

Grain Processing Corporation manufactures corn-based maltodextrins under the trade names MALTRIN® and MALTRIN QD® maltodextrins. Made from nature’s abundance, corn, these products are available in a variety of Dextrose Equivalence (DE) values and particle sizes for various applications.

MALTRIN® maltodextrins contribute many functional and aesthetic properties to personal care products. They are low in viscosity and have excellent film-forming and humectant properties. These characteristics make MALTRIN® maltodextrins a great addition to body washes, liquid hand soaps and shaving creams or gels where they assist with foam stabilization and add body to the formula. Due to their mildness, MALTRIN® maltodextrins are also beneficial for baby products, facial masks and facial washes where ingredient irritation is of great concern. Lower DE maltodextrin is also a good choice for lotions and creams to build body for a richer feeling formula and to increase play time on the skin. The humectancy and film-forming properties of maltodextrins can also be advantageous in shampoos and other hair care products.

MALTRIN QD® products, available in a range of DE values, are agglomerated so they disperse quickly in water. This type of particle gives them an advantage in dispersing bath products. MALTRIN QD® maltodextrins can be used as carriers for oils and as bulking agents in bath sachets and salts. They are also excellent binders and will increase hardness and lower friability in compressed products such as shower or bath tablets and bath bombs.

If you would like to learn more about MALTRIN® or MALTRIN QD® maltodextrins in personal care formulations, visit our booth #924 at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Supplier’s Day or the personal care section of our website.

MALTRIN® and MALTRIN QD® are registered trademarks of Grain Processing Corporation.