INCI: PCA Glyceryl Oleate

A recent article in COSSMA discusses the natural haircare segment and notes it has not enjoyed the same growth or widespread acceptance by consumers as other natural product categories. Negative consumer perception, a limited product range and lackluster product performance have all contributed to slow growth in this market. (link to article which lives on the website in PDF)
Warner Graham Company is proud to offer Softisan® conditionHair a 100% natural ingredient delivering improved performance in natural hair care products.

Why are we so excited?

This ingredient provides formulators with a 100% vegetable derived, palm-free product shown to have high substantivity to hair and skin. Because PCA Glyceryl Oleate is a positively charged molecule, it effectively aids deposition of care ingredients on the hair, and it improves both wet and dry combing. Softisan® conditionHair when used in conjunction with caring oils (like Miglyol® Coco 810 silicone replacement) produces a true conditioning effect from a natural shampoo.

IOI Oleochemicals has conducted extensive product testing using different shampoo lab formulas with Softisan® conditionHair and a branded natural shampoo. In a home use test the formula incorporating Softisan® conditionHair was favored over the branded shampoo for rinseability, combability, and overall acceptance. In a professional hairdresser’s evaluation, the shampoo with Softisan® conditionHair improved the sensorial profile of normal and even of damaged hair – comparable to the performance of conventional products.

As natural product consumers ourselves, we’re excited by the prospect of improved formulas able to deliver on the promise of “hair care”.

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INCI: Coco Caprylate Caprate

Silicone replacement is a growing trend in personal care formulations, leaving chemists to search for suitable alternatives. Warner Graham Company is proud to present IOI’s group of light, elegant emollients for this purpose!

Miglyol® Coco 810 has gained popularity as a non-polar and fast spreading emollient with a light skin feel.  We love it’s smooth, silky profile in contrast to more oily triglycerides.

In formulation, the caring effect of Miglyol® Coco 810 can balance all too fast absorption and lack of substantivity of an emulsion with silicone oil.

Miglyol® Coco 810 is a true vegetable alternative (ECOCERT registered and sustainable) for light silicones (D5), mineral oil, or IPM.

It’s perfect for use in all kinds of skin care formulas, baby care, massage products and cosmetics.

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INCI: Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate

A multipurpose O/W emulsifier that’s Palm-free and 100% natural (Sunflower based)! Imwitor 375 offers versatility and flexibility in formulating. . . milks, lotions, gel creams, soft or rich creams. . . all with a single emulsifier!  Suitable for both hot and cold processing methods.  You’ll love Imwitor 375 in your formulas for body and facial care, in sun care products (did we mention it’s a great dispersing agent for inorganic UV filters?), hair conditioning and bath oils.  Best of all, it’s cost effective with typical concentration at 0.5-3%!

Check out the product brochure Imwitor 375

Warner Graham Company is pleased to announce our new partnership with IOI Oleo GmbH!

The IOI Group purchased the manufacturing sites in Germany formerly operated by Cremer Oleo GmbH. IOI Oleo GmbH will continue to provide the Miglyol®, Imwitor®, Softisan®, Softigen® and Witepsol® products and The products previously branded as CremerCoor, CremerVero and CremerLin have been rebranded. See our the products page for a reference guide to those new trade names. The manufacturing processes, specifications and product quality will remain unchanged. IOI has initiated the transfer of certifications (cGMP, ISO, EcoCert, Kosher/ Halal, etc.).   Updated certificates will be made available as soon as possible.

See our updated Products Page for all the IOI Oleo GmbH products available through Warner Graham Company.

Product Focus: Softisan 649 as a Lanolin Substitute

Cremer Oleo’s Softisan 649 is a well established product with a broad customer base and a wide range of applications throughout the Personal Care and Pharmaceutical markets.

Lanolin is a wax like substance secreted by the glands of wool bearing animals. It can be extracted from the wool coat after shearing. The primary concern with lanolin is that the processing of the wool requires it be first dipped in pesticides and then chemically treated prior to being distilled. These chemicals bind to the lanolin, resulting in residues of pesticides and other chemicals in the finished product.  Combine this with the distinct odor and strong allergen properties, and an alternative may be necessary.  

Softisan 649 is a direct substitute for lanolin. Among its many favorable traits, Softisan 649 is most notably pesticide-free, preservative-free, antioxidant-free, residual solvent-free, and does not require the use of odor masking fragrances. Here is a link to further comparisons of Softisan 649 and Lanolin. SOFTISAN 649 Flyer 2013 

Softisan 649 is also registered with the FDA under Drug Master File (DMF) No: 10524.

Additionally, if you are looking for a lanolin oil substitute, contact us about Softisan 645.

If you would like further information this product or any others, please call us at 800-872-2300, or click the contact us page on this website.

George Brett’s Legendary Pine Tar Game and Warner Graham’s connection to it

On July 24th, 1983 the Kansas City Royals were down 4 – 3 to the hometown New York Yankees in the top of the ninth. With two outs and one man on base, George Brett came up to bat. He delivered a game leading two run home run off Goose Gossage. After Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin requested the umpires inspect Brett’s bat. Referencing a rarely enforced rule, he protested that the pine tar exceeded the allowable 18 inches from the tip of the handle. After the umpires consulted (and used home plate as a measuring stick) they determined that the bat did violate the rule, and Brett was called out, ending the game.

As you can revisit in this clip, George Brett’s reaction became legend.


The ruling was later overturned, Brett’s home run was counted, and the last half of the 9th inning was completed on August 18th. There are many additional plot twists to this story, one of which involved an umpire producing an affidavit on the field during that last half inning in anticipation of a Billy Martin protest.

This story is relevant to us because George Brett was using Oriole Brand pine tar on his bat that day—the very same Oriole Pine Tar that Warner Graham produced.

A 1983 Story in the Baltimore sun identified Warner Graham’s role in the contoversial game. (Baltimore Sun article on Pine Tar connection)

Years later a story from ESPN touched on some of the reactions when Warner Graham discontinued its Oriole Brand Pine Tar. Yes we are sorry to say that Pine Tar is no longer a part of our product line.

Pine tar proved to no longer be a big seller, but we will always think fondly of the product and our connection to one of its most notorious moments. 


Corn Report for June 12

On June 12, 2013, the USDA issued the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report stating that projected corn production would be lowered 135 million bushels for 2013/2014 due to delayed corn plantings. Despite lowering the corn production estimate, production will still reach 14 billion bushels as ideal growing conditions are developing in the Midwest. This represents a decline of 1% versus the May 15th estimates. The average yield is expected to be 156.5 bushels per acre. The number of acres planted in the U.S. remained unchanged at more than 97 million. Even with the lower forecast, the projected 14 billion bushels will top records set in the 2009/2010 growing season.

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Prohibition and Denatured Alcohol

There is an interesting history connecting denatured alcohol and prohibition. The passing of the 18th amendment, as we all know, led to a booming black market in bootleg liquor. What is less known is the bootleggers did not simply smuggle imported liquor or build hidden stills to manufacture their own bath tub gin and moonshine. They frequently stole industrial alcohol.

Ethyl Alcohol was used then, as it is now, in a large number of industrial applications. The 18th amendment did not halt the production or use of alcohol for industrial uses, rather it demanded a greater use of denatured alcohol for those users. Denaturing alcohol is making it non-potable, so as to eliminate the Excise Tax. The use of denatured alcohol actually started before prohibition in 1906.  

During prohibition, criminals would steal the denatured alcohol, process it in an attempt to distill out the denaturants, and sell it as a consumable alcohol on the black market. In response, the government began expanding the requirements of the denatured formulas in an attempt to eliminate this stream of illicit alcohol. These new laws included either a significant increase in the quantity of a denaturant being used, or on some occasions new denaturants were added, which were far more difficult to distill out.

Many of the current denatured alcohol formulas have their roots in the prohibition era.

There is an interesting article by Deborah Blum (author of The Poisoner’s Handbook) linked below. Her article incorrectly uses Industrial alcohol and Denatured alcohol interchangeably. Industrial alcohol is really a broader category of alcohols, which can include pure ethanol, that are used in non-beverage applications.

The article concentrates on the dangerous public health aspects of the increasing denaturants used as well as the politics of prohibition.

US Corn Production could reach record level.

It is possible that corn production may reach a record yield this year, despite delayed planting due to inclement weather in the Midwest.
The USDA is estimating output will rise to an all time high assuming an average yield of 158 bushels per acre. This would be an increase from 2012 production of 123.4 bushels per acre after the Midwest suffered from the worst drought since the 1930’s.

Corn futures in May will likely post their first gain in four months. Fears that the slow planting may result in a miss of the USDA acreage target are surfacing, however yield continues to be the largest variable.

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