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 General introduction:

Tea saponin ( belong to saponin family), is one kind of glycoside compound, which is extracted from camellia seeds. It is not only effective in decontamination, foaming, emulsification, decentralization and saturation, but also with function of diminishing inflammation, easing pain and resisting epiphyte, which is widely used in food, drink, chemical, medicine, pesticide, rubber, film, building materials, extinguish material, hair care products and so on. So, tea saponin can also be named: surfactant, woemulsion, detergent, pesticide, foaming agent and antiabrasive agent.

Camellia seeds contain 11 to 15% tea saponin, which can be extracted from virgin camellia oil or tea seed cake with special organic solvent.




Light yellow powder

Active Compound (Saponin)


Foam Highness


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Tea Saponin in Powder

Powder Tea Saponin

 Chemistry and physics characteristic:
Tea saponin’s basic structure is composed by sapogenin (C30H50O6), aglycon and organic acid, which is a kind of pentacyclic triterpene saponin.Its molecular formula is C57H90O26,molar weight is 1191.28.
Pure tea saponin is colorless, minute columnar crystalloid. Melting point is 223224(433.4435.2). Can be easily dissolved in hydrous methanol, hydrous ethanol, ethanol, n-butylalcohol, glacial acetic acid, acetic anhydride, pyridine and other organic solvent, but can not be dissolved in ether, chloroform, acetone and so on.
1. Emulsifier: The tea saponin paraffin emulsifier(TS-80 emulsifier) has been widely used in building board industry. Because of small granularity emulsion, level off degree and good stability ,the emulsion's character is much better than general emulsifier such as: alkyl sodium sulfonate, sodium oleate and ammonium oleate.
2. Detergent: It is a natural nonionic surfactants, be non-poisonous compound after enzymolysis, which can avoid polluting the environment. Tea saponin is a strong decontamination without limitation of Water hardness. Be made shampoo to protect hair, wash hair, eliminate inflammation and stop itching. When it is used as detergent to wash cloth, woolen sweater and fabric, it possesses not only cleansing ability, but also make the cloth fadeless, fresh, bright and soft.
3. Foam: With strong ability of absorbing carbon dioxide, tea saponin not only can be used as foam for foam rubber in rubber industry, for foam fire extinguisher in fire industry, but also can be replacement of other industry material, such as foam stabilizer in concrete industry to deduct manufacturing cost, accelerating-foam for cold drink and beer industry.
4. With function of relieving a cough and dispelling phlegm, tea saponin can stimulate human windpipe mucous membrane, increase secretion. It can also be used as diuretic and medicating emulsifier.
5. Besides, it can also be nature and organic pesticide in agriculture industry.

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