Conditioners: alternatives to BTAC & CTAC

01 September 2016

Conditioners: alternatives to BTAC & CTAC

Make hair naturally beautiful with esterquats and emollients

In Europe, hair conditioners hold an important place in the hair care products range. Beside specific hair treatments and masks or leave on formulations, the classical conditioner represents more than 50% of the market with a “relative high” frequency of use (several times per week).


BTAC* and CTAC* are the main conditioning agents and ”players” in such formulations but esterquats are the right and appropriate alternative for various reasons including regulatory classification and performances.


In combination with Stepanquat® GA90 or Stepantex® PA85G, the bio-based Stepan-Mild® GCC or Stepan-Mild® L3 esters act as conditioning boosters. Stepan also offers a specific formulation; an anionic free chassis corresponding to a cleansing conditioner formulation. It includes Ammonyx® LO, Stepanquat® GA90, Stepan-Mild® GCC and Stepan-Mild® L3. 





Dipalmitoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate

  • Paste or liquid form (several solvents are possible)
  • No use restriction
  • Pure active substance is not CLP classified
  • Cost effective conditioning agent




BTAC: Behetrimonium chloride

CTAC: Cetrimonium chloride


  • Restricted use since 08/2014 in rinse-off hair products and leave-on hair and face products
  • CLP classifications of pure substance are:

- Serious health hazard

- Corrosive to metals

- Hazardous to the environment



Half-head test done on a formulation containing 2% of quats + cetyl stearyl alcohol and steareth-20



0: No difference - 1: Slight difference (advantage) - 2: Very noticeable difference (more performant)

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