Impact Colors has created a new line of candelilla bead exfoliators as alternatives to polyethylene microbeads for skin care and oral care. Nature XFol is a line of exfoliating beads in a variety of colors that are natural, biodegradable and safe for skin.
Nature XFol is mostly comprised of candelilla wax, with the addition of castor oil and pigments. The line is offered in different particle sizes in shades of white, yellow, red, blue and green.
Candelilla wax is obtained from the candelilla plant, which grows wild in the dessert in Northern Mexico and Southern Texas. In order to protect itself from adverse weather conditions and to help retain water, the plant exudes a grayish powder to cover its surface, mostly comprised of wax. The wax is extracted by using a very mild form of citric acid that is less stressful on the environment, safer for the harvesters and that produces a purer wax. The candelilla is harvested by boiling the leaves and stems further processed. Candelilla wax is a 100% natural substance, hard, stable, protective and easily moldable. Its distinctive properties make it an essential ingredient for the manufacturing of cosmetics, gum base, inks, dyes, adhesives, coatings, emulsions, polishes and pharmaceutical products.
The line exfoliates but also leaves a moisture sensation on the skin after exfoliation. They are gentle, non-irritating and chemically stable. For skin care (creams, lotions, gels, bath soap, bath cleansers and facial cleansers), the line offers blue, green, red, yellow and white varieties in sizes 150-250 µm and 250-245 µm. For example Nature XFol Blue 200 (INCI: Candelilla Wax (and) Castor Oil (and) Ultramarine Blue) is a blue exfoliator sized 150 - 250 µm, while Nature XFol Green 325 (INCI: Candelilla Wax (and) Castor Oil (and) Ultramarine Blue (and) Yellow 5) is a green exfoliator sized 250 - 425 µm. The line also offers the beads in the same sizes in blue and green shades for oral care. For example, Nature XFol Blue 200 OC (INCI: Candelilla Wax, Blue 1) is sized 150 - 250 µm, whereas Nature XFol Blue 325 OC (INCI: Candelilla Wax (and) Blue 1) is sized 250 - 425 µm.