Cosmetics & Perfume

Cosmetics & Perfume industryIn the Cosmetic industry, Shellac has applications in a wide range of natural products because of its good adhesion properties and its ability to provide a moisture barrier and ultra-violet light protection. Shellac is generally recognised as non-toxic, hypoallergenic and physiologically safe.

Shellac is best known as a constituent in nail varnish treatments, providing a glossy finish and protective water resistant seal that helps to improve the durability of the nail polish. It is also used as a binder for mascara and eyeliners, as well as the micro-encapsulation of fragrances and perfume oils. In addition, Shellac is used as a glossy coating in hair sprays (aerosols and pump sprays), hair shampoos, lacquers and setting lotions. It also acts as a natural emulsifier for body-lotion and other emollients. Shellac wax is used in lipsticks, lip balms and salves.

In Europe, Shellac is recognised for use in natural cosmetics by COSMOS (the COSMetic Organic Standard).

A.F. Suter is a leading UK supplier, retailer, wholesaler, distributor, importer and exporter of high quality Shellac, Waxes, Natural Gums, Resins, Menthol Crystals and Zein.

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