The Influence of Vintage Beauty Trends on the Personal Care Industry

October 20

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Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

October 14

5min read

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The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

September 14

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The Challenges for Bakery Industry in Shifting to Plant-Based Products

August 24

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Ideas Insight & News

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

July 8

8min read

Ideas Insight & News

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

June 2

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Ideas Insight & News

Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

April 26

5min read

Ideas Insight & News

Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

March 28

5min read

Ideas Insight & News

New Year, Better Skin Routine

January 5

5min read

Ideas Insight & News

Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

December 9

10min read

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The Influence of Vintage Beauty Trends on the Personal Care Industry

What society knows as skincare regimes today did not just materialize out of nowhere. The emergence of skincare goes far back to ancient times, with less-modern products than we have now.

It is believed that in the 1800s, the skincare routine was held in high regard, and hygiene products became more accessible and less expensive. At the time, manufacturers began to use harsh cleansers and food ingredients to treat blemishes and bleach skin. These ingredients include egg yolks, honey, oatmeal, and also lemon. There were also the launch of several popular brands during this time.

Starting in the 1910s, women above 25 spent a lot of time a day caring for their skin to have toned skin and prevent wrinkles. In the 1930s, most women already used a number of different products as a part of their skincare routine. In the 1950s, women started doing double-cleanse. Coming to the 1960s, more people began to put their concerns on sun protection. Starting from the 1980s, anti-aging and mud mask products were first introduced. In the 2000s, Personal Care Manufacturers started using hyaluronic acid in moisturizers and anti-oxidant in skincare products.

Even more recent beauty trends like Skin Minimalism that promotes natural-looking skin has also been popular in the 1920s where cosmetic companies used “youthful look” in their pitch.

Vintage Skincare Ingredients on Modern Personal Care Products

The popular ingredients of skincare we are seeing in the market now has been used during ancient times. It is likely that The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used honey for its anti-microbacterial properties and the anti-inflammatory apple cider vinegar as part of her skincare regime. She also used sour milk, a vintage skincare ingredient still popular today, to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. 

Until now, milk and its nutritions, such as AHA and lactic acid are still booming in the skincare market. Products like body lotion, face cleanser, face wash, moisturizer used milk as its key ingredients. The wide use of milk in skincare is due to its calming effect on the skin and its ability to prevent dryness.

The Personal Care Industry goes through many rising trends like seasons. This becomes more the reason for manufacturers to create formulations that can go a long way. Not only for the sustainability of the business, but also for the earth. Click here to find your solution.

Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

For so long, consumers are led to believe that using more skincare products will eventually result in flawless-looking skin. The popular 12-step skincare routine puts the belief into the spotlight along with the phrase ‘beauty is pain’.

The last few years, a new trend is gradually replacing the arduous, time-consuming popular skincare routine. The ‘less is more’ approach is now applicable to the beauty industry with Skin Minimalism or Skinimalism.

As the name indicates, Skin Minimalism refers to cutting down the use of products and creating a tailored skincare routine. It embraces the art of going back to the essentials instead of layering products that risks sensitizing skin, breakouts, or inflammation in the long run.

There is also a branch of Skin Minimalism that consumers are putting into consideration, which is microdosing. It is the application of low concentration, common active ingredients such as chemical exfoliants and retinol. 

How Skin Minimalism Promotes Sustainability in Beauty Industry

By applying Skin Minimalism, consumers are not only saving cost, but also saving the environment. Globally, the Personal Care and Beauty Industry produces more than 120 billion packagings every year. This concept can cut back the usage of many multi-layered boxes, cellophane, and complex lids that are unrecyclable and will end up in the oceans and landfills.

Moreover, the packaging is not the only thing that is becoming a concern. Using beauty products that contain microplastics can end up in the water and potentially harm animals and plants. Therefore, stripping back the number of unnecessary products used every day means less product consumption and less waste.

According to Bahtera’s beauty experts, there are five basic concepts of skin care that are important to bear in mind: Basic, which is applicable to every skin type and involves hydrating, moisturizing, calming, and maintaining the skin barrier. Repair, where there is a need to improve and heal skin conditions that suffer from problems such as acne, eczema, and sensitive skin. Intensify, giving intensive care to maintain young and healthy skin. Recharge, elevating skin condition to brighter, healthier, and younger skin. Lastly, Boost, which includes adding highly concentrated actives to the existing skincare.

Knowing what consumers want and need without compromising sustainability are things that should become a priority for Beauty Manufacturers. Get more insights from our beauty experts regarding Skin Minimalism and other beauty trends in the industry on Indonesia Cosmetic Ingredients (ICI) 2022, which will be held on 25-27 October 2022 at Jakarta International Expo. The expo will feature 26 presentation sessions and 374 booths from Indonesia and all over the world. 

The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

Many industries have been using APEO or alkylphenol ethoxylates as surfactants in their products for more than 50 years. It includes textiles, pulp and paper manufacturing, household, paint and coating manufacturing, and many more. APEOs are versatile and cost-effective due to their wide variety of applications.

However, several studies in the last two decades pointed to the harmful impacts APEO posed to wildlife, water, and human. With the majority of usage in aqueous solutions, APEOs are discharged into industrial wastewater and water sewage. Therefore, humans are exposed to the risk of contaminated waters and food, ingestion of pesticide sprays, and absorption through the skin from sanitary products.

In regard to these studies, a few regions have created regulations to limit the use of APEOs in industrial products. Some major regions even completely eliminated them from the emulsion raw material bases, including coating resins and latex dispersing agents. These regulations urge manufacturers to develop formulations to substitute APEOs as surfactants.

Coating and Construction Industry’s Response to the APEO-free Regulations

As a manufacturer, complying with the regulations is just as important as protecting consumers. Especially with the increased demand for green-label products, which in the Coating and Constructions Industry means that the products do not contain APEO, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, and are low in VOC.

It is a big challenge for manufacturers to substitute APEOs, as surfactants played an important part in binding two elements in a uniform mixture. This is especially true in producing a can of latex paint, which is near impossible without the existence of surfactants. Hence, it is necessary to replace APEOs with formulations that can give the same result.

Using non-ionic wetting and dispersing agent like DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 can be an alternative to using APEOs. The excellent pigment-wetting properties of DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 improve gloss and color intensity for aqueous pigment pastes. It is also perfect for water-based alkyds, polyester resins, and aqueous polyurethane emulsions.

It is important for manufacturers to comply with the regulations and protect consumers from harmful chemicals. Even though there are no regulations yet on the use of APEOs as surfactants in Indonesia, many manufacturers are shifting into producing APEO-free products. 

Click here to find your Coating and Constructions product solutions with Bahtera.

The Challenges for Bakery Industry in Shifting to Plant-Based Products

The constantly growing demand for plant-based diets shaped the Food and Beverages Industry, Bakery Industry included. Switching to plant-based ingredients gives the industry the toughest challenges to their formulations. This is because eggs and dairy are two ingredients that provide flavor, texture, mouthfeel, and shelf life to bakery products.

Playing with the Formula to Achieve the Desired Plant-Based Bakery Products

There are a lot of things that could go wrong with plant-based bakery products, two of the most common are crumbly and dry texture. It is due to the absence of fat from egg whites and yolks, which plays a role as the emulsifier that hold the batter together as well as giving stability to the mixture.

Altering the formulations can help to create the desired products. Instead of using dairy products, opt for non-dairy such as soy or almond milk to replace dairy milk. Coconut milk is also a viable option in lieu for heavy cream.

However, replacing eggs is an entirely different challenge altogether. Using emulsifier like Spongolit® can help to maintain the high quality of your baked goods. With Spongolit®, there is no need to hurry the baking process because of its very stable and consistent batter. It can help bakery businesses achieve appetizing baked goods volume, crumb structure, and superior mouthfeel. Not only that, you can also get extensive shelf life with cost and time saving perks. 

Rather than focusing on the missing ingredients on the plant-based products you provide, start offering the benefits of switching to plant-based ingredients by giving consumers the best quality bakery products.

Click here to find your plant-based solution with Bahtera.

 

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

Whatever you need to support sustainable manufacturing, Bahtera might be able to support you.

Click here to find your solution.

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

Healthier options do not always have to mess up the end-product of your menu. Click here to find your solution.

Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

The shift in culture and lifestyle has turned cafés and coffee shops not only a luxurious place to get food and beverages. Nowadays, it has also become a place for people to gather, hang out, and even work as the work from home policy is still implemented in lots of workplaces following the office occupation limitation due to the pandemic.

The seemingly never-ending innovations in menu variety and customization allow people to enjoy their coffee and other beverages in different ways. Some might like it black without any additions, but others like it blended with a dash of whipping cream. A consumer report showed that there is a 5% increment in whipping cream menu penetration from 2018 to 2019.

Tackling the Complexity of Making Whipped Cream

Whipped cream offers a texture treat that complements different components of beverages and desserts. It enhances flavor, visual appeal, and transforms the most basic menu into a delightful treat.

However, making the perfect whipped cream cannot be rushed. Not enough whipping may result in a runny texture and over-whipping can turn your whipping cream into butter. Setting times aside to give proper attention when making is the key. Bahtera understands that it can be a pain point for café owners to do so.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to shorten the whipping time to achieve the  superior foam firmness, stability, and a creamy sensation with an exquisite taste and mouthfeel. With Lamequick®, café owners can reduce preparation time by more than 70% and cut half of your ingredient costs.

Moreover, Lamequick® also offers a solution for you who are seeking to explore vegan-friendly product options through Lamequick® VE 28. A premium whipping agent based on soy protein and Lamequick® CNP which is based on pea protein.

Exploring your own unique menus that help your business stand out can be simplified. Click here to find your solution.

Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

Texture

Every business wants to provide the highest quality product to customers. When it comes to baked goods however, quality is not always easy to define. So what exactly do customers look for in baked goods? 

While taste remains the most influencing factor, other aspects come into play in buying decision for baked goods. One of such aspects is texture. According to a study, 70% of customers judge the quality of baked goods based on texture. Customer preference on the softness seems to vary depending on the type of baked goods. Looking at this, it’s important for bakeries or artisan bakers to find a formula to maintain consistent texture for their baked goods. 

One way to do this is by using performance-enhancing ingredients. Our bakery experts break down the two must-have ingredients for the best texture. 

Emulsifier

For cakes, volume plays a big part in the final texture. Emulsifier helps enhance aeration, which provides structure and volume to the final product. There are many different emulsifiers with various added values. Some emulsifiers contribute to improving crumb structure and cake softness in addition to volume. 

Since each customer has his or her own preference when it comes to cake structure, it is important to figure out which emulsifier is right for the texture you want. BASF’s Spongolit®, for example, comes in different variations for different results. Some types provide more airy structure others provide denser structure. 

Emulsifiers also provide the added benefit of decreased mixing time. With the right emulsifier, you will achieve great aeration within a short time. However, emulsifiers also improve mixing tolerance and shock tolerance for stronger structure and crumb texture. 

Whipping Base

In addition to aeration, whipping base also provides creaminess to your formula. A good whipping base can provide excellent whippability for better stability and firmness. 

Much like emulsifiers, different whipping bases also provide different textures. BASF’s Lamequick® CE 7279, for example, provides excellent re-whippability. As such, it is a great whipping base for whipping cream and cake filling cream. For ice cream or mousse, however, Lamequick® CE 7273 is the better choice for its excellent shape retention.  

When you embark on your bakery journey, it is important to have all the help you can get. These performance-enhancing ingredients make it much easier to maintain consistency in your product quality; and consistency is pretty much the be-all and end-all when it comes to baked goods.

New Year, Better Skin Routine

Anyone who has ever shopped for skincare knows that buying skincare is a complicated business. There are thousands of different products out there promising various miraculous effects—all for a glowing skin. It doesn’t help that each year seems to bring with it new trends, new products, and new brands.

Worry not. It really is not as complicated as it seems. We have broken down the skincare trends for 2022 for you. 

What are people looking for in 2022?

To put it simply, everything boils down to minimalism, personalization, and sustainability. We’re sure you have heard the word Skinminimalism bandied about in the last few years. Gone are the days of multi-step skincare routine that takes hours before bed. People are toning down their skincare routine. Everyone is looking for a more simple and quicker skincare regimen. 

Personalization is also a big trend in 2022.

Customized skincare based on quizzes and consultation will continue to gain popularity. Also on the rise are personalized products that address specific skin problems. 

Clean beauty is another keyword for 2022.

Rising awareness on sustainability has changed customer expectations and demands across many industries. The beauty industry is no exception. Customers want their skincare products to be safe for them, the community, and the environment. In general, people expect Clean Beauty to be chemical free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and palm oil free. 

What does it mean for your skincare routine? 

As people are looking to simplify their beauty regimens and focus on efficacy, active ingredients will once again steal the spotlight. Active ingredients are the key to addressing our specific skin problems, such as niacinamide for acne and dry skin or retinol for aging.  

These active ingredients have been the belles of the skincare ball in the last few years, mainly through the use of serums. These tiny bottles of liquid carry potent active ingredients that work wonders for your skin. In recent years, boosters have emerged as the new hero. Boasting higher active ingredient concentration, boosters are considered more effective in addressing specific skincare issues. 

What active ingredients should I look for in my skincare product?

It depends. Each active ingredient offers different benefits, so look for active ingredients that suit your skincare needs. But in addition to the usual line-up of moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, skin barrier protection will be a big thing in 2022. As the skinminimalism and clean beauty trends take the world by the storm, people are looking to focus on restoring their skin. This means combatting skin inflammation and irritation from years of overtreatment by restoring skin barrier. This has put ceramide into the spotlight as an active ingredient that can help create an extra layer on your skin and lock the moisture in. 

As people spend more time on their gadgets every day, blue light protection has also become a coveted benefit in skincare products. While sunscreens that contain UV Filters are nothing new, most of these UV Filters offer only UVA and UVB protection. Today, UV Filters are adding protection from blue light exposure that causes wrinkles and reduced skin barrier. 

Find the skincare routines that work for you

While many factors come into play in shaping the next beauty trend, choosing a skincare product is really about finding the routine that works for you. Embrace these new trends to  simplify your beauty regimen based on your skin’s needs.  

Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

Booster has been the talk of the town when it comes to beauty routine. Everyone wants to get a hand on these little bottles of magic and more brands continue to launch new booster products at more affordable prices. Every beauty influencer out there can’t seem to stop talking about them. There seems to be a booster for every skincare concern out there from hydration, moisture renewal, to anti-aging. But what exactly is a booster? 

What is a booster, exactly? 

To put it simply, booster is a more effective option for your skin problems. Boosters come with many different active ingredients that target specific skincare issues. So you can have a booster for anti-acne, brightening, or moisturizing, and everything in between. Combining boosters with other skincare products and act as supplement for specific skincare issues. 

Boosters are more effective at addressing skincare problems due to higher concentration of active ingredient. Their active ingredient content can reach 10-15 times other skincare products. One booster may also contain more than one specific active ingredient to address multiple skincare issues. 

Active ingredient

Now let’s take a step back and talk about active ingredients. After all, they are the key ingredient that makes boosters what they are. Active ingredient is the substance that has been scientifically  provide the desired effect on your skin. 

Some of the more popular active ingredients in recent times are niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. Niacinamide is basically a version of vitamin B3 that has anti-inflammatory properties and brightening agent, and improves skin’s elasticity. It is mostly in moisturizers and acne treatments. 

Retinol is another commonly used active ingredient that comes from vitamin A. In addition to strong penetrative power into the skin, retinol can promote cell regeneration and prevent collagen breakdown. This makes retinol a popular ingredient for anti-aging products. Another popular active is hyaluronic acid. Boasting great capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid helps retain skin elasticity and so is used in many anti-aging products.

Higher concentration equals higher efficacy

These active ingredients decide the effect of each skincare product. In boosters, these active ingredients are present in higher volume, thus improving the efficacy of the booster. Because of these qualities, boosters work well in quickly addressing specific skincare problems through a personalized beauty routine.

The Influence of Vintage Beauty Trends on the Personal Care Industry

What society knows as skincare regimes today did not just materialize out of nowhere. The emergence of skincare goes far back to ancient times, with less-modern products than we have now.

It is believed that in the 1800s, the skincare routine was held in high regard, and hygiene products became more accessible and less expensive. At the time, manufacturers began to use harsh cleansers and food ingredients to treat blemishes and bleach skin. These ingredients include egg yolks, honey, oatmeal, and also lemon. There were also the launch of several popular brands during this time.

Starting in the 1910s, women above 25 spent a lot of time a day caring for their skin to have toned skin and prevent wrinkles. In the 1930s, most women already used a number of different products as a part of their skincare routine. In the 1950s, women started doing double-cleanse. Coming to the 1960s, more people began to put their concerns on sun protection. Starting from the 1980s, anti-aging and mud mask products were first introduced. In the 2000s, Personal Care Manufacturers started using hyaluronic acid in moisturizers and anti-oxidant in skincare products.

Even more recent beauty trends like Skin Minimalism that promotes natural-looking skin has also been popular in the 1920s where cosmetic companies used “youthful look” in their pitch.

Vintage Skincare Ingredients on Modern Personal Care Products

The popular ingredients of skincare we are seeing in the market now has been used during ancient times. It is likely that The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used honey for its anti-microbacterial properties and the anti-inflammatory apple cider vinegar as part of her skincare regime. She also used sour milk, a vintage skincare ingredient still popular today, to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. 

Until now, milk and its nutritions, such as AHA and lactic acid are still booming in the skincare market. Products like body lotion, face cleanser, face wash, moisturizer used milk as its key ingredients. The wide use of milk in skincare is due to its calming effect on the skin and its ability to prevent dryness.

The Personal Care Industry goes through many rising trends like seasons. This becomes more the reason for manufacturers to create formulations that can go a long way. Not only for the sustainability of the business, but also for the earth. Click here to find your solution.

Skin Minimalism: Beauty Industry’s Approach to Sustainability

For so long, consumers are led to believe that using more skincare products will eventually result in flawless-looking skin. The popular 12-step skincare routine puts the belief into the spotlight along with the phrase ‘beauty is pain’.

The last few years, a new trend is gradually replacing the arduous, time-consuming popular skincare routine. The ‘less is more’ approach is now applicable to the beauty industry with Skin Minimalism or Skinimalism.

As the name indicates, Skin Minimalism refers to cutting down the use of products and creating a tailored skincare routine. It embraces the art of going back to the essentials instead of layering products that risks sensitizing skin, breakouts, or inflammation in the long run.

There is also a branch of Skin Minimalism that consumers are putting into consideration, which is microdosing. It is the application of low concentration, common active ingredients such as chemical exfoliants and retinol. 

How Skin Minimalism Promotes Sustainability in Beauty Industry

By applying Skin Minimalism, consumers are not only saving cost, but also saving the environment. Globally, the Personal Care and Beauty Industry produces more than 120 billion packagings every year. This concept can cut back the usage of many multi-layered boxes, cellophane, and complex lids that are unrecyclable and will end up in the oceans and landfills.

Moreover, the packaging is not the only thing that is becoming a concern. Using beauty products that contain microplastics can end up in the water and potentially harm animals and plants. Therefore, stripping back the number of unnecessary products used every day means less product consumption and less waste.

According to Bahtera’s beauty experts, there are five basic concepts of skin care that are important to bear in mind: Basic, which is applicable to every skin type and involves hydrating, moisturizing, calming, and maintaining the skin barrier. Repair, where there is a need to improve and heal skin conditions that suffer from problems such as acne, eczema, and sensitive skin. Intensify, giving intensive care to maintain young and healthy skin. Recharge, elevating skin condition to brighter, healthier, and younger skin. Lastly, Boost, which includes adding highly concentrated actives to the existing skincare.

Knowing what consumers want and need without compromising sustainability are things that should become a priority for Beauty Manufacturers. Get more insights from our beauty experts regarding Skin Minimalism and other beauty trends in the industry on Indonesia Cosmetic Ingredients (ICI) 2022, which will be held on 25-27 October 2022 at Jakarta International Expo. The expo will feature 26 presentation sessions and 374 booths from Indonesia and all over the world. 

The Road to Eliminating Harmful Chemicals in Coating and Constructions Industry

Many industries have been using APEO or alkylphenol ethoxylates as surfactants in their products for more than 50 years. It includes textiles, pulp and paper manufacturing, household, paint and coating manufacturing, and many more. APEOs are versatile and cost-effective due to their wide variety of applications.

However, several studies in the last two decades pointed to the harmful impacts APEO posed to wildlife, water, and human. With the majority of usage in aqueous solutions, APEOs are discharged into industrial wastewater and water sewage. Therefore, humans are exposed to the risk of contaminated waters and food, ingestion of pesticide sprays, and absorption through the skin from sanitary products.

In regard to these studies, a few regions have created regulations to limit the use of APEOs in industrial products. Some major regions even completely eliminated them from the emulsion raw material bases, including coating resins and latex dispersing agents. These regulations urge manufacturers to develop formulations to substitute APEOs as surfactants.

Coating and Construction Industry’s Response to the APEO-free Regulations

As a manufacturer, complying with the regulations is just as important as protecting consumers. Especially with the increased demand for green-label products, which in the Coating and Constructions Industry means that the products do not contain APEO, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, and are low in VOC.

It is a big challenge for manufacturers to substitute APEOs, as surfactants played an important part in binding two elements in a uniform mixture. This is especially true in producing a can of latex paint, which is near impossible without the existence of surfactants. Hence, it is necessary to replace APEOs with formulations that can give the same result.

Using non-ionic wetting and dispersing agent like DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 can be an alternative to using APEOs. The excellent pigment-wetting properties of DISPEX®️ Ultra FA 4480 improve gloss and color intensity for aqueous pigment pastes. It is also perfect for water-based alkyds, polyester resins, and aqueous polyurethane emulsions.

It is important for manufacturers to comply with the regulations and protect consumers from harmful chemicals. Even though there are no regulations yet on the use of APEOs as surfactants in Indonesia, many manufacturers are shifting into producing APEO-free products. 

Click here to find your Coating and Constructions product solutions with Bahtera.

The Challenges for Bakery Industry in Shifting to Plant-Based Products

The constantly growing demand for plant-based diets shaped the Food and Beverages Industry, Bakery Industry included. Switching to plant-based ingredients gives the industry the toughest challenges to their formulations. This is because eggs and dairy are two ingredients that provide flavor, texture, mouthfeel, and shelf life to bakery products.

Playing with the Formula to Achieve the Desired Plant-Based Bakery Products

There are a lot of things that could go wrong with plant-based bakery products, two of the most common are crumbly and dry texture. It is due to the absence of fat from egg whites and yolks, which plays a role as the emulsifier that hold the batter together as well as giving stability to the mixture.

Altering the formulations can help to create the desired products. Instead of using dairy products, opt for non-dairy such as soy or almond milk to replace dairy milk. Coconut milk is also a viable option in lieu for heavy cream.

However, replacing eggs is an entirely different challenge altogether. Using emulsifier like Spongolit® can help to maintain the high quality of your baked goods. With Spongolit®, there is no need to hurry the baking process because of its very stable and consistent batter. It can help bakery businesses achieve appetizing baked goods volume, crumb structure, and superior mouthfeel. Not only that, you can also get extensive shelf life with cost and time saving perks. 

Rather than focusing on the missing ingredients on the plant-based products you provide, start offering the benefits of switching to plant-based ingredients by giving consumers the best quality bakery products.

Click here to find your plant-based solution with Bahtera.

 

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

Whatever you need to support sustainable manufacturing, Bahtera might be able to support you.

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Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

Healthier options do not always have to mess up the end-product of your menu. Click here to find your solution.

Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

The shift in culture and lifestyle has turned cafés and coffee shops not only a luxurious place to get food and beverages. Nowadays, it has also become a place for people to gather, hang out, and even work as the work from home policy is still implemented in lots of workplaces following the office occupation limitation due to the pandemic.

The seemingly never-ending innovations in menu variety and customization allow people to enjoy their coffee and other beverages in different ways. Some might like it black without any additions, but others like it blended with a dash of whipping cream. A consumer report showed that there is a 5% increment in whipping cream menu penetration from 2018 to 2019.

Tackling the Complexity of Making Whipped Cream

Whipped cream offers a texture treat that complements different components of beverages and desserts. It enhances flavor, visual appeal, and transforms the most basic menu into a delightful treat.

However, making the perfect whipped cream cannot be rushed. Not enough whipping may result in a runny texture and over-whipping can turn your whipping cream into butter. Setting times aside to give proper attention when making is the key. Bahtera understands that it can be a pain point for café owners to do so.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to shorten the whipping time to achieve the  superior foam firmness, stability, and a creamy sensation with an exquisite taste and mouthfeel. With Lamequick®, café owners can reduce preparation time by more than 70% and cut half of your ingredient costs.

Moreover, Lamequick® also offers a solution for you who are seeking to explore vegan-friendly product options through Lamequick® VE 28. A premium whipping agent based on soy protein and Lamequick® CNP which is based on pea protein.

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Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

Texture

Every business wants to provide the highest quality product to customers. When it comes to baked goods however, quality is not always easy to define. So what exactly do customers look for in baked goods? 

While taste remains the most influencing factor, other aspects come into play in buying decision for baked goods. One of such aspects is texture. According to a study, 70% of customers judge the quality of baked goods based on texture. Customer preference on the softness seems to vary depending on the type of baked goods. Looking at this, it’s important for bakeries or artisan bakers to find a formula to maintain consistent texture for their baked goods. 

One way to do this is by using performance-enhancing ingredients. Our bakery experts break down the two must-have ingredients for the best texture. 

Emulsifier

For cakes, volume plays a big part in the final texture. Emulsifier helps enhance aeration, which provides structure and volume to the final product. There are many different emulsifiers with various added values. Some emulsifiers contribute to improving crumb structure and cake softness in addition to volume. 

Since each customer has his or her own preference when it comes to cake structure, it is important to figure out which emulsifier is right for the texture you want. BASF’s Spongolit®, for example, comes in different variations for different results. Some types provide more airy structure others provide denser structure. 

Emulsifiers also provide the added benefit of decreased mixing time. With the right emulsifier, you will achieve great aeration within a short time. However, emulsifiers also improve mixing tolerance and shock tolerance for stronger structure and crumb texture. 

Whipping Base

In addition to aeration, whipping base also provides creaminess to your formula. A good whipping base can provide excellent whippability for better stability and firmness. 

Much like emulsifiers, different whipping bases also provide different textures. BASF’s Lamequick® CE 7279, for example, provides excellent re-whippability. As such, it is a great whipping base for whipping cream and cake filling cream. For ice cream or mousse, however, Lamequick® CE 7273 is the better choice for its excellent shape retention.  

When you embark on your bakery journey, it is important to have all the help you can get. These performance-enhancing ingredients make it much easier to maintain consistency in your product quality; and consistency is pretty much the be-all and end-all when it comes to baked goods.

New Year, Better Skin Routine

Anyone who has ever shopped for skincare knows that buying skincare is a complicated business. There are thousands of different products out there promising various miraculous effects—all for a glowing skin. It doesn’t help that each year seems to bring with it new trends, new products, and new brands.

Worry not. It really is not as complicated as it seems. We have broken down the skincare trends for 2022 for you. 

What are people looking for in 2022?

To put it simply, everything boils down to minimalism, personalization, and sustainability. We’re sure you have heard the word Skinminimalism bandied about in the last few years. Gone are the days of multi-step skincare routine that takes hours before bed. People are toning down their skincare routine. Everyone is looking for a more simple and quicker skincare regimen. 

Personalization is also a big trend in 2022.

Customized skincare based on quizzes and consultation will continue to gain popularity. Also on the rise are personalized products that address specific skin problems. 

Clean beauty is another keyword for 2022.

Rising awareness on sustainability has changed customer expectations and demands across many industries. The beauty industry is no exception. Customers want their skincare products to be safe for them, the community, and the environment. In general, people expect Clean Beauty to be chemical free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and palm oil free. 

What does it mean for your skincare routine? 

As people are looking to simplify their beauty regimens and focus on efficacy, active ingredients will once again steal the spotlight. Active ingredients are the key to addressing our specific skin problems, such as niacinamide for acne and dry skin or retinol for aging.  

These active ingredients have been the belles of the skincare ball in the last few years, mainly through the use of serums. These tiny bottles of liquid carry potent active ingredients that work wonders for your skin. In recent years, boosters have emerged as the new hero. Boasting higher active ingredient concentration, boosters are considered more effective in addressing specific skincare issues. 

What active ingredients should I look for in my skincare product?

It depends. Each active ingredient offers different benefits, so look for active ingredients that suit your skincare needs. But in addition to the usual line-up of moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, skin barrier protection will be a big thing in 2022. As the skinminimalism and clean beauty trends take the world by the storm, people are looking to focus on restoring their skin. This means combatting skin inflammation and irritation from years of overtreatment by restoring skin barrier. This has put ceramide into the spotlight as an active ingredient that can help create an extra layer on your skin and lock the moisture in. 

As people spend more time on their gadgets every day, blue light protection has also become a coveted benefit in skincare products. While sunscreens that contain UV Filters are nothing new, most of these UV Filters offer only UVA and UVB protection. Today, UV Filters are adding protection from blue light exposure that causes wrinkles and reduced skin barrier. 

Find the skincare routines that work for you

While many factors come into play in shaping the next beauty trend, choosing a skincare product is really about finding the routine that works for you. Embrace these new trends to  simplify your beauty regimen based on your skin’s needs.  

Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

Booster has been the talk of the town when it comes to beauty routine. Everyone wants to get a hand on these little bottles of magic and more brands continue to launch new booster products at more affordable prices. Every beauty influencer out there can’t seem to stop talking about them. There seems to be a booster for every skincare concern out there from hydration, moisture renewal, to anti-aging. But what exactly is a booster? 

What is a booster, exactly? 

To put it simply, booster is a more effective option for your skin problems. Boosters come with many different active ingredients that target specific skincare issues. So you can have a booster for anti-acne, brightening, or moisturizing, and everything in between. Combining boosters with other skincare products and act as supplement for specific skincare issues. 

Boosters are more effective at addressing skincare problems due to higher concentration of active ingredient. Their active ingredient content can reach 10-15 times other skincare products. One booster may also contain more than one specific active ingredient to address multiple skincare issues. 

Active ingredient

Now let’s take a step back and talk about active ingredients. After all, they are the key ingredient that makes boosters what they are. Active ingredient is the substance that has been scientifically  provide the desired effect on your skin. 

Some of the more popular active ingredients in recent times are niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. Niacinamide is basically a version of vitamin B3 that has anti-inflammatory properties and brightening agent, and improves skin’s elasticity. It is mostly in moisturizers and acne treatments. 

Retinol is another commonly used active ingredient that comes from vitamin A. In addition to strong penetrative power into the skin, retinol can promote cell regeneration and prevent collagen breakdown. This makes retinol a popular ingredient for anti-aging products. Another popular active is hyaluronic acid. Boasting great capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid helps retain skin elasticity and so is used in many anti-aging products.

Higher concentration equals higher efficacy

These active ingredients decide the effect of each skincare product. In boosters, these active ingredients are present in higher volume, thus improving the efficacy of the booster. Because of these qualities, boosters work well in quickly addressing specific skincare problems through a personalized beauty routine.