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Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/086273
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An aqueous fabric cleaning composition which comprises: (I) a cleaning surfactant selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactant, zwitterionic or amphoteric surfactant and nonionic surfactant; (II) optionally, suspended particles of a benefit agent, (III) an anti-settling, thickening polymer, wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer, comprises: (a) 40 to 74.5 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate; (b) 20 to 50 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid; (c) 0.2 to < 5 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS); (d) 5 to 25 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure wherein R1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; (e) 0 to 1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid; and (f) 0 to 2 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer or chain transfer agent; and wherein the sum of the weight percentages of structural units (a)-(f) is equal to 100 wt% of the anti-settling, thickening polymer.

Inventors:
AINGER, Nicholas, John (Unilever R&D Port Sunlight Quarry Road East, Bebington, Wirral Merseyside CH63 3JW, CH63 3JW, GB)
GAO, Wei (400 Arcola Road, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 19426, US)
JARVIS, Adam, Peter (Unilever R&D Port Sunlight Quarry Road East, Bebington, Wirral Merseyside CH63 3JW, CH63 3JW, GB)
JOSHI, Kinjalbahen (400 Arcola Road, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 19426, US)
SCHWARTZ, Curtis (400 Arcola Road, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 19426, US)
SHAW, Neil, Scott (8 Marsh Road Appleton Thorn, Warrington Cheshire WA4 4RY, WA4 4RY, GB)
SHULMAN, Inna (2020 Dow Center, Midland, Michigan, 48674, US)
STARCK, Pierre (Unilever R&D Port Sunlight Quarry Road East, Bebington, Wirral Merseyside CH63 3JW, CH63 3JW, GB)
WOOD, Sally, Elizabeth (Unilever R&D Port Sunlight Quarry Road East, Bebington, Wirral Merseyside CH63 3JW, CH63 3JW, GB)
ZENG, Fanwen (400 Arcola Road, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 19426, US)
Application Number:
EP2018/078740
Publication Date:
May 09, 2019
Filing Date:
October 19, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
UNILEVER PLC (41424 of Unilever House, 100 Victoria Embankment, London Greater London EC4Y 0DY, EC4Y 0DY, GB)
UNILEVER N.V. (Weena 455, 3013 AL Rotterdam, 3013 AL, NL)
CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER (700 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 07632, US)
International Classes:
C11D11/00; C11D1/94; C11D3/37; C11D17/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO1991013145A11991-09-05
WO2002038120A12002-05-16
WO2009153184A12009-12-23
Foreign References:
EP2933280A12015-10-21
EP0995791A12000-04-26
EP1328616A22003-07-23
EP1319706A12003-06-18
Other References:
"Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavour Ingredients", 1975, CRC PRESS
M. B. JACOBS: "Synthetic Food Adjuncts", 1947
S. ARCTANDER, PERFUME AND FLAVOUR CHEMICALS, 1969
POUCHER, JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF COSMETIC CHEMISTS, vol. 6, no. 2, 1955, pages 80
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHISEM, Janet (Unilever PLC Patent Group Colworth House, Sharnbrook, Bedford Bedfordshire MK44 1LQ, MK44 1LQ, GB)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1 . An aqueous fabric cleaning composition which comprises:

(I) a cleaning surfactant selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactant, zwitterionic or amphoteric surfactant and nonionic surfactant;

(II) optionally, suspended insoluble particles,

(III) an anti-settling, thickening polymer,

wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer, comprises:

(a) 40 to 74.5 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate;

(b) 20 to 50 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid;

(c) 0.2 to < 5 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS);

(d) 5 to 25 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure:

wherein R1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group;

(e) 0 to 1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid; and

(f) 0 to 2 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer or chain transfer agent; and wherein the sum of the weight percentages of structural units (a)-(f) is equal to 100 wt% of the anti-settling, thickening polymer.

2. The aqueous composition according to claim 1 , wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer includes less than 0.001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer; wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer includes less than 0.1 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent.

3. The aqueous composition according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the

anti-settling, thickening polymer has a weight average molecular weight of 25,000,000 to 300,000,000 Daltons.

4. The aqueous composition according to any preceding claim, wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer includes:

(a) 50 to 65 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate, wherein the C1-4 alkyl acrylate is ethyl acrylate;

(b) 25 to 40 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid;

(c) 0.75 to 2.0 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS);

(d) 10 to 20 wt% of structural units of the specialized associated monomer;

(e) 0 to 0.1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid; and

(f) 0 to 0.001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer or chain transfer agent. 5. The aqueous composition according to any preceding claim, which has a pH of 3 to 7.

6. The aqueous composition according to any preceding claim, wherein the cleaning surfactant is selected from the group consisting of sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium lauryl ether sulphosuccinate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium cocoyl isethionate and lauryl ether carboxylic acid, coco betaine, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoamphoacetate and mixtures thereof.

7. The aqueous composition according to any preceding claim, wherein the cleaning surfactant is present in an amount of from 2 to 40 wt %.

8. The aqueous composition according to any preceding claim, which further comprises a fragrance.

9. A method of treating a fabric comprising the step of applying to the fabric, a composition as defined by any of claims 1 to 8.

10. A method as claimed in claim 9, which comprises the additional step of rinsing the fabric with water.

Description:
COMPOSITION

The present invention relates to fabric treatment compositions. Aqueous compositions having insoluble ingredients suspended therein have desirability for a variety of conventional uses, such as in the home care and personal care areas.

To be acceptable to consumers, such aqueous compositions desirably exhibit both an appealing look and feel, both in the pack and during use, for example product dispensing. This, however, in complex aqueous formulations containing suspended insoluble ingredients, presents significant challenges.

In systems containing insoluble materials with a density less than that of the continuous phase, the insoluble materials tend to float to the top surface of the continuous phase (i.e., creaming). In systems containing insoluble materials with a density greater than that of the continuous phase, the insoluble materials tend to sink to the bottom of the continuous phase (i.e., settling).

Suspended insoluble particles have a tendency to aggregate in aqueous products thus decreasing its available surface area with a consequential loss of activity. Further, effective deposition of suspended agents can be problematic, especially from rinse off cleaning compositions, which are designed to remove substances such as dirt and oils from surfaces and wash them away. Thus, getting enough agent onto the surface, in order to give a big enough beneficial effect, is difficult to achieve. Despite the prior art there remains a need for improved suspension and delivery of insoluble actives from cleaning formulations.

Definition of the Invention

A first aspect of the invention provides a fabric treatment composition which comprises: (I) a cleaning surfactant selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactant, zwitterionic or amphoteric surfactant and nonionic surfactant;

(II) suspended particles of a benefit agent, (III) an anti-settling, thickening polymer,

wherein the anti-settling, thickening polymer, comprises:

(a) 40 to 74.5 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate;

(b) 20 to 50 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid;

(c) 0.2 to < 5 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS);

(d) 5 to 25 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure:

R 1 wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group;

(e) 0 to 1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid; and

(f) 0 to 2 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer or chain transfer agent; and

wherein the sum of the weight percentages of structural units (a)-(f) is equal to 100 wt% of the anti-settling, thickening polymer. General Description of the invention

The aqueous composition of the present invention contains an anti-settling thickening polymer, for use in the treatment of fabric.

The aqueous composition is preferably a fabric cleaning composition. The Anti-Settling Thickening Polymer

The anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention, comprises: (a) 40 to 74.5 wt% (preferably, 45 to 69.5 wt%; more preferably, 50 to 65 wt%; most preferably, 52 to 60 wt%) of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate (preferably, C2-4 alkyl acrylate; more preferably, C2-3 alkyl acrylate; most preferably, ethyl acrylate); (b) 20 to 50 wt% (preferably, 25 to 45 wt%; more preferably, 25 to 40 wt%; most preferably, 30 to 35 wt%) of structural units of methacrylic acid; (c) 0.2 to < 5 wt% (preferably, 0.5 to 3 wt%; more preferably, 0.75 to 2.0 wt%; most preferably, 0.75 to 1 .5 wt%) of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS); (d) 5 to 25 wt% (preferably, 7.5 to 22.5 wt%; more preferably, 10 to 20 wt%; most preferably, 12.5 to 18 wt%) of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure (formula 1 ):-

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated Cis alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated Cis alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; (e) 0 to 1 wt% (preferably, 0 to 0.1 wt%; more preferably, 0 to 0.01 wt%; most preferably, 0) of structural units of acrylic acid; and (f) 0 to 2 wt% (preferably, 0 to 0.1 wt%; more preferably, 0 to 0.001 wt%; most preferably, 0 wt%) of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent; wherein the sum of the weight percentages of structural units (a)-(f) is equal to 100 wt% of the anti-settling, thickening polymer.

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention, comprises: (a) 50 to 65 wt% of structural units of ethyl acrylate; (b) 25 to 40 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid; (c) 0.75 to 2.0 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS); (d) 10 to 20 wt% of structural units of the specialized associated monomer; (e) 0 to 0.1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid; and (f) 0 to 0.1 wt% (preferably, 0 to 0.001 wt%; more preferably, 0 wt%) of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent; wherein the sum of the weight percentages of structural units (a)-(f) is equal to 100 wt% anti-settling, thickening polymer.

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention has a weight average molecular weight of 5,000,000 to 400,000,000 Daltons. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention has a weight average molecular weight of 25,000,000 to 300,000,000 Daltons. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention has a weight average molecular weight of 175,000,000 to 275,000,000 Daltons. In reference to the anti-settling thickening polymer the weight average molecular weight refers to the weight average molecular weight as measured using asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) with inline Multi-Angle Light Scattering (MALS) and differential Refractive Index (Rl) detections. The AF4 instrument used consisted of an Eclipse™ DualTec™ separation system (from Wyatt Technology Corp.) that was coupled in series to an 18 angle multi-angle light scattering (MALS) detector (DAWN HELOS II; from Wyatt Technology Corp.) and a differential refractometer (Rl) (Optilab rEX; from Wyatt Technology Corp.). Flows through the AF4 instrument were provided using an Agilent Technologies 1200 series isocratic pump equipped with a micro-vacuum degasser. All injections were performed with an auto sampler (Agilent Technologies 1200 series). Data from the AF4 instrument were collected and processed using Astra software version 7.0.1 .23 (from Wyatt Technology Corp.). Samples were prepared at a concentration of 1 mg/mL in 20 mM ammonium acetate solution at pH 10 (filtered with a 1.2 m pore nylon membrane). Samples (25 μΙ_) were injected into the standard separation channel system (25 cm long and a width dimension starting at 2.15 cm and reducing to 0.3 cm over the length) with a channel thickness of 350 μηη and equipped with a 10 kDA cutof regenerated cellulose ultrafiltration membrane (Wyatt Technology). The mobile phase used for the AF4 analysis was 20 mM ammonium acetate solution at pH 10. Separation was performed with an applied channel flow of 1 mL/min. The sample was introduced to the channel with a focus flow at 1.7 mL/min for 3 minutes. The elution flow as then started at 0.5 mL/min for 3 minutes and then followed by a linearly decreasing cross flow gradient (from 0.5 mL/min to 0.05 mL/min over 12 minutes), then a hold at 0.05 mL/min for another 5 minutes. The average molecular weight was calculated using Astra software version 7.0.1 .23 after subtracting a blank injection with a refractive index increment (dn/dc) of 0.190 mL/g for all calculation with Berry model 2 nd order fit. Molecular weights are reported herein in units of Daltons.

Preferably, the structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate in the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention are structural units of C2-4 alkyl acrylate. More preferably, the structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate in the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention are structural units of C2-3 alkyl acrylate. Most preferably, the structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate in the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention are structural units of ethyl acrylate. Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 40 to 74.5 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate (preferably, C2- 4 alkyl acrylate; more preferably, C2-3 alkyl acrylate; most preferably, ethyl acrylate). More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 45 to 69.5 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate (preferably, C2- 4 alkyl acrylate; more preferably, C2-3 alkyl acrylate; most preferably, ethyl acrylate). Still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 50 to 65 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate (preferably, C2-4 alkyl acrylate; more preferably, C2-3 alkyl acrylate; most preferably, ethyl acrylate). Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 52 to 60 wt% of structural units of C1-4 alkyl acrylate (preferably, C2-4 alkyl acrylate; more preferably, C2-3 alkyl acrylate; most preferably, ethyl acrylate).

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 20 to 50 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 25 to 45 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid. Still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 25 to 40 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 30 to 35 wt% of structural units of methacrylic acid.

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0.2 to < 5 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS). More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0.5 to 3 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS). Even more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0.5 to 1.5 wt% of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS). Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0.5 to 1 .0, of structural units of 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS).

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 5 to 25 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure:

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 7.5 to 22.5 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure:

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group. Still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 10 to 20 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure:

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 12.5 to 18 wt% of structural units of a specialized associated monomer having the following structure

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C10-24 alkyl group; wherein R 2 is a hydrogen or a methyl group (preferably, wherein R 2 is a methyl group); and wherein n is an average of 20 to 28; with the proviso that the structural units of the specialized associated monomer (d) are derived from one of (i) a single specialized associated monomer (preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group, a linear saturated C18 alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group; more preferably, a single specialized associated monomer wherein R 1 is selected from the group consisting of a linear saturated C12 alkyl group and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group); (ii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated C12 and a linear saturated C18 alkyl group; or (iii) two specialized associated monomers, wherein R 1 is, respectively, a linear saturated Cie alkyl group and a linear saturated C22 alkyl group.

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes 0 to 1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes 0 to 0.1 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid. Still more preferably, anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains 0 to 0.01 wt% of structural units of acrylic acid. Yet still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than the detectable limit of structural units of acrylic acid. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains 0 wt% structural units of acrylic acid. Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0 to 2 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0 to 0.1 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent. Still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention comprises 0 to 0.001 wt% of structural units of multi- ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent. Yet still more preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than the detectable limit of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains 0 wt% structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and chain transfer agent. Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.0001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer. Still more preferably, anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains less than the detectable limit of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes 0 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer.

Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.1 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.001 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent. Still more preferably, anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains less than the detectable limit of structural units of chain transfer agent. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes 0 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent. Preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and less than 0.1 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent. More preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes less than 0.0001 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and less than 0.01 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agent. Still more preferably, anti-settling, thickening polymerfor use in the aqueous compositions of the invention contains less than the detectable limit of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and less than the detectable limit of structural units of chain transfer agent. Most preferably, the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention includes 0 wt% of structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer and includes 0 wt% of structural units of chain transfer agents.

One of ordinary skill in the art will know to select appropriate multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomers to provide any structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer in the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention. Structural units of multi-ethylenically unsaturated crosslinking monomer may include for example those derived from polyunsaturated monomer components including, polyunsaturated aromatic monomers (e.g., divinyl benzene, divinyl naphthalene, trivinyl benzene); polyunsaturated alicyclic monomers (e.g., 1 ,2,4-trivinylcyclohexane); difunctional esters of phthalic acid (e.g., diallyl phthalate); polyunsaturated aliphatic monomers (e.g., isoprene, butadiene, 1 ,5-hexadiene, 1 ,5,9- decatriene, 1 ,9-decadiene, 1 ,5-heptadiene); polyalkenyl ethers (e.g., trially pentaerythritol, diallyl pentaerythritol, diallyl sucrose, octaally sucrose, trimethylolpropane dially ether); polyunsaturated esters of polyalcohols or polyacids (e.g., 1 ,6-hexanediol di(meth)acrylate, tetramethylene tri(meth)acrylate, allyl acrylate, diallyl itaconate, diallyl fumarate, diallyl maleate, trimethylolpropane tri(meth)acrylate, trimethylolpropane di(meth)acrylate, polyethylene glycol di(meth)acrylate); alkylene bisacrylamides (e.g., methylene bisacrylamide, propylene bisacrylamide); hydroxy and carboxy derivatives of methylene bis-acrylamide (e.g., Ν,Ν'-bismethylol methylene bisacrylamide); polyethyleneglycol di(meth)acrylates (e.g., ethyleneglycol di(meth)acrylate, diethyleneglycol di(meth)acrylate, triethyleneglycol di(meth)acrylate); polyunsaturated silanes (e.g., dimethyldivinylsilane, methyltrivinylsilane, allyldimethylvinylsilane, diallydimethylsilane, tetravinylsilane); polyunsaturated stannanes (e.g., tetraallyl tin, diallyldimethyl tin) and the like.

One of ordinary skill in the art will know to select appropriate chain transfer agents to provide any structural units of chain transfer agents in the anti-settling, thickening polymer for use in the aqueous compositions of the invention. Structural units of chain transfer agents may monomer include those derived from a variety of thio and disulfide containing compounds (e.g., CMS alkyl mercaptans, mercaptocarboxylic acids, mercaptocarboxylic esters, thioesters, CMS alkyl disulfides, aryldisulfides, polyfunctional thiols); phosphites and hypophosphites; haloalkyl compounds (e.g., carbon tetrachloride, bromotrichloromethane) and unsaturated chain transfer agents (e.g., alpha-methylstyrene). The Cleaning Surfactant

The composition of the present invention comprises a surfactant selected from the group consisting of anionic surfactants, nonionic surfactants, zwitterionic surfactants and mixtures thereof.

Preferably, the cleaning surfactant is selected from the group consisting of sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium lauryl ether sulphosuccinate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium cocoyi isethionate and lauryl ether carboxylic acid, coco betaine, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoamphoacetate and mixtures thereof. Preferably, mixtures of any of the anionic, non-ionic and amphoteric cleaning surfactants has a ratio of primary to secondary surfactant of between 1 :1 - 10:1 , more preferably 2:1 - 9:1 and most preferably 3:1 - 8:1 , based on the inclusion weight of the cleaning surfactant in the composition.

Preferably, the composition of the present invention comprises from 1 to 50%, preferably from 2 to 40%, more preferably from 4 to 25% of total surfactant, based on the total weight of the composition. Cosmetic Ingredient

The composition of the present invention preferably comprises a cosmetic ingredient. Preferably the cosmetic ingredient selected from the group consisting of a silicone, an antibacterial agent, a foam booster, a perfume, encapsulates (for example encapsulated fragrance) a dye, a colouring agent, a pigment, a preservative, a thickener, a protein, a phosphate ester, a buffering agent, a pH adjusting agent, a pearlescer (for example; mica, titanium dioxide, titanium dioxide coated mica, ethylene glycol distearate (INCI glycol distearate)) and/or opacifier, a viscosity modifier, an emollient, a sunscreen, an emulsifier, a sensate active (for example menthol and menthol derivatives), vitamins, mineral oils, essential oils, lipids, natural actives, glycerine, natural materials such as botanicals, fruit extracts, sugar derivatives and amino acids, microcrystalline cellulose and mixtures thereof.

Preferably, the aqueous composition of the present invention includes from 0.01 to 20 wt% of the at least one cosmetic ingredient, more preferably from 0.05 to 10 wt%, still more preferably from 0.075 to 7.5 wt% and most preferably, from 0.1 to 5 wt% of the at least one cosmetic ingredient, by weight of the total composition. pH of Compositions

The composition of the present invention preferably has a pH of from 3 to 7, preferably 4 to 7, more preferably 4 to 6.5, most preferably from 4.2 to 6.5.

Suspended insoluble particles The composition has a shear thinning rheology that makes it suitable for suspending particles. Thus preferred compositions comprise suspended particles. These particles are preferably solid; that is to say they are neither liquid nor gas. However, within the term solid we include particles with either rigid or deformable solid shells which may then contain fluids. For example the solid particles may be microcapsules such as perfume encapsulates, or care additives or other benefit agents in encapsulated form. The particles may be enzymes or other cleaning actives that are insoluble or are encapsulated to prevent or reduce interaction with other composition ingredients. The particles may take the form of insoluble ingredients such as silicones, quaternary ammonium materials, insoluble polymers, insoluble optical brighteners and other known benefit agents as described, for example, in EP1328616. The amount of suspended particles may be from 0.001 to up to 10 or even 20 wt%. One type of solid particle to be suspended is a visual cue, for example the type of flat film cue described in EP131 19706. The cue may itself contain a segregated component of the detergent composition. Because the cue must be water-soluble, yet insoluble in the composition, it is conveniently made from a modified polyvinyl alcohol that is insoluble in the presence of the mixed surfactant system. In that case, the detergent composition preferably comprises at least 5 wt% anionic surfactant.

The suspended particles can be any type. This includes perfume encapsulates, care encapsulates and/ or visual cues or suspended solid opacifier such as mica or other suspended pearlescent materials and mixtures of these materials. The closer the match of the density of the suspended particles to that of the liquid. Typically, up to 5 wt% of suspended particles may be suspended stably; however, amounts up to 20 wt% are possible.

The benefit agents that may be delivered via suspended particles include any compatible benefit agent which can provide a benefit to a substrate which is treated with a preferably surfactant-containing composition can be used. Advantages of the particles of the invention in the presence of surfactant are a good retention of the benefit agent on storage of a formulation and controllable release of the benefit agent during and after product usage.

Preferred benefit agents are fragrances, profragrance, clays, enzymes, antifoams, fluorescers, bleaching agents and precursors thereof (including photo-bleach), dyes and/or pigments, conditioning agents (for example cationic surfactants including water-insoluble quaternary ammonium materials, fatty alcohols and/or silicones), lubricants (e.g. sugar polyesters), colour and photo-protective agents (including sunscreens), antioxidants, ceramides, reducing agents, sequestrants, colour care additives (including dye fixing agents), unsaturated oil, emollients, moisturisers, insect repellents and/or pheromones, drape modifiers (e.g. polymer latex particles such as PVAc) and anti-microbial and microbe control agents. Mixtures of two or more of these may be employed. Particular benefit agents are described in further detail below.

Benefits include, for laundry applications, benefits of softening, conditioning, lubricating, crease reducing, ease of ironing, moisturising, colour preserving and/or anti-pilling, quick drying, UV protecting, shape retaining, soil releasing, texturising, insect repelling, fungicidal, dyeing and/or fluorescent benefit to the fabric. A highly preferred benefit is the delivery of fragrance (whether free and/or encapsulated), or pro-fragrance or other volatile benefit agent.

Preferred sunscreens are vitamin B3 compounds. Suitable vitamin B3 compounds are selected from niacin, niacinamide, nicotinyl alcohol, or derivatives or salts thereof.

Preferred anti-oxidants include vitamin E, retinol, antioxidants based on hydroxytoluene such as Irganox™ or commercially available antioxidants such as the Trollox™ series.

Perfume is one example of a volatile benefit agent. Typical volatile benefit agents have a molecular weight of from 50 to 500. Where pro-fragrances are used the molecular weight will generally be higher.

Useful components of the perfume include materials of both natural and synthetic origin. They include single compounds and mixtures. Specific examples of such components may be found in the current literature, e.g., in Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavour Ingredients, 1975, CRC Press; Synthetic Food Adjuncts, 1947 by M. B. Jacobs, edited by Van Nostrand; or Perfume and Flavour Chemicals by S. Arctander 1969, Montclair, N.J. (USA). These substances are well known to the person skilled in the art of perfuming, flavouring, and/or aromatizing consumer products, i.e., of imparting an odour and/or a flavour or taste to a consumer product traditionally perfumed or flavoured, or of modifying the odour and/or taste of said consumer product. By perfume in this context is not only meant a fully formulated product fragrance, but also selected components of that fragrance, particularly those which are prone to loss, such as the so-called 'top notes'. The perfume component could also be in the form of a pro- fragrance. WO 2002/038120 (P&G), for example, relates to photo-labile pro-fragrance conjugates which upon exposure to electromagnetic radiation are capable of releasing a fragrant species.

Top notes are defined by Poucher (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists 6(2):80 [1955]). Examples of well known top-notes include citrus oils, linalool, linalyl acetate, lavender, dihydromyrcenol, rose oxide and cis-3-hexanol. Top notes typically comprise 15 to 25 wt% of a perfume composition and in those embodiments of the invention which contain an increased level of top-notes it is envisaged at that least 20 wt% would be present within the encapsulate. Typical perfume components which it is advantageous to encapsulate include those with a relatively low boiling point, preferably those with a boiling point of less than 300, preferably 100 to 250 Celsius.

It is also advantageous to encapsulate perfume components which have a low LogP (i.e. those which will be partitioned into water), preferably with a LogP of less than 3.0.

Another group of perfumes with which the present invention can be applied are the so- called 'aromatherapy' materials. These include many components also used in perfumery, including components of essential oils such as Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Mace Extract, Neroli, Nutmeg, Spearmint, Sweet Violet Leaf and Valerian. By means of the present invention these materials can be transferred to textile articles that will be worn or otherwise come into contact with the human body (such as handkerchiefs and bed-linen). The volatile benefit agents also include insect repellent materials (where insect should be read broadly to include other pests which are arthropods but not strictly hexapods - for example ticks). Many of these materials overlap with the class of perfume components and some are odourless to humans or have a non-perfume odour. Commonly used repellents include: DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), essential oil of the lemon eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora) and its active compound p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), lcaridin, also known as Picaridin, D-Limonene, Bayrepel, and KBR 3023, Nepetalactone, also known as "catnip oil", Citronella oil, Permethrin, Neem oil and Bog Myrtle. Known insect repellents derived from natural sources include: Achillea alpina, alpha-terpinene, Basil oil (Ocimum basilicum), Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry), Camphor, Carvacrol, Castor oil (Ricinus communis), Catnip oil (Nepeta species), Cedar oil (Cedrus atlantica), Celery extract (Apium graveolens), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, leaf oil), Citronella oil (Cymbopogon fleusus), Clove oil (Eugenic caryophyllata), Eucalyptus oil (70%+ eucalyptol, also known as cineol), Fennel oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Garlic Oil (Allium sativum), Geranium oil (also known as Pelargonium graveolens), Lavender oil (Lavandula officinalis), Lemon eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora) essential oil and its active ingredient p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), Marigolds (Tagetes species), Marjoram (Tetranychus urticae and Eutetranychus orientalis), Neem oil (Azadirachta indica), Oleic acid, Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), Pyrethrum (from Chrysanthemum species, particularly C. cinerariifolium and C. coccineum), Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Spanish Flag Lantana camara (Helopeltis theivora), Solanum villosum berry juice, Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) and Thyme (Thymus species) and mixtures thereof.

The benefit agent may be encapsulated alone or co-encapsulated with carrier materials, further deposition aids and/or fixatives. Preferred materials to be co-encapsulated in carrier particles with the benefit agent include waxes, paraffins, stabilizers and fixatives.

Optional ingredients The formulation may comprise, by way of example: clays; enzymes, particularly: lipase, cellulase, protease, mannanase, amylase and pectate lyase; cleaning polymers, including ethoxylated polyethylene imines (EPEI) and polyester soil release polymers; chelating agents or sequestrants, including HEDP (1 -Hydroxyethylidene -1 ,1 ,-diphosphonic acid) which is available, for example, as Dequest® 2010 from Thermphos; detergency builders; hydrotropes; neutralising and pH adjusting agents; optical brighteners; antioxidants and other preservatives, including Proxel®; other active ingredients, processing aids, dyes or pigments, carriers, fragrances, suds suppressors or suds boosters, chelating agents, clay soil removal/ anti-redeposition agents, fabric softeners, dye transfer inhibition agents, and transition metal catalyst in a composition substantially devoid of peroxygen species. These and further possible ingredients for inclusion are further described in WO2009/153184.

Packaging

The compositions may be packaged in any form of container. Their shear thinning properties means that they may be dispensed from a squeezy bottle, from a pump dispenser, from a trigger spray dispenser or by being simply poured from a bottle. The most advantageous form of packing is the type where the product is poured from a bottle, possibly into a measuring cup. The controlled high pour viscosity of the compositions as claimed makes the compositions ideally suited to this mode of dispensing. Typically a plastic bottle with a detachable closure/pouring spout. The bottle may be rigid or deformable. A deformable bottle allows the bottle to be squeezed to aid dispensing. If clear bottles are used they may be formed from PET. Polyethylene or clarified polypropylene may be used. Preferably the container is clear enough that the liquid, with any visual cues therein, is visible from the outside. The bottle may be provided with one or more labels, or with a shrink wrap sleeve which is desirably at least partially transparent, for example 50% of the area of the sleeve is transparent. The adhesive used for any transparent label should not adversely affect the transparency.

The invention also provides a composition as described herein which is a laundry composition.

The invention also provides a method for treating fabrics by applying a composition according to any preceding claim in a wash liquor to fabric.

Unless otherwise indicated, ratios, percentages, parts, and the like, referred to herein, are by weight. EXAMPLE

An anti-settling thickening polymer for use in the invention can be prepared as follows:

A 3 liter, 4 necked round bottom flask equipped with a mechanical stirrer, thermocouple, condenser and nitrogen sparge is charged with 430 g of deionized water and 4.7 g of sodium lauryl sulfate. The flask is then purged with nitrogen and its contents are warmed to 90 °C. Then a first initiator solution containing 0.33 g of ammonium persulfate dissolved in 10 g of deionized water is added to the flask. Then a monomer solution is gradually charged to the flask over a period of 107 minutes, wherein the monomer solution contains 633 g deionized water, 18 g of sodium lauryl sulfate and the desired amounts of each of ethyl acrylate (EA), methacrylic acid (MAA), 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS) and a lipophilically modified monomer (LIPO) having the following structure:

R- OCH CH V-0

wherein R 1 is a linear saturated C12-14 alkyl group; R 2 is selected from hydrogen or methyl; R 2 is selected from hydrogen or methyl, preferably methyl; and n is an average of 20 to 28. Starting simultaneously with the monomer solution charge, a second initiator solution containing 0.33 g of ammonium sulfate in 49 g of deionized water is gradually charged to the flask over a period of 1 12 minutes. Following the monomer charge and the second initiator solution charge, the transfer lines are rinsed with deionized waterfollowed by a free radical catalyst and activator chase solution. The resulting latex product "Polymer" is then recovered.

Formulation composition:

pH: 6.2