Press release
Personal Care
April 13, 2007

Biodegradable Ester Quat with Excellent Conditioning Performance


Degussa’s business line Goldschmidt Personal Care has developed an innovative, readily biodegradable, vegetable based cationic emulsifier for skin care products such as hair conditioners as well as skin care creams and lotions.

VARISOFT® EQ 65 improves excellently the detangling and combing of wet and dry hair, it provides a superior dry feel of hair and also effects the typical pleasant sensory profile of cationic emulsifiers when used in formulations of creams and lotions.

The product is an ester quat based on high purity stearic acid (INCI: Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Cetearyl Alcohol) and outperforms the conditioning properties of Cetrimonium Chloride. It shows similar properties like the very efficient Behentrimonium Chloride.


A wholly owned subsidiary of the RAG Group – is the global market leader in specialty chemicals. Our business is creating essentials – innovative products and system solutions that make indispensable contributions to our customers’ success. In fiscal 2005 around 44,000 employees worldwide generated sales of 11.8 billion euros and operating profits (EBIT) of 940 million euros.