Applechem’s SorbiThix L-100 is now Globally Compliant

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Parsippany, NJ, — December 14, 2023 Applechem is pleased to announce that SorbiThix L-100 has successfully achieved approval for China’s new cosmetic ingredient registration. Leveraging cutting-edge “star polymer” technology, SorbiThix L-100 delivers excellent performance, enhancing thickening across all traditional surfactant systems and seamlessly integrating with modern surfactants like glutamate and isethionate. This milestone not only underscores Applechem’s commitment to meeting global standards but also opens new avenues for formulators seeking state-of-the-art cleansing solutions in the Chinese market.


In response to China’s NMPA unveiling the new CSAR chemical regulations in 2021, the Applechem regulatory team faced a pivotal challenge and opportunity regarding SorbiThix. The revamped regulations not only transformed the registration process for existing ingredients but also provided a pathway for introducing new ones.  The team spent two years of diligent effort navigating China’s new submission requirements which required extensive efficacy and toxicological testing, a comprehensive safety assessment report as well as substantial financial investment in developing the requisite expertise on the new NMPA platform portal. 


“Before the new China cosmetic regulations were rolled out, it was difficult for non-domestic manufacturers to introduce innovative polymer structures like Sorbithix into the Chinese market,” says Samuel Lin, Managing Director of Applechem. “Now, as we align with modern CSAR regulatory requirements, we stand poised to compete with the best, delivering exceptional solutions to the global personal care marketplace.”


Ultimately, the NMPA’s approval marked a significant achievement, highlighting Applechem’s ability in both research and regulatory compliance, particularly in the intricate process of gaining approval for a new polymer under China’s rigorous safety assessment regulations.


About Applechem: For over twenty years, Applechem has been pioneering innovative solutions for the cosmetics industry, and supplies a range of materials that improve the quality and consistency of a wide range of products. As an industry-leading technology company with a global reach, Applechem develops innovative ingredient solutions for some of the world’s most recognized beauty products. More information about Applechem can be found at


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Jalitza Rodriguez

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