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Libranox Amine Oxides Market-Leading Quality and Value, with World-Class Customer Service

Libranox Amine Oxides


Renowned for their detergency, foam-boosting and foam-stabilising properties, amine oxides are widely used in the cleaning and personal care markets. But with a vast array of these non-ionic surfactants available on the market, what makes the Libranox range from Libra Speciality Chemicals Ltd the top choice for so many of our loyal customers around the world?

Since their introduction to the market in 2014, Libranox Amine Oxides have provided a great-value, top-quality solution to both multinational corporations and smaller, local companies alike. Whether the need is for a low-foaming agent with excellent cleaning power, or a foam-boosting, cosmetic-grade ingredient for shampoo or bubble bath, the Libranox portfolio has the answer.

Applications for Libranox products (AO10, AO12/14, AO14, CAO and CAP)

  • Shampoos
  • Bubble baths
  • Hair conditioners
  • Dishwashing detergents
  • Laundry detergents
  • All-purpose cleaning agents
  • Liquid bleach products
  • Foam stabilisers in rubber and polymer industries

Importantly, Libranox products are compatible with most surfactants. Evidence shows that they can even exhibit synergistic effects when combined with anionic and other non-ionic surfactants. For example, use in combination with anionic sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) is proven to give an increased detergency effect.

Furthermore, they do not hydrolyse in strongly acidic or alkaline systems, and they are used extensively with both sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen peroxide to produce bleach-based cleaning products.

In fact, Libranox products offer everything you would expect from amine oxides in terms of their ability to provide viscosity, grease emulsification and soil suspension, with the added benefit of superior quality versus competitor products.

Purity ensures superiority over other amine oxides

All of Libra’s amine oxides are made with very pure water. A tightly honed manufacturing process involving ozonation, reverse osmosis and UV filtration ensures that Libranox products are microbiologically pure, and free from bacteria and other contaminants -– ideal for high-end personal care.

‘We are intently focused on ensuring the purity of our products,’ said Rob Wiles, Technical Manager, Libra. ‘Even by eye, you can see that Libranox products are crystal clear, not yellow or white like other amine oxides on the market. All of our Libranox products are rigorously tested and INCI and REACH registered, and in the history of production, we have never had a single instance of bio-bloom.’

Libra’s control over its manufacturing process also brings other important benefits. Customers can be assured that, with residual hydrogen peroxide levels of just 300 parts per million, Libranox products will not affect dyes. In addition, Libra’s thorough knowledge of the decay curve means that these peroxide levels can be carefully adjusted to ensure that Libranox remains contaminant-free in transit, regardless of the length of its journey.

Quality and service guarantee value for money

With a keen focus on both sustainability and health and safety compliance, Libra can produce 66,000 tonnes of amine oxides per annum (including RSPO certification grades, where required) in its dedicated EFfCI-registered plant. This volume of scale, coupled with a highly efficient and low-cost manufacturing process (which allows for the production of up to 90 tonnes by one person in a single batch cycle), means that Libra customers have access to the best value, top-quality amine oxides on the market.

‘With Libranox, not only do our customers have access to the very best quality and value amine oxides available; they are also assured of an unparalleled level of customer service that is tailored to their specific requirements,’ said Richard Lock, Commercial Director, Libra. ‘This is what our loyal customers have come to expect from partnering with Libra.’

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