- Pronunciation: \ˈsō-dē-əm \ ˈpä-lē it-ə-ˈkän-ˌāt \
- Type: Naturally-derived
- Other names: Velasoft
What Is Sodium Polyitaconate?
Sodium polyitaconate, also called Velasoft, is a polyitaconic acid partially neutralized with sodium salt. It is usually an off-white grainy substance.
What Does Sodium Polyitaconate Do?
Sodium polyitaconate helps stabilize surfactants, allowing for gentler formulations.[2,3] It can also be used in shampoos, conditioners, body wash, hand soaps, and other ingredients. It dissolves in water.
Is Sodium Polyitaconate Safe?
Sodium polyitaconate is a biodegradable ingredient that does not irritate the eyes or skin.[7,8] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care product quality standards.
How Sodium Polyitaconate Is Made
Commercially, manufacturing sodium polyitaconate begins with creating itaconic acid, which is produced by fermenting carbohydrates such as corn.