In the Personal Care 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 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 products 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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