Purolic Acid™ Becomes the First USDA Certified 100% Biobased Glycolic Acid

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Phycus Biotechnologies Inc (Phycus) is pleased to announce that its glycolic acid, Purolic Acid™, has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label, making it the first to receive the designation in this category, and the first bio-based glycolic acid available to cosmetic and skin care formulators seeking sustainable, clean label ingredients.

Phycus has earned a USDA Certified Biobased Product label for its glycolic acid, the first such bio-based glycolic acid available to cosmetic and skin care formulators seeking sustainable, clean label ingredients

Phycus Biotechnologies Inc (Phycus) is pleased to announce that its glycolic acid, Purolic Acid™, has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label, making it the first to receive the designation in this category, and the first bio-based glycolic acid available to cosmetic and skin care formulators seeking sustainable, clean label ingredients.

Purolic Acid™ is designed specifically for cosmetic and personal care formulators looking for a cleaner, more sustainable, high purity glycolic acid. Its unique biobased format provides a highly-effective, formaldehyde free formula whose manufacturing process helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The USDA Biobased Certified designation was created to help consumers readily identify products made from bio-based raw materials. The designation is achieved after an independent, third-party laboratory verifies the biobased content using Carbon 14 dating techniques.

Glycolic acid is the leading exfoliating active ingredient found in skincare products. While some extracts of plants or fruits can contain glycolic acid, they also contain a mixture of other acids and organic molecules that can impact their colour, odor, purity and potency, limiting their application in many skincare formulations. Because of those limitations, glycolic acid is typically derived from petroleum or oil-based sources such as formaldehyde or monochloroacetic acid. This manufacturing process tends to leave trace contaminants of these starting materials in the finished ingredients, which can make their way into the end consumer product.

Phycus’ biobased glycolic acid derived from plant origin and made using a sustainable, precision fermentation process. This advanced process gives Purolic Acid™ exceptional purity and sustainability, and makes it an efficient drop-in replacement for petroleum-based glycolic acid.

Formulators benefit from an ingredient that behaves like synthetic glycolic acid, with the third party validation of a biobased ingredient that reduces reliance on petroleum and helps to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

With 70% of consumers demanding products with natural ingredients, and major global brands making significant commitments to sustainable sourcing, Purolic Acid™ is the perfect alternative source of glycolic acid.
For more information or to request samples, visit phycusbio.com

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About Phycus Biotechnologies Inc.
Phycus Biotechnologies develops and manufacturers sustainable ingredients for the Personal Care & Beauty market. Its first product, Purolic Acid™, is the only biobased glycolic acid on the market, and the first to achieve the USDA Certified Bio-Based Product label. Purolic Acid™ is derived from natural fruit molecules produced through a novel fermentation process that uses bio-based feedstocks, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This unique process results in an exceptionally pure ingredient, that is formaldehyde free.

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