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Pilot Chemical Company Launches A New Biobased Surfactant, CalCare™ 190C

October 25, 2023

Pilot Chemical Company announced today the launch of CalCare™ 190C, a sustainable biosurfactant designed specifically for the personal care industry. The key attributes of CalCare™ 190C include a 98.6% Renewable Carbon Index, clear color, stable pH Range (3 to 11), and the ability to form high and stable foam.

CalCare™ 190C is a biosurfactant for shampoo and body wash formulations and is easily formulated with other surfactants.  It offers excellent foam and lather; is mild on skin; has undetectable levels of 1,4-Dioxane*; and is sulfate-free.

“What makes CalCare™ 190C special is it can help reduce your carbon footprint without sacrificing efficacy,” said Richard Rehg, vice president of commercial, Pilot Chemical Company. “It also helps meet the need of procuring sustainable biosurfactants without the hassle of long lead times or unreliable supply.”

CalCare™ 190C performs like a traditional surfactant but has the added environmental benefit of being a biobased surfactant. It is produced in the United States through a batch process providing ease of scalability

compared to fermentation. A reliable, domestic feedstock contributes to consistent quality, and Pilot Chemical’s production run rates can meet current and future demands for the biosurfactant. An abundance of the non-edible, biomass feedstock globally offers supply chain stability.

Last year Pilot introduced its first two biosurfactants, CalNext™ 126 and 196. These two biosurfactants were designed specifically for household, industrial and institutional (HI&I) applications. The rollout of CalCare™ 190C represents the next phase in Pilot Chemical’s vision to offer innovative and sustainable products to its customers. An additional release in Pilot Chemical’s biosurfactant line is planned in 2024.

To learn more about Pilot Chemical’s CalCare™ biosurfactant line, visit our team at booth #752 at the California Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day show Oct. 25-26, 2023. To request a sample, visit

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About Pilot Chemical Company
Pilot Chemical Company is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical manufacturer providing high-quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oilfield and emulsion polymerization industries. Its proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats, tertiary amine derivatives, polymers and organometallic fuel additives. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America, is a leader in quaternary ammonium compounds, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of disulfonates. Pilot is certified under both ISO 9001:2015 and the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with additional sites located in Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, and Mexico. For more information, visit


* Tested by an independent laboratory with detection limits to 0.5ppm.