June 18, 2012

Charkit Adds Distribution Agreement with Oat Cosmetics

By Jennifer Gilbert

Charkit Named Exclusive North American Distributor for Oat Cosmetics’ Colloidal Oatmeal and Oat Oil

Norwalk, Connecticut, June 18, 2012 – Charles Hinnant, President, Charkit Chemical Corporation, announced that the company entered into an agreement with Oat Cosmetics, effective immediately to distribute Colloidal Oatmeal and Oat Oil, naturally occurring ingredients that provide exceptional benefits in skin care and cosmetic products.

In making the announcement, Mr. Hinnant said, “We’re delighted to establish a supplier relationship with Oat Cosmetics, innovative creators of oat-based products that provide substantial advantages due to their advanced technology.”

A legacy of healing properties enhanced by Oat Cosmetics’ technology

Cark Maunsell, Managing Director of Oat Cosmetics in the UK, discussed the well established legacy of oat ingredients and their proven performance in skin care products for more than 1000 years. He said that although colloidal oatmeal was recognized by the FDA as a skin protectant ingredient back in 2003, today the standard Oat Cosmetics’ colloidal oatmeal has been vastly improved by Oat Cosmetics.

Mr. Maunsell stated, “Through the extrusion technology that we developed in collaboration with our partner, Polar glucan Oy, we were able to improve standard colloidal oatmeal and achieve high microbial purity without the need for irradiation. This modification drives new opportunities in the development of natural skin and cosmetic products and overcomes safety, sustainability and traceability issues. We are optimistic that our relationship with Charkit will accomplish a great deal in reaching manufacturers who are looking for the enhanced benefits from the colloidal oatmeal and oat oil ingredients that we have developed.”

Jay Lang, Executive Vice President, Charkit, explained that Oat Cosmetics’ colloidal oatmeal ingredients are ideal in the development of new products and in reformulations because of their enhanced cleaning, buffering, moisturizing, protecting, soothing, anti-irritating and antioxidant properties. He cited the difference between Oat Cosmetics’ colloidal oatmeal and what is offered by other suppliers. Mr. Lang reported that Oat Cosmetics’ colloidal oatmeal is believed to improve the ability to form colloids by altering interfacial tension. He stated that the ingredient substantially increases the oil absorbing and water absorbing capacities of oatmeal flour. It was also stated that the ingredient appears to enhance the availability of beta-glucan and reduce the microbial load to a satisfactory level.

“Oat Cosmetics’ colloidal oatmeal is suited to ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ certification under Ecocert and COSMOS,” said Mr. Lang.

Oat Cosmetics’ Oat Oil, ultra effective in skin care products

It was explained that Oat Cosmetics’ superior quality oat oil is produced from a specific oat variety, and is gently extracted through an ethanolic process that results in a high clarity, lightly colored, low odor natural oil. Mr. Lang stated that it is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phospholipids and tocopherols. He said, “Oat Cosmetics’ oat oil allows formulators to reduce the amount of other emulsifiers they may be using. It provides rapid emulsification of water-in-oil emulsions through its polar lipids. Its low viscosity and good stability are another plus.

Additionally, Oat Cosmetics’ oat oil is not temperature dependent. For skin care manufacturers, it is important to note that Oat Cosmetics’ oat oil is never an irritant, making it ideal for creams and lotions. Additionally, the ingredient as a highly effective emollient and contains saponins, known to have UV-B protectant properties. Importantly, its safety is assured by the EU.”

Mr. Hinnant concluded, “We want to remind skin care and cosmetic manufacturers that Charkit’s technical and marketing team can assist their formulators and marketing professionals who are interested in using and promoting these beneficial Oat Cosmetics’ ingredients in their products. We are ready to work side by side with manufacturers in getting improved products to market.”

For more information, please contact Jay Lang at 203-299-3220 or send an inquiry via email to jlang@charkit.com.

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