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Sasol Chemicals Introduces Biosurfactant Brands for Personal and Home Care Markets

Will market biosurfactants to customers under CARINEX and LIVINEX brand names

Sasol Chemicals, a business unit of Sasol Ltd. (JSE: SOL; NYSE: SSL), today announced the launch of CARINEX and LIVINEX, two brands that will expand Sasol’s offerings of sustainable products. CARINEX SL AND LIVINEX SL, both biosurfactants, are the first product offerings under these new brands.

Sasol Chemicals, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of surfactants, previously announced plans to begin exploring alternatives to traditional surfactants. In March 2022, the company announced a strategic partnership with Holiferm Limited to develop sophorolipids, a fermentation-derived biosurfactant offering an extensive reduction in carbon footprint compared with petroleum or bio-based surfactants. Using Holiferm’s proprietary technology, Sasol’s sophorolipids are fully derived from natural palm-free oils and/or sugars, making them environmentally friendly products without compromising performance.

“As Sasol continues to find ways to offer our customers lower-carbon footprint products, we believe partnerships are the key to unlocking and accelerating sustainable innovation and transformation,” said Eric Stouder, Senior Vice President of Sasol Chemicals. “Combining Holiferm’s advanced technology with Sasol’s unique chemistry and global reach, we can now offer our customers mass produced, high performing and more sustainable solutions at competitive prices.”

CARINEX will target the personal care market, while LIVINEX will be offered to customers in the home care, technical, institutional and industrial cleaning markets. While fully biodegradable, CARINEX and LIVINEX sophorolipids (SL) are well-tolerated by aquatic organisms, acting as detergents, dispersants, emulsifiers, foaming agents or wetting agents commonly needed for daily personal care products, such as shampoos and conditioners, as well as detergents, degreasers and more in cleaning and technical applications.

“Our partnership with Sasol Chemicals allows us to increase the reach and use of biosurfactants to markets across the globe,” said Richard Lock, Managing Director of Holiferm. “We are seeing an increase in interest and uptake of sustainable solutions and are well-placed with our partners to meet this demand.”

Sasol Chemicals and Holiferm will attend the SEPAWA® CONGRESS 2023 conference October 25-27 in Berlin to showcase this novel biosurfactant manufacturing technology and the impact it will have on the future of personal care and cleaning products.

About Sasol Chemicals

Sasol Chemicals partners with our customers, suppliers, employees and communities to create innovative solutions for a better world. Our unique chemistry provides the building blocks for a sustainable future and is used by more than 6,500 customers in 120 countries in countless products that improve the quality of life for people around the world. Sasol Chemicals is a business of Sasol Limited. For more information, visit the Sasol Chemicals website.

About Holiferm Limited

Holiferm Limited manufactures a range of biosurfactants for use in a variety of application needs. It is committed to making the production of chemicals cleaner and greener by designing technologies that eliminate the need for petrochemicals. Holiferm has a commercial biosurfactant plant in Wallasey and a research and development facility in Manchester, both in the United Kingdom. For more information visit

Combining Holiferm’s advanced technology with Sasol’s unique chemistry and global reach, we can now offer our customers mass produced, high performing and more sustainable solutions at competitive prices.


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