Bio-based Surfactants Market

Bio-based Surfactants Market Analysis, By Product Type (Nonionic, Anionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric), Source (Sugar, Plant/Seed oil, and Others), and Region - Market Insights 2023 to 2033

Analysis of Bio-based Surfactants Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Bio-based Surfactants Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The global bio-based surfactants market is anticipated to be valued at US$ 14.3 billion in 2023 and further expand at a CAGR of 6.2% to reach US$ 26.2 billion by the end of 2033.

Laundry is estimated to be dominating the end-use for the bio-based surfactants market with nearly 44.1% of the global market share by the end of 2022.

Report Attributes


Bio-based Surfactants Market Size (2022A)

US$ 13.5 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 14.3 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 26.2 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~6.2% CAGR

North America Market Share (2022)


Europe Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~5.5% CAGR

United States Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~6.7% CAGR

Market Share of Top 5 Companies


Key Companies Profiled

  • BASF
  • Arkema
  • Cardolite
  • Clariant
  • Croda
  • Dow
  • Fenchem
  • Galaxy Surfactant
  • Henkel
  • Ter Chemicals
  • Pilot Chemical Company
  • Evonik
  • Glycosurf
  • Hunts Man Corporation
  • Kao Corporation
  • Solvay

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Sales Analysis of Bio-based Surfactants (2018-2022) Vs. Market Forecast Outlook (2023-2033)

The global bio-based surfactants market has grown at a CAGR of 5.1% between 2018-2022. Rising demand for chemical-free products in the household, personal care, and cosmetics products has fueled the demand for the bio-based surfactants market.

Bio-based surfactants are eco-friendly and have low toxic effects on health and it does not release harmful fumes like chemical-based surfactants which negatively affect the surroundings. This, in turn, accelerates the bio-based surfactants market's growth. Further, the government's stringent regulation over chemical products and efforts led by NGOs and eminent market players to gear up the sales of bio-based surfactants.

  • Short-Term (2023-2026): Growing awareness for chemical-free products in the personal care and cosmetics industry to positively impact bio-based surfactants market growth.
  • Medium-Term (2026-2029): Europe will continue to dominate bio-based surfactants, owing to increasing demand for bio-based products from the hair care and personal care industry.
  • Long-Term (2029-2033): Rising disposable income in developing countries such as China and India will create significant opportunities for the growth of bio-based surfactants in the long term.

Over the 2018-2022 historical period, the global bio-based surfactants market registered a CAGR of 5.1%, according to the Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market is projected to exhibit growth at 6.2% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Bio Based Surfactant market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of bio-based surfactants based on source and region is provided in a nutshell in the above image. Under the source segment, sugar products will dominate with a 37.9% market share in 2023.

“Consumer Awareness About Eco-Friendly and Low Toxic Products”

The bio-based surfactants are gaining traction due to the shift in consumer preference. The covid-19 crisis has increased awareness among people regarding the importance of cleanliness and the usage of products that are low in toxicity, skin compatible, and easily biodegradable. Hence, the demand for bio-based surfactants is witnessing revenue growth.

Bio-based products can offer a unique combination of sustainability and high performance, as a result of these advantages, bio-based products are gaining popularity from the user end, in addition, the bio-based surfactants are chemical-free and made of natural ingredients.

Bio-based surfactants has good compatibility with anionic, cationic, and amphoteric surfactant. It finds application in several personal cares, industrial and institutional cleaning, oilfield chemicals, and detergents.

“Several Benefits of Bio-based Surfactants Opening New Doors for Manufacturers”

The growing demand for home care and personal care products such as detergents, cleaners, toothpaste, facewash, and hand wash has increased over the past few years due to the rising population. Further, with the growing concern regarding the impact of chemicals on health and the environment, the demand for bio-based surfactants in home and personal care products has increased by 30%-40%.

Companies in the manufacturing of bio-based surfactants are expanding their presence in the Asia Pacific region where demand for bio-based surfactants is increasing from various applications such as laundry, personal care, cosmetics products, industrial cleaning products, dish wash products, and the food industry. Thus, surging demand for bio-based surfactants bolsters revenue growth.

“High Cost of Bio-based Surfactants Products”

One of the major factors hindering the growth and hampering the adoption of the bio-surfactant market is its high cost. Due to the shortage of homogenous and consistent feedstock, the production process at times is inefficient and the enzyme used is highly expensive. Thus cost-effective production of bio-surfactants in the conventional market is still a challenge to conquer.

The regular supply of raw materials is the major hurdle for the growth of the bio-based surfactants market. Raw materials such as sugar cane, and corn are the most essentials component in the manufacturing of bio-based surfactants are seasonal in nature, and have diverse demand as well.

These aforementioned factors are potential threats to the bio-based surfactants’ growth perspective; however, market players are coming up with robust solutions to overcome these restraints and capture the available opportunity. Hence, the bio-based surfactants market is anticipated to witness lucrative growth opportunities with efforts to overcome the aforementioned challenges.

Country-wise Insights

Will the growing awareness for chemical-free products in the U.S. drive high demand for bio-based surfactants?

The United States bio-based surfactants are expected to reach US$ 1.5 billion by 2033 growing at a CAGR of 5.4%.

The growing young population in the United States and their attraction towards chemical-free products coupled with government initiatives towards eco-friendly growth are expected to drive the growth of the bio-based surfactants market in the coming years.

The United States hair care market is valued at US$ 12.5 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to reach a valuation of over US$ 14.0 billion by the end of 2026. This will create a significant opportunity for the growth of the bio-based surfactants market in the United States.

Shampoo, a personal care product will capture the maximum market share of over 45.0% followed by conditioners and serums.

Why is the China Bio-based Surfactants Market Expected to Be Highly Lucrative?

The rising young population in China and increasing awareness of naturally derived products are expected to dominate the bio-based surfactants market in the coming years.

China holds the third largest market share in terms of skin care products. The rapidly growing Chinese economy has helped to increase the consumers buying power in China. China's skincare market is valued at over US$ 15 Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to continue its growth at a healthy CAGR.

The high chance of getting skin-related disorder due to chemical-based skin care products are boosting the demand for organic and naturally derived products in the Chinese market.

The China market for bio-based surfactants is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 2.1 billion by the end of 2033.

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Category-wise Insights

Why is sugar in the source segment gaining attraction?

Sugar is considered the most essential ingredient in the manufacturing of bio-based surfactants market which is obtained majorly from sugarcane. Surfactants are either synthetic which is derived from petroleum products or bio-based surfactants derived from vegetable or sugar-based sources.

Apart from sugar in the manufacturing of bio-based surfactants, the seed oil is the most common ingredient used in bio-based surfactants. These products can be used in the applications such as laundry, personal care, cosmetics products, industrial cleaning, dish wash products, food industry.  

Furthermore, with the global economy on the way up, the sugar in the source segment is predicted to expand 1.8X by the end of 2033.

Will market growth be led by laundry applications in the end-use?

Bio-based surfactants are widely used in the laundry applications such as soaps, detergents, and others. Laundry will hold the maximum market share in the bio-based surfactants market. Growing demand for laundry products is expected to drive the demand for bio-based surfactants in the coming years.

The global laundry care market is valued at over US$ 100.0 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4.0% over the next few years. The demand for laundry care products is anticipated to increase further owing to the increasing population in developed as well as developing countries.

Laundry will create an absolute $ opportunity of US$ 5.1 million in between 2023-2033.

Eminent Player’s Key Strategies

Prominent bio-based surfactants manufacturers are BASF, Arkema, Cardolite, Clariant, Cagill, Croda, DOW, Fenchem, Galaxy Surfactant, Henkel, Pilot Chemical Company, Evonik, Ter Chemicals, Indorama Ventures, Glycosurf, Huntsman Corporation, Solvay, Stephen Company, Akzo Nobel NV, Lankem and others.   

With the growing demand for better and sustainable cleaning solutions due to the rising awareness regarding health and hygiene, drives the sales of bio-based surfactants. Manufacturers are focused on expanding their footprints in untapped markets via collaboration and acquisitions of local vendors or distributors.

Long-term trade relations with end-use verticals assist manufacturers to survive unfavorable trade situations. Utilization of varied marketing strategies such as advertisements, and enhancing presence on digital platforms to help market titans gain high-profit margins.

  • In March 2022, due to growing end-user demand for natural beauty and cosmetic products, BASF’s Care Creation introduced Plantapon Soy. It is a bio-based surfactant, anionic in nature. It is a derivative of soy protein that provides many sustainability benefits. 
  • In February 2022, Clariant launched a 100% bio-based surfactants range driving the transition towards renewable carbon.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of bio-based surfactants positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Bio-based Surfactants Industry Research

  • Bio-based Surfactants Market by Source:

    • Sugar
    • Plant/seed Oil
    • Others
  • Bio-based Surfactants Market by Product Type:

    • Nonionic
    • Anionic
    • Cationic
    • Amphoteric
  • Bio-based Surfactants Market by Bio-based Content:

    • Fully-Bio-Based
    • Majority Bio-Based
    • Minority Bio-Based
  • Bio-based Surfactants Market by End-Use:

    • Laundry
    • Personal Care & Cosmetics Products
      • Hair Care
        • Shampoos
        • Conditioners
        • Serum
      • Skin care
        • Moisturizing Creams
        • Shower Gel
        • Lotions
        • Others
    • Industrial Cleaning Products
      • General Purpose Cleaners
      • Floor Care Product
      • Ware Washing Detergent
      • Disinfectants & Sanitizers
      • Vehicle Wash Products
      • Hand Cleansers
      • Others
    • Dish Wash Products
    • Food Industry
      • Surface Cleaning
      • Food Processing Ingredient
    • Oilfield Chemicals
  • Bio-based Surfactants Market by Region:

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

What is the global bio-based surfactants market size?

The global bio-based surfactants market is valued at US$ 14.3 billion in 2023.

How is the market for bio-based surfactants expected to fare going forward?

Worldwide demand for bio-based surfactants is anticipated to reach US$ 26.2 billion by 2033-end.

How did the market perform over the last few years?

During 2018-2022, sales of bio-based surfactants increased at 5.1% CAGR.

Which regional bio-based surfactants market accounts for a leading market share?

Europe tops the global bio-based surfactants market accounting for 46.9% market share.

Which bio-based surfactants product type holds the highest market share?

Anionic product type account for 50.3% share of global sales.

Bio-based Surfactants Market

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