Guanidine was first synthesized in 1861 by the oxidative degradation of an aromatic natural product, guanine, isolated from Peruvian guano. The commercial route involves a two step process starting with the reaction of dicyandiamide with ammonium salts. It is a strong organic base.
The carbonate salt finds many uses in cosmetics and toiletries especially as a hair-straightener and hair relaxant (in Afro-ethnic hair) and as a depilatory cream.
Cosmetic Raw Materials
|Formula||NH2C(=NH)NH2 · ½H2CO3|
|Storage Conditions||Room temperature|
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