Biodegradable Exfoliant, Binder Powders

May 3, 2010 | Contact Author | By: Katie Schaefer
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Micro Powders Inc. will launch biodegradable powders at the NYSCC Suppliers' Day that are made from renewable resources for formulation into exfoliants, lotions and color cosmetics.

Ecoscrubs are non-irritating scrubs and exfoliating powders produced from naturally derived, high molecular weight polymers. The scrubs are available in a variety of particle sizes to allow the formulator flexibility in controlling the degree of abrasiveness and scrubbing action that is desired. Ecoscrub 20PC (INCI: Polylactic Acid) has a maximum particle size of 840 microns, whereas Ecoscrub 50PC (INCI: Polylactic Acid) has a maximum particle size of 297 microns and Ecoscrub 100PC (INCI: Polylactic Acid) has a maximum particle size of 150 microns. According to the company, the scrub provides the same performance of polyethylene powders but from a biodegradable source. The scrubs are designed for scrubbing soaps, foot scrubs, exfoliating face scrubs, body scrubs, creams, liquids, gels and lotions.

EcoSoft is a finely micronized biodegradable powder that is produced from renewable resources. Ecosoft 608 (INCI: Polylactic Acid) is produced from 100% polylactic acid, whereas Ecosoft 611 (INCI: Polylactic Acid (and) Copernecia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) is a combination of polylactic acid and prime yellow carnauba wax. These polymers are melted together then micronized in order to provide a more homogenous blend of the two. Ecosoft powders provide slip and improved sensory in creams, lotions and powder applications. They are, however, ideally suited as binders in pressed powder applications.