Multifunctional conditioning agent KAO SOFCARE® GP-1


KAO Sofcare® GP-1 is a multifunctional conditioning agent for personal care products, imparting similar characteristics to those of silicone, such as feel and functionality. It is an ideal total or partial replacement for amodimethicones and dimethicones. It is easily incorporated in shampoos and conditioners and offers thicken ability properties. This ingredient provides outstanding conditioning with excellent hair shine and smoothness, easy hair style management and beautiful hair tips. 

The hair care market, as always, pleases us with a variety of trends and concepts, but the goal pursued by the consumer is always the same is shiny and healthy hair. Approaches to achieve this goal may be different. This includes the use of such traditional hair care products as shampoos paired with rinse-off conditioners, as well as a variety of leave-in care options. Skincare-inspired manufacturers offer leave-in conditioners in BB (Beauty Balm for Hair), CC (Complete Care for Hair) and a wide range of all-in-one leave-in hybrid products.

KAO Sofcare® GP-1 is a multifunctional ingredient suitable for both rinse-out and leave-in hair products, providing unparalleled hair volume, shine and softness to the very ends.

KAO SOFCARE® GP-1(INCI: PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether) is derived from natural fatty oils and is 100% nonionic active ingredient. This product provides silicone-like sensing and can partially or completely replace amodimethicones and dimethicones in hair care formulations.

KAO SOFCARE® GP-1 is easily incorporated into shampoo formulations without the need for polymer stabilization. It is thus possible to obtain transparent shampoos, in which, in addition to an excellent conditioning effect, it exhibits good thickening and foam-stabilizing properties.

Fig. 1. Volume retention
* Index (%) = Width after shampooing without conditioner / Width after shampooing with conditioning agents x 100.

Fig.2. Hair shine after conditioner (dry hair, Goniometer, base: 3% cetearyl alcohol, 1.5% BTAC)

A distinctive feature of KAO Sofcare® GP-1 from traditional cationic conditioners provides superior absorption throughout the length of the hair resulting in softness from root to tip and ease of styling. When combined with silicones, the product improves their adsorption on the surface of the hair and allows you to reduce the amount of silicone by ¾ without losing the conditioning effect. Another important parameter is the volume of hair. As you know, often in pursuit of improving combing, the developer receives a product that makes hair heavier and reduces volume. As can be seen in fig. 1, adding KAO Sofcare® GP-1 increases hair volume compared to shampoo where only high viscosity dimethicone is used.


When it comes to using this ingredient in hair conditioners, all of the above is about excellent volume and conditioning properties, with partial or complete replacement of silicones in the formulation, also confirmed by comparative tests. I would like to note the magnificent shine that KAO Sofcare provides® GP-1 with enough low working concentrations (0.5 – 1.0%) (Fig. 2). In addition, the unique hydrophobic properties of this conditioning agent improve hair manageability, make styling easier and manage unruly “fluffy” ends even in high humidity.


Recommended concentrations of KAO SOFCARE® GP-1: 0.3 – 1.0%. By simply adding this ingredient to a formulation, you can take existing shampoos and hair conditioners to the next level, or create a trendy leave-in product with great conditioning and shine, ease of styling, and superb volume. after using it.



Micellar Shampoo(С-306)

Ingredients % Akypo® Foam LM 25 Potassium Laureth-4 Carboxylate, 60% 16.1 Betadet® S-20 Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, 38%</span > 13.2 Akypo® Soft 100 BVC Sodium Laureth-11 Carboxylate, 70% 5.0 KAO Sofcare® GP-1 PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether 1.0 Kaopan® TW-IS 399S PEG-160 Sorbitan Triisostearate, 75% 0.8 Polyquaternium-7 1.0 Microcare® SB 0.5 Citric Acid pH 5.0-5.2 Perfume and Actives default Water to 100.0

Shower Foam ( С-278) for foam dispenser


Ingredients % Betadet® S-20 Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, 38% 13.2 Akypo® RLM 45CA Laureth-6 Carboxylic Acid, 95 11.5 Levenol® H&B Glycerethe-2 Cocoate 1.0 Findet® ARH/52 PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil 1.0 KAO Sofcare® GP-1 PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether 0.5 Sodium hydroxide 50% solution 1.7 Microcare® SB 0.5 Citric Acid pH 5.0-5.5 Fragrance, preservative and active ingredients default Water to 100.0


Silicone free hair balm ( S-250)

Ingredients % Danox® HC-30 5.5 KAO Sofcare® GP-1 PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether 0.5 Citric Acid pH 4.0-4.5 Fragrance, preservative and active ingredients default Water to 100.0

Sles-free luxury foam shampoo (С-297)

Ingredients % Akypo® Foam LM 25 24.4 Betadet® SHR Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, 30% 11.4 KAO Sofcare® GP-1 PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether 1.5 Polyquaternium-7 1.0 Polyquaternium-10 0.3 Citric Acid pH 5.7-6.2 Fragrance, preservative and active ingredients default Water to 100.0


Yulia Popova

Technical Support Manager

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