Cosmetic Products and Plastic Microbeads Alternatives

Composition Materials Co. has over 30 years of experience in natural cosmetic ingredients, including apricot shell and walnut shell scrubs, as well as all-white tagua for use in personal care formulations.

Walnut Shell for Cosmetics

Figure 1. Walnut Shell for Cosmetics. Image Credit: Composition Materials

Natural Cosmetic Raw Materials

Composition Materials produces sustainable, all-natural and environmentally friendly exfoliants from the by-products of naturally-occurring sources, such as the shells of fruits and nuts. Composition Materials supplies these products as microbead replacements to cosmetic manufacturers all over the world.

Microbead Replacements

Many companies worldwide, including cosmetics companies, manufacture personal care items, soaps and skincare products, with microbeads in their composition. The primary material used in the production of plastic microbeads is polyethylene. In a single product, there may be up to thousands of tiny microplastic beads present.

When microbeads are washed down drains, these tiny particles of plastic travel in water and eventually reach bodies of water like rivers, seas and oceans. Instead of deteriorating, these microbeads reduce into even smaller particles when they are exposed to UV light.

Why is Replacing Microbeads Significant?

Plastic microbeads can impact wildlife and marine life as well as food supply through the accumulation of these tiny plastic beads. The result of this detrimental impact is that many countries have banned the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics.

For example, the 2015 Microbead Free Waters Act in the United States banned all cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads from the start of 2017. Across Europe and Asia, many cosmetics companies followed suit.

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Alternatives to Microbeads from Composition Materials

Sustainable-thinking cosmetic companies have been finding alternatives to microbeads in abrasive grains from naturally-occurring sources like apricot shells and walnut shells in personal care products (Figures 1 and 2). Such all-natural products are produced in sizes preferred by cosmetics formulators.

Apricot Pit Shell for Cosmetics

Figure 2. Apricot Pit Shell for Cosmetics. Image Credit: Composition Materials

Natural Alternatives to Microbeads

Products like milled walnut shells and apricot shells are utilized for their exfoliating properties. Recently, Composition Materials introduced a new sustainably sourced exfoliation ingredient in the form of ground Tagua - this material has an ivory-white color - which can be very attractive to cosmetics formulators.

Tagua Natural White Exfoliant.

Figure 3. Tagua Natural White Exfoliant. Image Credit: Composition Materials

Tagua - A Naturally White Exfoliant

Green products have been provided by Composition Materials for nearly 100 years providing all-natural solutions to a range of industries across the globe.

For more information, please visit the Composition Materials website, where the full details of Composition Materials and details of their sustainable cosmetic ingredients can be found.

Composition Materials

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Composition Materials.

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