Specialty Surfactants

DeForest Specialty Surfactants

DeFOREST Enterprises, Inc. offers a diversified and comprehensive line of specialty surfactants for a variety of industries. Surfactants, or “surface active agents” are used in a variety of applications including household, industrial, and institutional (HI&I) cleaners and detergents, personal care products, paints, coatings, inks, oilfield products, metalworking fluids, metal cleaning solutions, lubricants, and many others. Our proven technologies and multifunctional specialties are used in many of these markets and end-use applications.

At DeForest, we remain committed to product innovation and the development of highly effective specialty surfactants and solutions that are driven by the changing needs of our customers. For those developing eco-friendly products, we can offer a variety of environmentally safe surfactants  that are readily biodegradable, have low toxicity, and some of which are 1,4-dioxane-free.  These products  are well-suited for use in eco-friendly products.

We invite you to learn more about our surfactants. Just click any of the links below or contact us at for top-notch technical support and customer service.

Amphoteric Surfactants

Versatile amphoterics including sodium lauriminodipropionate, sodium octyliminodipropionate, cetyl betaine, and more.

Corrosion Inhibitors

A variety of mixed amine & amine-free carboxylates, phosphate esters, amine borates, and amphoteric corrosion inhibitors.

D’Limonene Emulsifiers

Specialty emulsifiers based on ethoxylated nonionic and anionic chemistries.


A selection of multifunctional hydrotropes including anionics, amphoterics, and phosphate esters.

Industrial / Institutional Specialties

Surfactants for gelling sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide or acids, multifunctional low foam alkaline and acid stable surfactants, specialty emulsifiers for solvents, and much more.

Metalworking Specialties

Carboxylates, phosphate esters, and emulsifiers.

Nonionic Surfactants / Wetting Agents

A unique and interesting series of alkoxylated alcohols.

Phosphate Esters

Multifunctional esters for use in metalworking, metal cleaning, oilfield, and industrial cleaning applications.

Unique Low Foaming Products

Low foaming, acid & alkaline stable surfactants, each with multiple, unique properties.

Catalog, Bulletins & Formulations:

DeForest Product Catalog (pdf)

Environmentally Safer Selections (pdf)

SDS Request

Technical Bulletins

Sample Request