June 15, 2021

Colonial Chemical Is 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winner

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (June 15, 2021): Colonial Chemical, Inc. is a winner in the 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program, specifically in the focus area of The Design of Greener Chemicals. Colonial Chemical is being recognized for developing Suga®Boost surfactant blends that use more environmentally friendly chemicals than traditional cleaning surfactants. Specifically, Suga®Boost surfactants consume less energy to create, are biodegradable, and are derived from plant-based materials, with performance that demonstrates potential to replace EO-containing surfactants such as SLES and APEs.

“Colonial’s Suga®Boost technology platform is an example of a decades-old commitment to the design of greener, safer, effective surfactants for our customers and our consumers,” said David Anderson, Jr., President of Colonial Chemical.  “We are honored to be recognized for this achievement and will continue to design and innovate in this space that is critical for our country and world.”

Many surfactants used in traditional cleaners are derived from petroleum-based raw materials and pose several issues including high environmental toxicity or a need for high-energy processes in their manufacture. One group of chemicals often found in cleaners is alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified this class of chemicals as toxic to aquatic organisms, especially because they bioaccumulate in mollusks, soils, and sediments. Additionally, APEs can mimic natural hormones and induce endocrine disruption in aquatic and land organisms.

Colonial Chemical discovered that blends of functionalized alkyl polyglucoside (APG) surfactants provide cleaning performance that is equal to or better than APEs while avoiding environmental issues related to aquatic toxicity, endocrine disruption, and carcinogenic impurities. Suga®Boost surfactants are blends of derivatized APGs prepared by attaching functional groups such as sulfonate, phosphate, quaternary ammonium, glycinate, and citrate. Suga®Boost blends do not yield toxic substances as they biodegrade. They are mild and safe for the formulator and end-user. Lastly, Suga®Boost blends require less energy to manufacture and require only water as a solvent during manufacture and cleanup.

These functionalized APG surfactants have the potential to replace EO-containing surfactants worldwide. Furthermore, Suga®Boost and its underlying chemistry has the potential to expand into wipe products, disinfecting cleaners, dish washing, carpet cleaning, and fabric care.

May 13, 2021

Cola®Carb M7C Emulsifier with Lime Soap Dispersing Properties Now Available

Cola®Carb M7C is a medium foaming ether carboxylic acid with good emulsification and dispersing properties, used for metalworking fluids, fire resistant hydraulic fluids (HFA-S) and rolling emulsions. Cola®Carb M7C is an optimal chemistry as a branched, medium alkyl chain with moderate to high degree of ethoxylation and stable over a broad pH range. It is also a robust performance product with good emulsification capability and outstanding lime soap dispersing power. Cola®Carb M7C is extremely stable against electrolyte and hard water and supports corrosion protection. Cola®Carb M7C is used in a wide range of applications, such as water-dilutable metal working fluids, rolling emulsions, fire resistant hydraulic fluids (HFA-S), oil & gas, mining fluids, and others. It is also domestically manufactured in the US and can be readily distributed globally under REACH and other international registrations.

Benefits include:

  • Excellent emulsification properties
  • Electrolyte and hard water stable
  • Outstanding lime soap dispersing properties
  • Medium foaming tendency
  • Boron free
  • Free of secondary amines
  • Broad registration status

For more information about Cola®Carb M7C or to order a sample, go to the webpage here.

April 8, 2021

Suga®Boost 030 is now REACH.

Suga®Boost 030 may now be included more globally as an ingredient in formulations. Suga®Boost 030 is also registered in Canada and the US. Additionally, Suga®Boost 050 is listed REACH, along with Canada, US and Australia.

Suga®Boost performance surfactants can significantly raise the cleaning performance over traditional surfactants such as DDBSA, SLES, and NP-9, particularly in removing food soils, animal grease, and protein soil. Suga®Boost surfactants demonstrate effectiveness for use in food services, food processing applications, hospitality services, floor/carpet care, kitchen, bathroom, health care, public facilities, and transportation cleaning.

Suga®Boost products have very mild characteristics in comparison to high irritation or regulated surfactants, such as sulfates, alcohol alkoxylates, Coco DEA, and betaines. Suga®Boost performance surfactants have broad applications in multiple household and industrial applications to meet demands for high performance green formulations.

Suga®Boost performance surfactants have broad applications in multiple household and industrial applications to meet demands for high performance green formulations.

For more information about these products, go to the Suga®Boost page.

A complete listing of all Colonial Chemical products that are REACH registered is here.

December 7, 2020

Colonial Suga® and Poly Suga® Products are Stable in Hydrogen Peroxide.

All categories of Suga® and Poly Suga® products are tested stable in hydrogen peroxide solutions!

This data will enable formulators to develop greener cleaning products with extra biting power from peroxide in many applications, ranging from disinfecting to cleaning tough-to-clean stains on carpet, fabric, and hard surfaces. Product testing includes the following Colonial Chemical products:
Suga®Boost 030 and 050
Suga®Nate 160NC
Poly Suga®Mulse D9
Poly Suga®Glycinate C
Suga®Citrate L1C
Poly Suga®Quat L1210P

November 23, 2020

Cola®Teric CAHS Provides Mild Amphoacetate Replacement with Improved Sustainability for Personal Care Formulations

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (November 23, 2020): Colonial Chemical is pleased to introduce Cola®Teric CAHS (INCI: Sodium Cocoamphohydroxypropylsulfonate) to its growing offering of sustainable amphoteric products. Cola®Teric CAHS is a mild, biodegradable amphoteric surfactant suitable for all types of foaming cleansers. This product lowers overall irritation when used in formulation with commonly used primary surfactants. It is an ideal replacement for amphoacetate chemistry, offering higher biorenewable content, improved compatibility with hard water, and higher purity. Cola®Teric CAHS is especially well suited for gentle personal care products

“Our industry still has a distance to go in terms of improving sustainability of secondary surfactants,” says Dennis Abbeduto, Business Manager for Personal Care Products, Colonial Chemical. “A lot of the new product development in the surfactant arena has been geared towards primary surfactants. Secondary surfactants, while generally naturally derived, still contain significant portions of petrochemical feedstocks – up to 40% of secondary surfactants can be petrochemical in origin. By utilizing the same intermediates as sultaines, we can produce amphoacetate analogs with higher biobased proportions along with improvements in other properties such as higher solids, lower irritation, and better compatibility with hard water and soaps. But certainly one of the most important aspects of this chemistry is that it avoids the presence of Dichloroacetic Acid, which is on the California Prop 65 list and does not have a safe harbor limit. We have a lot of customers who are looking for ingredients without any Prop 65 contaminants, and Cola®Teric CAHS is an opportunity to fill that important niche.”

Cola®Teric CAHS offers identical foam performance when compared to a standard cocoamphoacetate. In-vitro eye irritation testing demonstrates that the product would be considered minimally irritating at typical formulation levels. Cola®Teric CAHS offers superior viscosity building capability compared to traditional amphoacetates and is useful in luxury body washes to provide mildness and foam stabilization, in shampoos for improved foam and viscosity boosting, and in facial cleansers for its excellent skin feel. Cola®Teric CAHS also provides wet wipe formulations with exceptionally mild foaming and cleansing.

Colonial Chemical’s website is a resource for information about other unique sultaine products in the Cola®Teric family, which combine the distinct sustainability advantages of their biobased chemistry with improved purity and no California Proposition 65 concerns.

Dennis Abbeduto may be reached at 423-837-8800 or dennis@colonialchem.com.

Colonial Chemical is a privately-held manufacturer of market-leading specialty surfactants with a focus on developing safe and innovative ingredients for modern formulary. The company supplies high quality products to the personal care, industrial and lubrication marketplace and helps its customers achieve their goals by providing custom solutions, valuable support and reliable service. Colonial Chemical serves all North America and in over 50 countries internationally. Learn more at www.colonialchem.com. For more information, please contact Christine Anderson, Marketing Specialist, at (423) 837-8800, christine.anderson@colonialchem.com or visit www.colonialchem.com.

September 30, 2020

Leave PEG behind for Good. Cola®Teric HBS for PEG-Free Formulations

Cola®Teric HBS is an excellent surfactant solution for thickening cleansers without PEG esters. The addition of just 1% Cola®Teric HBS as supplied dramatically improves viscosity in formulations as shown below.


Traditional alkanolamides improve viscosity performance primarily by reducing the amount of salt needed to reach a target viscosity. Incremental viscosity boosting can be realized, but is typically relatively small. Cola®Teric HBS can dramatically increase the overall salt response.

Waterqs to 100.00qs to 100.00
Colonial SLS10.0010.00
Colonial SLES-210.0010.00
Cola®Teric COAB5.005.00
Viscosity Modifier HBS, CMA or CMPA1.00
Citric Acid, 50%qs to pH 6qs to pH 6
September 23, 2020

Cola®Tex 127 is REACH Approved.

Cola®Tex 127 is an overall naturally-derived blend of functionalized alkyl poly glucosides and anionic surfactants, and is a single product solution for emulsion polymerization.

Cola®Tex 127 may now be included more globally as an ingredient in formulations. Cola®Tex 127 is also registered in Canada, US and Australia.


  • Single product to make acrylic, styrene-acrylic, and styrene-butadiene latex formulations for excellent cost/performance
  • No EO-1,4 Dioxane or other components of Prop 65 concern
  • No Alkyl Phenol Ethoxylate (APE)
  • No Sulfates
  • Small particle size with low coagulation
  • Predominately derived from vegetable sources
  • Outstanding human and environmental safety
  • Simplifies and speeds the manufacturing process
  • Anionic and nonionic compatible
  • Easy to handle
  • Stable at high and low pH


  • Industrial emulsion polymers
  • Coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers
  • Personal care waxes, films, cosmetics
September 4, 2020

Cola®Lux MO-HP is the answer for your LO question.

What you need to recommend for bleach and peroxide stable formulations when you can’t get Lauramine Oxide.

Cola®Lux MO-HP is high purity Myristamine Oxide, an amine oxide-based surfactant with a C14 (tetradecyl) alkyl tail. Cola®Lux MO-HP has similar foam and performance characteristics to Lauramine Oxide, and is bleach and peroxide stable.

You can continue to wait until sometime later in the fall for the shortage of Lauramine Oxide to come to an end. Or begin today – right now – offering this product as a substitute for Lauramine Oxide. Contact us about Cola®Lux MO-HP and start giving answers that customers appreciate. Like a delivery date.

Cola®Lux MO-HP is Myristamine Oxide (high purity).


  • Cleansing agent
  • Emulsifier
  • Hair conditioning agent
  • Emollient
  • Foam stabilizer
  • Viscosity booster
  • Foam booster
  • Acid and alkali stable
  • Bleach stable


  • Dishwashing detergents
  • Cleansers
  • Hard surface cleansers (containing acids or bleach)
  • Hand soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Bubble baths
  • Facial masks (mud packs)
  • Hair conditioners
  • Shaving creams
April 30, 2019

Cola®Teric BBS Offers Sustainable Babassu Oil as a Hydroxysultaine for Personal Care Formulations

  • Sustainably derived from Brazilian babassu oil
  • Better foam, feel, and viscosity building than standard coconut betaine or sultaine
  • Globally accepted
  • No Prop 65 components
  • Preservative-free

Cola®Teric BBS Offers Sustainable Babassu Oil as a Hydroxysultaine for Personal Care Formulations

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (April 30, 2019): Colonial Chemical is pleased to introduce Cola®Teric BBS (proposed INCI: Babassuamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine) to its growing offering of hydroxysultaine products. Cola®Teric BBS is a mild surfactant derived from Babassu Oil, a sustainably grown and harvested oil from Brazil. Cola®Teric BBS offers enhanced foaming and viscosity building properties compared to traditional Coconut or Palm Kernel products. Cola®Teric BBS has a high active content and is supplied preservative-free.

“Environmental aspects such as sustainable raw sources are playing an increasingly important role in consumers’ purchasing decisions. Cola®Teric BBS is a significant means of satisfying our customers’ requests in this regard, enabling them to formulate high-foaming products that meet global regulatory requirements and perform in formulations,” says Dennis Abbeduto, Business Manager for Personal Care Products, Colonial Chemical.

Colonial Chemical will introduce the latest addition to the Cola®Teric product family at the NYSCC Suppliers Day Show in May. At the trade show in New York, Colonial will also provide visitors with information about other products in the Cola®Teric family, which all combine the distinct advantages of hydroxysultaine chemistry as a low-residual alternative to betaines – and with no California Proposition 65 concerns.