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Cosmetic Ingredient Information

This page contains product data/descriptions for all the raw materials / ingredients we sell, excluding fragrances and essential oils. This data is also in the product descriptions on each product's page in the ordering system, but listed here all on one page for your convenience and so you can see all the ingredients we carry. For data on our essential oils, please see our Essential Oils Info page. For INCI names for product labelling, please see our INCI Ingredient Name Translator page.

This page was last updated November 28, 2021

- nature identical   
A soothing, healing and skin conditioning agent valued for use in creams and lotions for these properties and as a skin protectant. Allantoin is found in many plants, such as comfrey, horse chestnut and bearberry. Although allantoin can be isolated from these plants, the allantoin used in cosmetics and personal care products is a manufactured ingredient. The allatoin we stock is RonaCare® Allantoin, a 'nature-identical' (a complete synthesis of the original structure) product free from animal-derived raw materials. A white, odourless, crystalline powder, soluble in water and alcohol. Nontoxic, nonirritating and nonallergenic. It has been called a counter irritant that helps alleviate the irritating effects of soap, surfactants, oils, acidic and alkaline ingredients. Allantoin works by hastening the healing processes of the body, helping the skin to help itself. In texts such as the Merck Index, British Pharmaceutical Codex and the United States Dispensatory it has also been termed a cell proliferant, chemical debrider and epithelization stimulant. It has been said that allantoin can clean away necrotic tissue, speeding the growth of new healthy tissue. Since it stimulates healthy new tissue growth, healing epithelization may take place. The FDA has only recognized it as a skin protectant, not as a wound healing agent. As a skin protectant, allantoin has long been known to enhance creams and lotions. It can be incorporated into all kinds of cosmetics including shampoos, foam baths, baby powders and lipsticks. It is also used in various dental preparations and in topical pharmaceuticals. While allantoin can be used in OTC products (cosmeceuticals) and statements made about it's properties, when added to a cosmetic product and no claims are made, the product remains a cosmetic. Use rate is 0.5 - 2.0% w/w. Small concentrations can be added to the water phase, to incorporate more than 0.5% into an emulsion, add during the cooling phase once the temperature has dropped below 50°C/122°F  
According to the manufacturer:
"RonaCare® Allantoin: Promote Cell Proliferation & Skin Repair
The main function of allantoin is to stimulate cell proliferation and to promote skin repair by enhancing the rebuilding of intact granulation tissue. In pharmaceutical applications, allantoin is used e.g. in the treatment of ulcers, slow-healing wounds, and burns. In cosmetics and skincare applications, allantoin is used as an additive in numerous preparations where it displays its anti-irritant, cleansing, and healing properties. Allantoin is non-toxic, non-irritating and effective in low concentrations. In hair care, the keratolytic action of allantoin is used to break up dandruff scales. The amphoteric character of allantoin prolongs keratolytic activity. EMD Chemicals RonaCare® Allantoin is effective at low concentration levels.
Efficacy Studies: -Faster renewal of the upper layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum)   -Highest level of efficacy of allantoin is achieved when used topically   -Skin repair after: UV induced skin irritation, chemically induced skin irritation, mechanically induced skin irritation.
Key Properties and Claims   -Accellerated wound healing through cell proliferation   -Soothing, cleansing and healing of the skin   -Effective at low concentration levels   -Breaks up dandruff scales due to keratolytic action"
Chemical name: glyoxyl-diureide or 5-uredohydantoin, glyoxylic acid diureide. Molecular weight: 158.12. Melting range: 225°C Heavy metals: 10 ppm maximum. Solubility in water: 0.5% @ 25°C. CAS 97-59-6
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Almond Oil
- Prunus dulcis - Cold Pressed & Refined    
Also called sweet almond oil, obtained from the nut kernel of the sweet almond tree. A pale yellow vegetal oil widely used in aromatherapy, cosmetics and massage products. Used as the base oil for herbal infused oils and as a carrier oil for essential oils. Functions as a skin conditioning agent in a wide variety of products. Almond oil is rich in oleic acid and has been in use for centuries. Product of Italy.  SAP value: 192.3
Aloe Vera Extract, Organic
- Aloe barbadensis - Certified Organic   
This liquid extract of aloe vera leaves can be used in many ways including being incorporated in creams, lotions, sprays, gels, cleansers, moisturizers, hair care products and other cosmetics. Used as an emollient, skin conditioning agent, external analgesic, humectant. The properties of the Aloe plant to soothe and moisturize dry, damaged and irritated skin is widely known. Safe and gentle enough for daily use. Water soluble. Add to the water phase of your formula. Also called Aloe Vera Gel Decolorized, the equivalent of 1X strength. It is basically the liquid from the aloe vera leaf with the solids and color removed, leaving a clear water like liquid that is full strength aloe. This product is not only a fabulous ingredient in formulas, but shines as the ultimate summer skin saver when packaged full strength in a spray bottle for after sun care. Also called Aloe Vera Juice. Preserved with food grade preservatives for a long and stable shelf life. This is a highly refined grade of Aloe Vera Gel for use in cosmetics, toiletries and O.T.C. pharmaceuticals including first aid sprays, topical analgesics, anti-acne products, sun and after sun care preparations and more. The processor begins with freshly harvested leaves of the Aloe Barbadensis Miller variety of Aloe. The inner gel (fillet) is carefully removed to minimize disruption of the Aloin layer and further processed to remove the pulp and fiber. The gel is decolourized via carbon filtration to remove residual aloin and reduce odor to ensure color stability and to minimize aloe's inherent pungency. The gel is then concentrated utilizing low temperature evaporation and preserved with globally recognized food grade preservatives. The presence of polysaccharides is guaranteed. Use rate is 1.0 - 100.0 %. With percentages nearing 100% ("SSE" Single Strength Equivalent) the Aloe is stable and highly effective, but levels as low as 10% can enhance the function of many products. If you wish to meet the International Aloe Science Council certification requirements, your finished product must contain minimum 15% Aloe. Appearance: Colorless Liquid (darkens with age)   Odor: Slight Vegetable   pH 3.5 - 5.0 (4.28)   Specific Gravity: 0.997 - 1.004 (1.001)   Garner Color: <1   Total Solids: 0.5% minimum   Micro: No pathogens present   Certified for content and purity by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) and meets the following: Total Solids NLT .46%   Malic Acid NLT 817.8 mg/L   Calcium NLT 98.2 mg/L   Magnesium NLT 23.4 mg/L   Preserved with Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate and Citric Acid.  Product of the USA. Additional data sheets, and both USDA NOP and EU Organic Certificates available on request.
Aloe Vera Gel
- Aloe barbadensis   
The semi-solid gel from the center of the leaves has been used for thousands of years. Aloe vera gel is widely used on burns for it's healing, soothing and moisturizing qualities. Is used in many cosmetic products including after sun, cleansers, moisturizers, lotions, hair care, sun care and more. The gel we carry is a stabilized (thickened) clear gel with a shelf life that is ready to use and can be used on it's own full strength or as an ingredient. Often used by estheticians to be applied after waxing, laser and other treatments. A clear gel base that can have essential oils added. Popular as a base for glitter gels. Can be used as the moisturizing part of a premium pumpable hand sanitizer formula to compensate for the drying effect of alcohol. Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Decylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate
Annatto Powder
- Bixa orellana   
An extract of annatto seeds and cornstarch. Also called achiote or achuete, a natural food coloring and spice used in Eastern and Mexican cuisine. The annatto we carry is both water and oil soluble and can be added to the lye/water or oil in soap for different shades of yellow and orange. Added to the lye/water it can yield a very pale yellow, added to the oils can give a rich butter yellow. Annatto is permanently listed as a cosmetic color additive exempt from certification by the FDA, with no restrictions for cosmetic use. The color is light fast.
Apricot Kernel Oil
- Prunus americana - Cold Pressed    
The oil is extracted from the fleshy inner part of the stone. From the same family as the almond, it has similar uses and properties. Used as a carrier/base oil in aromatherapy and massage oil blends, an emollient in cosmetic products. A nice additive oil in soap. Product of the USA. SAP value: 190.0
Argan Oil
- Argania Spinosa - Deodorized    
Pressed from the nuts/seeds of a tree in Morocco, this 100% pure oil is harvested and produced by Berber women in fair trade cooperatives, supporting women's rights. Ecosystem reforestation and a biosphere reserve ensure sustainability. Valued for it's properties in skin and hair care use, this oil is high in Vitamin E, phytosterols, squalene and essential fatty acids. Said to be helpful for all kinds of skin issues including acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, scars, sun care, wrinkles and aging skin. Also used in hair care products and mani/pedi care. This non-comedogenic oil has become popular used directly on the skin 100%, or in formulas. Unlike some other precious oils, has a stable shelf life. Deodourized to remove the characteristic natural nutty scent that may be undesirable for cosmetic uses. Fatty Acid Profile: Palmitic: 10.0-15.0%   Stearic: 4.3-7.2%   Oleic: 43.0-50.0%   Linoleic: 29.0-37.0%   SAP value: 180.0 - 200.0 Product of Morocco.
Arnica Oil
- Arnica cordifolia   
The infused oil can be used as part of a blend or added to cosmetics and soap. The oil our arnica flowers are infused in is sweet almond, 1:5. Arnica has traditionally been used externally to treat bruises and sprains. Product of the UK.
Arrowroot Powder
- Maranta arundinaceae    
Arrowroot is a perennial plant native to the West Indies but also grown in other regions including South Asia, South America, Australia, Africa and the US. When the plant is less than a year old, the starch is extracted from the rhizomes, which are washed and pulped and then mixed with water. The fibers are hand-wrung to capture the liquor and the starch is dried in the sun. This starch from the rhizome/root of the plant has traditionally been used as a medicinal herb, including for digestive disorders, as well as food. Most are familiar with arrowroot cookies, which is but one use as a flour. For those who cannot tolerate gluten, it's the perfect replacement for wheat flour. As a starch it has similar uses to cornstarch and others, but with other advantages. Acidic ingredients like fruit do not affect it's ability to make clear sauces and glazes and it can be used to thicken foods at much lower temperatures than other starches without affecting flavour. It's ability to hold up well to freezing makes it uniquely suitable for use in recipes that will be frozen. It's even used in homemade ice cream to prevent ice crystal formation. For use as a starch or flour alternative, 1:1 for replacing flour and 2:1 for cornstarch. When used in something like a stir fry, first mixed with a cool liquid like chicken broth, it doesn't need to be boiled to thicken and there's no starchiness to cook off. For use in cosmetics this non-toxic fine white powder is an alternative to talc. Used to help moisturizers penetrate the skin. Topically has been used to soothe bites and sores either as a home remedy paste or in ointments or oral medicines. One of the most popular veggie / vegan powders for use in natural products including body powders. Product of Thailand.
Ascorbic Acid USP
Powdered natural pharmaceutical grade vitamin C. Water soluble. White crystalline powder. Also known as L-ascorbic acid. Used as an anti-oxidant and in anti-aging preparations. Can be used up to 15% in creams and lotions for improving fine lines, skin tone and elasticity. Also used as a pH adjuster and skin conditioning agent. Sometimes used in combination with baking soda, in place of citric acid, for fizzing vitamin bath salts or seltzers. PH: 2.44   Mesh: 40 - 80   USP 32 / BP / FCC / Kosher   Product of China.
Avocado Oil, Refined
- Persea americana   
A great emollient for use in cosmetics and added to soaps. Can be used alone or in a face oil blend, and while it is very moisturizing for the skin, it absorbs in quickly and is not heavy or greasy. An excellent emollient for creams and lotions. A lovely nutrient oil in soap. Golden yellow in colour. Product of Mexico. SAP value: 187.5
Avocado Oil, Unrefined
- Persea americana   
A great emollient for use in cosmetics and added to soaps. Can be used alone or in a face oil blend, and while it is very moisturizing for the skin, it absorbs in quickly and is not heavy or greasy. An excellent emollient for creams and lotions. A lovely nutrient oil in soap. Natural rich dark green in colour. Product of the USA. SAP value: 187.5
Baking Soda
- Natural Sodium Bicarbonate USP Powdered No. 1   
A very useful product used in everything from baking to cleaning, is one of the main ingredients in fizzing bath seltzers and used in bath salts. Functions as deodorant agent, pH adjuster, buffering agent, abrasive, skin protectant and oral care ingredient. Meets Food Chemicals Codex. CAS No.: 144-55-8   Product of the USA.
Beeswax Pastilles, White NF
A product of honey bees. This natural product is bleached and deodorized. In the form of white pastilles. Used in combination with borax in water-in-oil emulsions where it forms a type of soap that acts as an emulsifer in creams and lotions. Used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products including lipbalms, soaps, lotion bars, creams, salves, ointments and more. Specific gravity: 0.950-0.960    Melting point: 61-65°C/142-149°F    SAP value: 88-102    Acid value: 17-24    Ester value: 72-79    Iodine value: 8-11    Ester-acid ratio: 3.3-4.2    Composition: 45-55% monoesters, 15-18% hydrocarbons, 10-15% free fatty acids, 8-12% di and complex esters, 5-10% minor components, 4-6% hydroxy monoesters, 1-2% free fatty alcohol. CAS#: 8006-40-4    Product of the USA.
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene   
An anti-oxidant used to extend the shelf life and delay rancidity of oils and fats in foods and cosmetics. Used to treat oils for soap. It is a white crystalline powder similar in appearance to refined sugar. It has a high melting point and must be well mixed into the oil(s). To use in soapmaking, heat up a portion of the oil(s) to be treated to 160°F+ and slowly stir the BHT into the oil. When it is totally dissolved and well mixed, stir the oil into the rest of your oils and stir well. This is done prior to adding the lye/water to the oils. Usage rate for BHT is .01% - .1% w/w (by weight), .05% w/w is typically used for treating soapmaking oils. For treating 10 pounds of oils you would use approximately .08 oz. or 2.27g of BHT, or about 2 tsp. Best used in soap along with tetrasodium EDTA, as the EDTA ties up the metal ions and helps the BHT to work better, but also BHT alone will tend to yellow the soap. BHT can be used to treat oils for use in cosmetics other than soap. Liquid oils with shorter shelf lives are best treated as soon as you receive or open them.
- Pentahydrate   
Sodium borate. Borax works in many personal care products such as cosmetic creams, skin lotions, hair shampoos, dyes and gels, bath salts and denture cleaners. Used as a water softener and laundry product, like baking soda has many cleaning uses. Is a mild alkali, used in combination with beeswax, that forms a kind of soap that is used as an emulsifier in creams (water in oil emulsions). The ratio of beeswax to borax is 16:1 to 20:1. When combined with guar gum and water it forms a gel. Found in recipes for laundry and other soaps, used in combination with sodium carbonate in commercial bath salts and as an alternative to automatic dishwasher detergent. Also used as an insecticide. There are different kinds of borax, for most uses it doesn't matter which one you use. We used to carry the tetraborate/tetrahydrate, but are now stocking 5 mol granualar pentahydrate, which is also anhydrous. Tetra means there are 4 molecules of water, penta is 5, deca is 10. So if your formula is based on the tetraborate borax, you would use 1.45 times as much of the pentahydrate or 1.9 times as much of the decahydrate. Canadian cosmetic regulations state concentration of borax in cosmetics should not exceed 5%. Appearance: White granules crystalline. Common Name: Borax Pentahydrate, Borax 5 mol Granular. Chemical Name: Di- Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate (Na2B4O7.5H2O). Purity: 99.90% Minimum. B2O3 : 47.75 % Minimum. Na2O: 21.41 % Minimum. SO4 : 70 ppm   CI : 50 ppm   Fe : 10 ppm   Structure: crystalline. CAS No.: 12045-88-4   Bulk Density: 992 Kg/m3   Specific gravity: 1.810   Solubility in water: 1.5 % (@ 20°C)   pH: 9.24 (1.0 % solution (@ 20°C)   Odor: Odorless. Molecular Weight: 291.30    MSDS click here
Calcium Carbonate FCC
Ground from pure natural limestone mined in the USA. Widely used as a calcium supplement and extender in applications such as flour, cake mixes, cereals, chewing gum, cornmeal, crackers and more. In confections and foods it's used as a release agent and texturizer. A source of calcium in baked products. Used as a filler, whitener, neutralizer, pH modifier and buffer in cosmetics. In toothpaste as a tooth polisher and with talc in powders to remove the shine. Calcium carbonate is a white, odourless, tasteless, non toxic adsorbent powder. Processed by Specialty Minerals in Adam, MA USA. Trade name Vicron 15-15, meets the Food Chemicals Codex. Kosher. Food Grade. Mean Particle Size: 3.5 microns    Specific Gravity: 2.7    CAS no. 1317-65-3
Calendula Flower Powder
- Calendula officinalis    
Powdered calendula petals. Can be used in soaps, masks, scrubs and other products. Imparts shades of gold and yellow to soap. 40 mesh size. Product of Egypt.
Calendula Oil
- Calendula officinalis    
An infused oil of calendula petals in sweet almond oil, 1:3. Calendula (pronounced ka-len'-joo-la), is also called "Pot Marigold" but is not the same as common marigold, or tagetes. Calendula is said to be healing and helpful for conditions like acne, eczema and everything from bruises and spider veins to boils. Can add some lovely moisturizing properties to lotions and soap. Product of the UK.
Candelilla Wax NF
- Euphorbia cerifera   
Euphorbia cerifera A vegetable wax from a plant that grows in southern Texas and northwestern Mexico. This natural product is extracted by boiling the shrub. The wax is then refined so the end product is a light yellow pastille (bead). Non-toxic and non-irritating. Candelilla is used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products including lip products. Has film forming and water repellent qualities. Suited for uses where a firm product is desired. Can be used to add hardness to other waxes without increasing melt point. Can be used as a glazing agent in food, confections and pharmaceuticals. A vegan alternative to beeswax and for gelling oils in nutraceutical applications. Specific gravity: 0.9820-0.9930 Melting point: 68.5-72.5°C/155.3-162.5°F SAP value: 43-65 Acid value: 12-22 Ester value: 40-47 Iodine value: 19-44 Unsaponifiable matter: 50-65% Refractive index: 1.4555 Composition: 50-65% hydrocarbons, 27-35% monoesters, 10-15% alcohols, sterols, natural resins, 7-10% fatty acids. CAS#: 8006-44-8 The grade of candelilla wax we stock complies with the NF monograph and is suitable for use in food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications as well as in lip products and other cosmetics. GMO free, Kosher, NPA, GRAS, not tested on animals. Product of the USA
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides
see Coconut Oil, Fractionated
Caramel Colour
- Double strength caramel colour   
A natural colour widely used in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. A dark brown liquid with functionality across a wide range of pH from 2 - 10. Easy to work with due to it's low viscosity. Cost effective, high tinctorial power and excellent microbiological stability. Caramel colours are based on the cooking of sugars and starches, usually from corn. In a product like a soft drink, it will also act as an emulsifier keeping flavours in suspension. It's light protection quality can help prevent oxidation of those flavours. Gives the eggnog colour when added to milk. Combined with Red 40 to create Dutch Chocolate shade in chocolate milk. Blues and yellows can be added to give a more brown colour. Permanently listed as a cosmetic color additive exempt from certification by the FDA, with no restrictions for cosmetic use. Colour Intensity: 250-265  Specific Gravity: 1.25-1.259   pH: 2.7-3.3  Colloidal Charge: Negative
Carrot Tissue Oil
- Helianthus annus (and) beta-carotene   
A rich orange oil from beta carotene from the roots infused in sunflower oil which can be added to soap and other cosmetics. An emollient used in moisturizing formulas. Product of the UK.
Castor Oil Sulfated (Turkey Red)
- Ricinus communis   
This oil from the castor bean has been treated with sulfuric acid, which is then washed out and neutralized with sodium hydroxide leaving a water soluble oil with unique characteristics. Sulfated Castor Oil was the first synthetic detergent after regular soap. It's water dispersibility makes it a popular bath product ingredient. A primary ingredient in bath oils. It can emulsify other oils in water (up to 5%). Used in liquid soaps to provide emollience, and since it is already saponified does not need to be taken into account for the lye amount with the other oils. In bar soaps it's used at up to 1%. Also called Turkey Red Oil or Sulfonated Castor Oil. CAS 8002-33-3   SAP value: ~0   Product of the UK.
Castor Oil USP
- Ricinus communis   
This refined oil from the castor bean is used in all kinds of cosmetics and make up products as well as soaps. Sometimes called Palm Christi, this oil is available in various grades up to USP. The castor oil we carry is pale yellow in color and practically odorless. Castor oil is added to soap, shaving soap and shampoo bars for it's emollient properties and the dense lather it provides. Some soapers use it to help anchor fragrances and essential oils. Also used in lip products. Traditionally used as a laxative. Specific gravity: 0.961   SAP value: 180.3
Cetyl Alcohol NF
All Vegetable Base. A fatty alcohol derived from palm oil used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, emulsion stabilizer, viscosity stabilizer and opacifier. Gives emulsions body and stability, enhances texture, improves feel in creams and lotions. White to off-white oil and alcohol soluble flakes or beads. Biodegradable, practically non-toxic orally and it causes slight skin and practically no eye irritation. Typical use rate is 1%. Can be used at 2 - 30%. Acid value: 0.25   Iodine value: 0.8   Hydroxyl value: 227   Melting point: 47.5°C / 117°F   CAS 36653-82-4   Product of the USA.
Chamomile Flower Powder
- Matricaria chamomilla   
Powdered flowers from the same species as the German blue chamomile oil is distilled from. A wonderful skin care herb that can be used in masks, scrubs, soap and other cosmetics. In soap it gives gorgeous shades of gold and yellow.
Chromium Oxide Green
A pure inorganic pigment with high resistance and good stability. Olive green in color, insoluble in water and solvents, unaffected by acids and alkalis, inert, light fast, excellent heat resistance. Also called chrome oxide, chromium III, chromic oxide, chrome green, green cinnabar and dichromium trioxide. A green powder that can be added directly to soap, but is best incorporated by mixing with the water first. Provides a variety of shades of green depending on how much is used, the color of the soap base and whether used in combination with titanium dioxide (for paler shades) or iron oxide black (for darker shades). Permanently listed as a cosmetic color additive exempt from certification by the FDA, for use externally including the eye area. 1 tbsp weighs approximately 6g. Photo of test results in soap.
Citric Acid USP
Anhydrous. A crystalline powder originally derived from citrus fruit, now produced by pure microbial fermentation of glucose derived from corn products. Widely used in foods, beverages and cosmetics. Used to adjust pH in formulas including creams and lotions and other toiletries. A primary ingredient combined with baking soda in fizzing formulas like bath bombs, bath seltzers and fizzing bath salts. When citric acid and baking soda are combined and then mixed with water a chemical reaction occurs that releases carbon dioxide, thus the "fizz". Used as a buffering agent. Mixed with water to make an acid rinse for hair to lower pH after shampooing with soap. An alpha hydroxy acid used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. When used as an AHA according to Health Canada: "Permitted at total concentrations equal to or less than 10%, with a pH equal to or greater than 3.5. Preparations containing higher concentrations of AHAs may be permitted for professional use if the manufacturer provides Health Canada with evidence of their safety, pH levels, and the directions for use. The inner and outer labels of all leave-on skin products containing AHAs at concentrations equal to or greater than 3% shall carry cautionary statements to the effect: 'Use only as directed', 'Avoid contact with the eyes', 'If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician', 'It is recommended that prior to exposure to the sun, users cover areas where AHAs have been applied with sunscreen', 'Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency and duration.'  Preparations intended to be diluted in bath water may contain levels of citric acid exceeding 10%." Used as a preservative in food products. Acts as a chelating or sequestering agent and preservative that helps to prevent changes in colour, flavour, texture and appearance of products. Ph.Eur / USP / FCC    CAS No.: 77-92-9   C6H8O7    Made in Canada
Clay Powder, Bentonite
Highest quality Western Bentonite is an adsorbent, swelling type clay. A very fine grained volcanic ash clay added to clays to improve plasticity. A clay like mineral consisting largely of montmorillonite, and characterized by its high absorptive power and active colloidal properties. In drying masks it's not normally used as the predominant clay due to it's ability to absorb large quantities of water (thus making the mask product take a very long time to dry). It is however used in smaller quantities to make mask products more elastic. Also used to suspend pigments and absorb oil. Used as a thickener in lotions, creams, cleansers, shampoos, powders and deodorant products. In household products bentonite is used as a binder and thickener in various applications including liquid hand soaps, waterlesss hand cleaning gels, liquid cleaners, detergents, oven cleaners, aerosol products and more. Inert and non-toxic. Selectively-mined and processed, high-quality sodium bentonite is dry processed. Typical dry clay specifications: SiO2 63 - 65%  Al2O3 18.0 - 21.0%  K2O 0.3 - 0.6%  Na2O 2.2 - 2.6%  MgO 2.6 - 3.07%  CaO 0.59%  Fe2O3 2.3 - 3.2%  TiO2 0.16%   Low viscosity 200 mesh (74 micron) fine powder. Product of the USA
Clay Powder, Glacial
Natural oceanic glacier clay from the west coast of British Columbia. In it's natural state glacial marine clay has a moisture content of about 35%. Heating removes any bacteria and leaves a light powder with a moisture content of approximately 1.5% w/w. This clay is highly valued for it's properties, including negative ions, for cosmetic, spa and therapeutic uses. Pure and odourless, glacial clay can be the base for or an ingredient in many cosmetic and body care products. With diverse uses including equine care, glacial clay is featured in spa treatments, body masks, facial masks, scrubs, healing treatments, natural products, hair care products, bath products, salves, soaps and as a cosmetic ingredient in many different luxury products. Skin softening, exfoliating and oil balancing. Cleansing and detoxifying. Said to be helpful for smoothing wrinkles, stimulating circulation and promoting hydration. Used for skin disorders, athletes foot, acne, insect bites and more. Can be used as is in dry products, hydrated with water (or distillates etc.) for spa treatments and masks or incorporated into formulas. This clay is a fabulous mask product when simply hydrated with water to desired consistency, applied to the skin in a thin layer, allowed to dry, then rinsed off. INCI name: Canadian colloidal clay. Canadian natural glacial marine clay is a fine grey colloidal clay powder unique to this geographical region. Found in only 4 rare deposits on the central coast of BC and on Vancouver Island. Considered by many to be the best cosmetic clay in the world. Can be used as a superior replacement for dead sea mud, delft marl or French green montmorillonite clays.
pH: 6.5 - 7.3   Particle Size: <0.15 micron  
Composition analysis:   Silicon Dioxide 52.9%  Aluminum Oxide 15.4%   Iron Oxide 9.3%   Calcium Oxide 7.61%   Magnesium Oxide 5.29%   Sodium Oxide 3.14%   Potassium Oxide 1.0%   Barium Oxide 0.0403%   Manganese Oxide 0.164%   Phosphorus Oxide 0.1%   Strontium Oxide 0.04%   Titanium Dioxide 1.28%   Zirconium Dioxide 0.004%
Meets and exceeds worldwide heavy metal content regulations. ICP: Ultrasonic Nebulization ug/dry g: Arsenic <2.0   Lead 2.0
Rare-Earth Elements:   Cerium 36 ppm   Neodymium 25 ppm   Lanthanum 17 ppm  Samarium 4.4 ppm   Ytterbium 2 ppm   Europium 1 ppm. Product of British Columbia, Canada.
Clay Powder, Red
- Montmorillonite   
Airfloated. Montmorillonite is a complex aluminum/magnesium silicate clay. This clay is red in colour due to the 7% iron content. Can be used in similar ways to kaolin or in soap where it will yield colour. Can also be mixed with kaolin to make pink clay. Raw clay specifications: SiO2 64.27%  Al2O3 16.41%  Fe2O3 7.04%  TiO2 1.06%  MgO 1.55%  CaO 0.23%  Na2O 0.40%  K2O 4.07%   Product of the USA.
Clay Powder, White Kaolin
High quality water washed pulverized kaolin. Also called white or "China" clay, used in cosmetic masks and soaps. Does not expand with increasing water content. When adding clay to soap, do so just before adding fragrances, stirring the clay into a small amount of soap and then adding back to the soap pot or mix with the water. Usage rates would vary depending on what one was trying to accomplish, but using too much clay can make a soap gritty. Kaolin is a corruption of the chinese "Kauling" or high ridge. 1 tbsp. weighs about 6g. Mineral content (X-Ray Diffraction): Kaolinite (Al2O3-2SiO2-2H2O) - 97%  pH (10% Solids-Wt.): 5.8   Average particle size: 1.36 microns  Free moisture-Air floated: 1.0%   Typical chemical analysis: Si02 45.73%   Al203 37.36%   Fe203 0.79%   TiO2 0.37%   P2O5 0.236%   CaO 0.18%   MgO 0.098%   Na20 0.059%   K2O 0.33%   Product of the USA.
Clay Powder, Kaolin KR
Kaolin KR is a naturally occurring hydrated aluminum silicate. Careful processing results in soft, fine particles suitable for use in a variety of personal care products. Kaopolite® Kaolin KR has been specially designed for formulations where purity, bacteria control, and high whiteness are desired. Add to face and body scrubs, masks, lotions, creams, pressed powders, mascara, liquid foundations, hair care products, and more. Specifications: Whiteness (L value): 95   Moisture: 1.2%   pH at 20% solids: 4.2-5.2   Median Particle Size (microns): 0.6   Oil Absorption: 40   Wet Screen Residue (% +325 mesh): <0.03   Index of Refraction: 1.56   Specific Gravity: 2.58   Bulking Value (lb/solid gallon): 21.66   Brightness (%): 88   Lead % <0.001 (below 10ppm)  Made by Imerys. 18.14 kg bag   Product of the USA
Coarse Salt
See Salt, Coarse
Cocoa Butter
- Theobroma cacao - Pure Cocoa Butter    
A creamy yellow, hard brittle butter from cocoa beans. Used in many foods, cosmetics, soaps, natural products and health foods. A primary ingredient in lotion/massage bars, lip balms, lip butters, creams, lotions and body butters. Useful as a thickener, skin conditioner and emollient. Can be used alone as a lip moisturizer or massage oil as well. Melts on contact with the skin due to it's melting point being close to body temperature. Has an exceptionally long shelf life.
This is regular food grade cocoa butter, the type most widely used in foods and cosmetics. Kessko cocoa butter is pure and double filtered. Deodourized, so it has less of the characteristic chocolate aroma, and it won't interfere with other scents in a formula. In easy to use chips form (small flat pieces), standard packaging is a 5 kg box.   Specific gravity: 0.964   Melting point: 34.1°C/93°F   SAP value: 193.8  Product of Germany
Cocoa Butter, Raw
- Theobroma cacao - Raw Natural   
A dark brown, firm butter from cocoa beans. This is the rawest form of cocoa butter, before it is fractionated into regular cocoa butter and cocoa liquor. Has the appearance of dark chocolate. Rich and decadent. Contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) and elements normally removed in further processing. This grade of cocoa butter is desirable for exotic formulations. Is also used for healing purposes. Can be used for it's natural colour in creams, lotions and other body care products. As little as 3% in a lotion formula will make it the colour of a chocolate milkshake. The raw cocoa butter is excellent when combined with our wild crafted cocoa butter in a formulation, providing the rich colour of the raw with the mouth watering natural aroma of the wild crafted. Cocoa butters are used in many foods, most notably chocolate, cosmetics and soaps. A primary ingredient in lotion/massage bars, lip balms, lip butters and body butters. Useful as a thickener, skin conditioner and emollient.  Product of West Africa
Coconut, Creamed
- Cocos nucifera - Pure   
Also called coconut cream, contains only pure coconut and is used as an alternative to both fresh and desiccated coconut and coconut milk in foods, especially Thai style curries. Can be mixed with water and sieved to make coconut cream or coconut milk. A thick white paste at room temperature, a hard brittle mass when refrigerated. Can be added to soaps and shampoo bars. Melt with oils when using in soap. Also used in other products including creams.
Coconut, Fine
- Cocos nucifera - Pure   
Desiccated Macaroon coconut. A finely ground, unsweetened, dried coconut. Can be added to soaps, scrubs and other products as a natural exfoliant. For use in cooking and baking, it is equivalent to fine flake. Used to make coconut candy centers, and added to macaroon cookies for extra coconut flavor.
Coconut Milk, Organic
- Cocos nucifera - Organic   
A wonderful addition to soaps, both cp and rebatches. Can be used in place of cow's or goat's milk. When using in soap, add to your oils and subtract a similar amount from your water total. One 400 ml can is adequate in a 20 pound batch of soap, but more or less can be used. Most popularly used in the kitchen. Can replace most of the water when cooking rice to make a flavourful coconut rice. Also a wonderful addition to Thai style curry dishes. We stock Western Natural premium organic coconut milk that does not contain any preservatives. Ingredients: organic coconut milk, guar gum. Product of Thailand.
Coconut Oil, Fractionated - Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides
- Cocos nucifera   
One of the favorite oils of massage therapists for it's feel and resistance to rancidity (thus no rancid odors in sheets/table covers over time). A clear, thin liquid oil that is non-greasy and rapidly absorbs into the skin. The lighter fractions are physically separated (fractionated) from the whole coconut oil or obtained by esterifying the acids with glycerin. Fractionated coconut oil contains only small, saturated, or lower fatty acids and removes the C12 and C14 (lauric and myristic) acids. Is widely used in many cosmetics and blends as an emollient, known by it's cosmetic ingredient name of caprylic/capric triglyceride, especially where a long shelf life without the addition of anti-oxidants, or a lighter less greasy oil is desirable. Not derived from GMO sources, not irradiated. Product of Malaysia.
Coconut Oil RBD
- Cocos nucifera - RBD   
An odourless oil obtained from copra, or dried coconut meat. Refined, bleached and deodourized. A white solid at lower temperatures, clear liquid when melted. Has a melting point of 76°F, however hydrogenated versions are available commercially with a higher melting point of 92°F. Coconut oil (and olive oil) are good oils for use in cooking, frying and sauteing as they do not transform into trans-fatty acids upon heating. Coconut oil can be used to replace butter or margarine in recipes and is wonderful when flavoured with essential oils. Useful as an emollient in all kinds of cosmetics. Coconut oil has long been used for skin and hair care in the Pacific islands. Due to it's solidity at lower temperatures, it makes a nice base for massage and body oils. Coconut oil has also been used alone as a tanning oil. Widely used in soapmaking for it's lathering properties at 20-30% or less of the soaping oils. Provides fast bubbles and a soap that will lather even in sea water. Specific gravity: 0.924   Melting point: 24.4°C/76°F   SAP value: 268.0 Contains only pure coconut oil, from Malaysia &/or Indonesia &/or Philippines, packaged in Canada.
Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic
- Cocos nucifera - Natural   
A 100% pure cold pressed centrifuged extra virgin organic coconut oil from fresh coconut milk from Indonesia. Also called Virgin Oil de Coco-Crème. A white solid at room temperature, a clear liquid when melted. Melts easily and evenly, absorbs quickly into the skin leaving no oily afterfeel. Has a very light viscosity and retains the natural coconut aroma and sweet taste. Nutritionally wholesome. Said to be the most healthy oil to cook with. Contains substances of squallene, sterol, volatile components, and vitamin E. An emollient with antioxidant characteristics excellent for all skin types including dry, delicate and mature skin. Food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and clinical nutrition applications. Used in a variety of body care products and soaps. In a lotion or cream it's lovely natural scent can come through. Excellent for after sun use and for moisturizing after shaving or waxing. Melting Point: 26°C
Colour, Caramel
see Caramel Colour
Colours, Liquid
FD&C colours are approved for use in food, drugs and cosmetics. D&C colours are approved for use in drugs and cosmetics. The colours we carry are liquid for ease of use in toiletries and soap. For best results when trying to colour dry products like bath salts or bath seltzer mixes, mix with a little water (and/or glycerin if desired) and spray on the salts while mixing well. When used in most toiletries, including lotions, bath products and bath salts the colours are true, but in some products the effects may vary. Some FD&C colours are pH sensitive and will yield different results in cp soap, m&p and bath salts. The green does not do well in alkaline products like soap, however we have a green more suitable for use in higher pH formulations. The Teal Green is D&C Green 5 and works well in soap. Can be combined with the yellow to make other shades of green. All the other colours are FD&C. All the colours can be blended and used in varying amounts to yield different shades and effects. To make brown mix 2 parts orange, 1 part yellow and 1 part black. 1 kg of the liquid colours measures roughly 950 ml. Liquid colours have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months when stored properly at 68°F - 77°F. Recommended use rate: start evaluation at 0.1% and adjust accordingly. All these water soluble colours are in a base of water and propylene glycol, the other ingredients are listed under each color (INCI abbreviated names for FD&C colours):
Black Colour - Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5.
Dark Blue Colour - Blue 1.
Sky Blue Colour - Blue 1.
Green Colour - Yellow 5, Blue 1.
Orange Colour - Yellow 6.
Peach Colour - Yellow 5, Yellow 6.
Pink Colour - Red 3.
Purple Colour - Red 40, Blue 1.
Red Colour - Red 40.
Teal Green Colour - Green 5
Yellow Colour - Yellow 5.
Further information about the FD&C and D&C organic certified cosmetic dyes used to make our colours:
Blue 1 - Do not use above pH 8
Red 3 - Do not use below pH 6
Red 40 - Light and pH stable
Yellow 5 - Light and pH stable
Yellow 6 - Light and pH stable
Green 5 - Light and pH stable
Please note that "do not use" doesn't mean they can't be used in the mentioned pH ranges, but rather refers to the fact that the colours will morph. For example, Blue 1 when used in the 9.5 - 10 pH of cp soap will not stay blue, but will turn a rich royal purple (dark blue colour). Photos of our test results using each color in both cp and m&p soaps can be viewed here.
- Zea mays   
Used as an abrasive, adsorbent and to increase the viscosity in aqueous products. Can be used in emulsions to improve the feel or decrease greasiness. Widely used food starch product. Food Grade. Product of Mexico.
DPG USP - Dipropylene Glycol
DPG is a solvent, wetting agent and diluent for fragrances. Water-miscible, low volatility solvent and humectant for cosmetic applications. Solubilizer in water in oil systems. Can be used to make oleoresins and other solid essential oil products pourable. Can be used as a base to make essential oil based fragrances. Often used to dilute fragrances for scenting incense. Dipropylene glycol is a condensation product of 1, 2-propylene glycol. Clear, colorless, almost odourless, oily liquid. Miscible with common organic solvents and water. Less hygroscopic than diethylene and ethylene glycols and less volatile than ethylene glycol. Specific gravity: 1.021 - 1.025  Boiling point: 230°C/445°F.    Solidification point: -40°C    BP/USP grade. Product of Germany.
EDTA, Tetrasodium
- Versene* 220 Crystals / Tetrasodium EthyleneDiamineTetraAcetate tetrahydrate    
The tetrasodium salt of EDTA, the most suitable form for use in soap and most cosmetics. Can be used in a wide variety of personal care products to increase effectiveness and improve stability. In soap to improve hard water performance, rinsability and shelf life. A chelating agent, EDTA ties up metal ions in products, helping the anti-oxidant to work better and protecting other ingredients. Na4EDTA is the strongest, most versatile and widely used chelant for controlling metal ions over a broad pH range. It will not chelate monovalent metal ions such as sodium or potassium, but will chelate most multivalent metal ions (Fe, Cu, Mn, Ca, Mg, Zn) in a 1:1 molar ratio. The chelation reaction is virtually instantaneous in most cases. Calcium and other alkaline earth metals are most effectively chelated above pH 6. Tetrasodium EDTA chelates most transition metals below pH 12. Stable under widely varying conditions of temperature, acidity, alkalinity and the presence of other chemicals. It is attacked by strong oxidizing agents such as hypochlorite bleach however. If BHT is used as the anti-oxidant in your soap formula, it's recommended to use EDTA as well or the soap will tend to yellow if BHT is used alone. Appearance:  White crystalline powder    pH:  11 (1 wt% solution) Molecular Weight: 452.2 Water Solubility: 50.7 wt% at 25°C/77°F   Chemical Formula: C10H12N2O8Na4 or 4H2O CAS: 13235-36-4
Use method: Add to water phase of emulsions, or water/lye solution for soap. Conversion: To replace 1 measure (pound, kilo, gram) of Versene 100 (liquid), use 0.466 of Versene 220 Crystals. So for example if your formula currently calls for 100g of Versene 100 liquid, you would use 46.6g of Versene 220 Crystals. Conversely, to replace 1 measure of Versene 220 Crystals, you would use 2.15 times as much Versene 100 liquid. Use Rate: Based on the manufacturer's recommended use rate of 0.25% w/w for Versene 100, it would be 0.117% w/w for Versene 220 Crystals. In comparison to Versene 100, Versene 220 Crystals are useful in formulating dry products, or products where total water content must be kept to a minimum. There are also freight savings over the liquid EDTA. Versene 220 Crystals are a higher purity alternative to both the liquid Versene 100 and Versene powders. Because it is a crystallized product, it doesn't contain any of the impurities present in the powders or other EDTA products.
Why use Versene EDTA? Chelating agents provide reliable protection for the quality and shelf life of your products, prevent metals from reacting with your product or process, improve hard water performance, soften process water, keep metal ions in solution, offer unique light, thermal and pH stability, and since they're effective at low concentrations, reduces your ingredient costs.
*Versene is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company. For more information, and product MSDS please visit the manufacturer's web site.
Emulsifying Wax NF
- Polawax   
An easy to use, effective emulsifier for creams and lotions (oil in water type- o/w). Creamy white pastilles that are melted in the oil phase. Nonionic and produces stable emulsions, even at pH 13. Use rate should be roughly 10-20% of the oil phase by weight in lotions and creams. Can be used at 2 - 25%.
INCI name Emulsifying Wax NF. Trade name Polawax. These pastilles are a pleasure to work with. Pleasant light scent, yet does not add any odour to your formula. Can also increase thickness of a formula with a slightly higher percentage, eliminating the need for use of additional ingredients. Works excellent as the sole emulsifier, thickener and stabilizer in an emulsion. Compatible with other ingredients like stearic acid or cetyl alcohol though, so it can be used in combination if desired.
pH: 5.5 - 7.0   Melting point: 50-54°C   Hydroxyl value: 178-192   Iodine value: 3.5 Max.  Fatty alcohol assay; stearyl(C18)/cetyl(C16) proprietary. SAP value: 14.0 max.
Epsom Salt USP
Magnesium Sulphate Heptahydrate USP. A therapeutic base or ingredient in bath salts. A magnesium salt. Used in a wide variety of skin care products including moisturizers, cleansers, bath oils, hair care products, bath tablets and soaps. Also used as a bulking agent. The crystals are very visually appealing in bath salts as well. Has many other uses including as an exfoliant. A valued source of magnesium and sulfate for organic gardening. Non-toxic. CAS No.: 10034-99-8   Product of the USA. Product Brochure Click Here    Product Data Sheet Click Here    MSDS Click Here   For more info on magnesium sulfate click here to visit the Epsom Salt Council Web Site
Essential Oils
Please see our Essential Oils Info page
Evening Primrose Oil, Organic
- Oenothera biennis - Organic, Cold Pressed & Refined Min. 9% GLA   
A nutrient oil high in GLA - Gamma Linolenic Acid (Omega 6). Used as a food supplement. A valuable emollient and skin conditioning agent in skin care formulas. SAP value: 191.0   Product of the UK.
Fine Sea Salt
See Salt, Fine Sea
Natural or Natural/Artificial flavours in an oil soluble (vegetable oil) base. Formulated for flavouring lip balms, butters and edible body care products. Flavours can tend to taste flat, mainly their fragrance only, when used in a product with no sweetener. With a sweetener present the full flavour really comes out. As most sweeteners are water soluble, an emulsifier like Polysorbate 20 can be used. The flavours can also be used in formulas where a food grade fragrance is required. Shelf life of flavours is 6 to 12 months if stored properly at 68°F - 77°F. Specific gravity: 0.855 - 0.945   Recommended usage rate: start evaluating at 0.25% and adjust accordingly. Try blending different combinations. Can be coordinated with fragrances to scent/flavour match products. Our current line of flavours are as follows:
Blackberry - N/A
Cherry - N/A
Chocolate - N/A
Coffee - N/A
Grape Natural - Natural
Green Apple - N/A
Mango - N/A
Maple - N/A
Peach - N/A
Pina Colada - N/A
Raspberry Natural - Natural
Root Beer - N/A
Strawberry - N/A
Vanilla - N/A
Germall Plus, Liquid
Germall® Plus is a broad spectrum preservative available as a free flowing hygroscopic powder or liquid. We carry the Liquid Germall Plus (LGP). Water soluble and compatible with virtually all cosmetic ingredients. A patented combination of Germall II (Diazolidinyl Urea) and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC) that has a dual mode of action that achieves a synergistic preservative effect. This action is highly effective in inhibiting the growth of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeasts and molds without need of any additional preservatives. LGP is highly effective at low concentrations making it a cost effective preservative. With typical use rates of less than 0.5%, using Liquid Germall Plus to preserve a formula allows for the possibility of 99.5%+ natural or organic products. Fully compatible with cationic, anionic or nonionic surfactants, emulsifiers, botanicals and proteins. Liquid Germall Plus is a patented combination of Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall II), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC) and Propylene Glycol. The recommended use level range for Liquid Germall Plus is 0.1 - 0.5%. A level of 0.5% may be required for products containing proteins and other complex ingredients and formulas with a large percentage of natural or botanical ingredients. Liquid Germall Plus can be used up to 1.25% for both leave-on and rinse-off products. Soluble in cationic, anionic and nonionic water soluble formulations, as well as in the emulsified portion of o/w and w/o emulsions at temperatures of 50°C or below. It can be added directly to the water phase or to the emulsified portion of the formulations. Use in everything from creams and lotions to water based sprays. Compatible with virtually all raw materials, including proteins, botanicals, surfactants, and vitamins. This product has no known inactivators. LGP has many other benefits including easy to use, widely used and known as safe and effective, and Paraben-Free. Using LGP to preserve your formula allows use of the label claim "paraben free" which has become very popular lately. Liquid Germall Plus is effective over a broad pH range, from 3-8. Add during the cool down phase of processing at 122°F - 140°F. As with other preservatives and formulations, any new or altered products should be challenge tested for preservative efficacy. Composition: Propylene Glycol 60.00%, Diazolidinyl Urea (Germall II) 39.60%, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC)) 0.40%. Color: clear liquid   Odour: none or characteristically mild   Nitrogen: 19.0 - 21.0%   Heavy metals: 10 ppm maximum. 1 L of Liquid Germall Plus weighs approximately 1.25 kg, 20kg is 16L. Note: Germall® is a registered trade mark of the manufacturer ISP / Sutton Laboratories.
Glitters are used in glitter gels and other products to add sparkle. Add to one of our gel bases; aloe vera, lavender, peppermint, seaweed & aloe, to make a glitter gel. Can be combined with micas and other colours for additional effects. Extra fine .008 hex Polyester. Our current range of colours are:
For photos of glitters please click here
Glycerin 99.5%
- USP (Kosher)   
Also called vegetable glycerin(e). Chemically an alcohol, glycerol, glycerin is a sweet, thick, clear liquid. Glycerin is a by product of soap manufacture, when you combine fats/oils (triglycerides) and a base, the end product is soap and glycerin. The glycerin comes off the triglyceride molecule. In commercial soap manufacture they remove all the glycerin because it's a valuable commodity to sell separately. Commercially glycerin is used in many industries and applications including the food industry and as a food grade machinery lubricant. In handcrafted soap the glycerin remains (which is why all handcrafted soap-opaque or otherwise-is true "glycerin" soap), but also extra glycerin can be added. Glycerin is used along with sugar and alcohol to make transparent soap. A valuable cosmetic ingredient as a solvent, humectant and emollient. When used as a humectant and to prevent drying of the product in lotions and creams, use rate is 2-5% of the water phase. Too much glycerin in an emulsion can produce a sticky feel. The chief ingredient in "edible" products found in love shops; when applied to the skin (and blown on) it feels warm. 1 L of glycerin weighs about 1280g. The glycerin we carry is a high quality vegetable source, refined, Kosher and USP/BP grade. Derived from non-GMO palm based oils. Not irradiated. Product of Malaysia.
Glyceryl Monostearate SE
An emulsifier and emulsion stabilizer, GMS SE is also used as an emollient and viscosity builder in creams and lotions. Used as an opacifying and pearlizing agent in surfactant systems. Biodegradable and practically non-toxic orally and it causes no skin and minimal eye irritation. Dispersible in water, soluble in oil and alcohol. White to cream coloured flake, anionic and mild in odour. SE stands for Self Emulsifying. Acid value: 15   Iodine value: 1.5   Melting point: 58°C / 136°F
Grape Seed Oil
- Vitis vinifera - Expressed & Refined    
A light carrier/base oil used widely in aromatherapy, massage and cosmetics. A rich and economical source of linoleic acid (Omega 6). Pressed from the seeds of grapes. Product of Italy.
Green Tea Extract
- Camellia sinensis   
One of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants, this extract has become a popular cosmetic ingredient. Purported to reduce inflammation when used topically, green tea extract is used in many skin and sun care products. Typical use rate is 1 - 1.5%. We carry the powdered extract with minimum 50% polyphenols. Water extract of the leaf, extract ratio 10:1   Tea Polyphenols (By UV): 54.35%    Tea Catechins (By HPLC): 34.21%   EGC: 4.62%   DL-C: 2.73%   EGCG: 16.41%   EC: 3.06%   GCG: 3.03%   ECG: 4.36%   Caffeine: 3.95% (HPLC)
Guar Gum
- Cyamopsis tetragonoloba   
A high molecular weight carbohydrate derived from the natural seed of the guar plant. Guar has been cultivated in India for centuries and India accounts for approximately 80% of the total produced worldwide. Guar seeds are separated from the plant and dried. Refined Guar splits are first obtained by roasting, dehusking, and polishing. These splits are then pulverized and tailor made in various mesh sizes and of required viscosity for usage in different industries. Guar Gum powder is manufactured by mechanical extraction of endosperm from the guar seed. The most important property of guar gum is its ability to hydrate rapidly in cold or hot water to attain uniform and very high viscosity at relatively low concentrations. Another advantage is that it provides full viscosity even in cold water. As well as being the most cost effective stabilizer and emulsifier, it enhances texture, enhances mouth feel, and controls crystal formation due to superior water binding properties. Inert in nature and is resistant to oil, greases, and solvents. It also has excellent synergy with several other hydrocolloids, particularly Xanthan Gum. A product with diverse applications including as a thickener, stabilizer, emulsifier, moisture retention agent, dough conditioner, gelling agent, binder and suspending agent. Used in many industries including foods and cosmetics. Used as a binder in making incense. Has 5-8 times the thickening power of starch. Can be combined with borax and water to form a gel. A food grade fine white to pale yellow powder with medium viscosity. This product attains a cold water viscosity of 3500 cps after hydrating for 2 hours. CAS# 9000-30-0   Chemical Analysis: pH 5.50 - 6.50   Moisture 12.0% max   Protein 6.0% max   Ash 1.0% max   Air 6.0% max   Fat 1.0% max   Gum Content 78.0% min   Granulation: On 40 mesh - nil   On 100 mesh - traces   Through 200 mesh 90% min   Food Grade   Kosher   Product of India / USA.
Hazel Nut Oil
- Corylus avellana - Cold Pressed & Refined   
An emollient oil from the nuts, which contain on average 40% oil. Similar to olive and almond oils in profile and function. SAP value: 195.0  Product of the USA.
IPM - Isopropyl Myristate
IPM Has a dry, velvety, non-oily feel due to it's ready absorption into skin. It is used in premium formulations for velvety emolliency. An emollient ester, it is used in creams, lotions and bath preparations for adjusting the rub-in and after feel. Also used for thickening, viscosity control and pigment dispersing, and as a solvent/diluent for fragrances. Use at 2% in emulsions.
Iron Oxide, Black
Black inorganic powdered pigment used to color cosmetics and soap. Can be used with other pigments to yield a darker shade. At typical use rates it colors soap shades of grey, but black may be obtainable with higher amounts. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 10g. Photo of test results in soap. Excellent lightfastness. Used in liquid foundation, pressed powder, eye make-up, mascara, lipstick, nail lacquer, lotion and more. Use of this color is limited to ingested or topically applied drugs and cosmetics. Also called Ferro Ferric Oxide, Magnetite, Ferric(ous) Oxide. Chemical formula Fe3O4. CI 77499
Iron Oxide, Brown
Brown/red powdered pigment used to color cosmetics and soap. Very pH and light stable. While some brown iron oxides on the market are a blend of yellow, red and black, ours is a browner shade of red iron oxide (medium blue). Excellent lightfastness. Used in liquid foundation, pressed powder, eye make-up, lipstick, nail lacquer, lotion and more. Use of this color is limited to ingested or topically applied drugs and cosmetics. Also called Ferric Oxide or Red Iron Oxide. Chemical formula Fe2O3. CI 77491  CAS 1309-37-1
Iron Oxide, Red
Red powdered pigment used to color cosmetics and soap. Although it is brick red/rust colored in powder form, in soap it yields a pinker shade. 1 tsp. in a 10 lb. batch of soap will give a rich colour. Can be combined with black oxide for darker shades of red or with titanium dioxide for shades of pink. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 10g. Photo of test results in soap. Excellent lightfastness. Used in liquid foundation, pressed powder, eye make-up, lipstick, nail lacquer, lotion and more. Use of this color is limited to ingested or topically applied drugs and cosmetics. Also called Ferric Oxide. Chemical formula Fe2O3. CI 77491  CAS 1309-37-1
Iron Oxide, Yellow
Yellow powdered pigment used to color cosmetics and soap. Similar results in soap to yellow ochre, but slightly less gold in colour. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 10g. Photo of test results in soap. Excellent lightfastness. Used in liquid foundation, pressed powder, eye make-up, lipstick, nail lacquer, lotion and more. Use of this color is limited to ingested or topically applied drugs and cosmetics. Also called Ferric Oxide Hydrate. Chemical formula Fe2O3H2O. CI 77492
Jojoba Oil, Golden
- Simmondsia chinensis - Golden Natural   
Although called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax from the seeds of a plant native to the desert regions of South Western US and northern Mexico . With an indefinite shelf life and it's chemical similarity to sebum, it is a valuable skin and hair care oil. Used in aromatherapy, to dilute costlier essential oils and absolutes and widely in many types of cosmetic products. SAP value: 97.5   Product of the USA.
Jojoba Oil, Refined
- Simmondsia chinensis - Clear   
Although called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax from the seeds of a plant native to the desert regions of South Western US and northern Mexico . With an indefinite shelf life and it's chemical similarity to sebum, it is a valuable skin and hair care oil. Used in aromatherapy, to dilute costlier essential oils and absolutes and widely in many types of cosmetic products. SAP value: 97.5   Product of the USA.
See Clay Powder, Kaolin
Kelp Powder
- Ascophyllum nodosum   
Sea Kelp is a brown seaweed botanically classified as a brown algae. This sea botanical is a very rich source of natural vitamins and minerals, including essential trace minerals. A great source of Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, 12 vitamins (including A, B1, B2, C, D and E ), 21 amino acids and over 60 minerals and trace elements. It is particularly rich in the trace element iodine and tocopherol (Vitamin E). Kelp was used by native Americans to promote health. Cultures that consume large amounts of kelp seem to lead healthier lives. Because the plant's nutrients come in a natural form, they are easily assimilated by the body. A favorite addition to soothing cosmetic baths, it is said to tone, hydrate and clear the skin. Can be incorporated into scrub, mask, soap and other cosmetic formulas. Used in anti-aging, anti-irritating, smoothing, and after-sun care products. Best complimented with "Sea" type fragrances due to it's natural scent characteristic of dried marine plants. Wild crafted from the whole plant. Olive to green coloured powder. Sieve Analysis: 98.0% passing USSS 100 sieve mesh. Kosher Certified (COR357). PRO-CERT Organic. Non-GMO. Country of origin: Canada
Kukui Nut Oil
- Aleurites moluccana   
An emollient oil from the nuts of the tree that has been used in Hawaii for skin care for hundreds of years. Purported to be beneficial for eczema, acne and other skin conditions. A great superfatting oil for soap, adds both to the moisturizing feel of the lather and bubbles. An excellent ingredient in hair care products, anti-aging creams, lip balms, massage oils and more. SAP value: 190.0  Product of Hawaii.
Lanolin USP, Anhydrous
Lanolin is obtained from the wool of sheep, produced by their oil glands. Since the wool is sheared off the live animal, no animals are harmed to obtain this wool fat/wax. Widely used in cosmetics and as is for skin care. Potential allergen. A thick, creamy substance. Can be used as a superfatting agent in soap. USP grade
Lanolin, Hydrous
Also called "liquid" lanolin, although it is a yellow solid at room temperature. Best heated to thin before using.
Lavender Flower Powder
- Lavandula angustifolia   
Powdered lavender flowers can be used in soap and other cosmetics including masks and scrubs. Product of France.
Lecithin Granules, Soy
Soy Lecithin is a phospholipid that is a by-product of soy bean oil processing. Widely used in the food industry. Most commonly used in foods and cosmetics as an emulsifier. This versatile product is even used as a nutritional supplement. In skin care uses it is also said to soften the skin and improve absorbsion of other ingredients. Primarily used as a natural and vegan emulsifier in cream and lotion formulas.
Liquapar Optima
A broad spectrum, liquid preservative system designed to prevent microbiological contamination in a wide range of personal care products. Applications in aqueous, anhydrous and emulsion type formulas. Stable, non-irritating, non- sensitizing at recommended levels. LPO is an optimized blend of ingredients that distribute within a formula according to their oil or water affinity to provide total antimicrobial coverage of the water phase, oil phase, oil soluble ingredients and emulsion interfaces. Globally approved for harder to preserve formulations at levels up to 1.4%. LiquaPar Optima is recommended at use levels between 0.5% - 1.0%. Can be added pre or post emulsification at or below 80°C. If pH of the water is above pH 8 before neutralization, LPO must be added post emulsification. In alkaline conditions ionization and/or hydrolysis can occur. For non emulsified products, LPO may be incorporated directly into the formula during manufacturing. Can be added to cold systems or at elevated temperatures at a pH range of 3 - 8. May be required in higher levels in formulas with high levels of non-ionics and proteins as these compounds are known to interfere with parabens. Can be combined with Liquid Germall Plus or other Germall® brand preservatives in very difficult to preserve formulations like silicone in water emulsions. Every new or modified formula should be challenge tested to ensure adequate preservation. Appropriate for preserving oil based products like salt scrubs that can have water introduced by the end user. Ingredients: Phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben. Appearance: Clear, pale yellow liquid. Specific Gravity: 1.05 - 1.15  Assay: Phenoxyethanol 66 - 74%   Methylparaben 14 - 16%   Isopropylparaben 5 - 7%   Isobutylparaben 3.5 - 5.5%   Butylparaben 3.5 - 5.5%.   Note: LiquaPar® is a registered trade mark of the manufacturer ISP / Sutton Laboratories.
Liquid Germall Plus (paraben-free preservative)
see Germall Plus, Liquid
Lithothamnium Powder
- Lithothamnium algea   
Also known as coral alga. It has the ability to concentrate the nutrients in seawater, and contains more than 32 rare trace elements including iodine, selenium, zinc, cobalt, copper and chromium. Rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and amino acids. A red marine algae used as an exfoliant and in spa treatments. Also used as a health supplement. Popular in body wrap treatments. Used in creams, soaps, gels and powders, as well as masks and exfoliating products. Fine gray powder. Country of origin: France
Macadamia Nut Oil
- Macadamia ternifolia   
Also sometimes called Queensland nut oil as it is native to Australia. Pale yellow oil with virtually no odour and a very long shelf life. USP/Cosmetic Grade. Dark gold cold pressed grades are also commercially available, but they can have a noticeable odour. Excellent moisturizing properties and a good source of palmitoleic acid, which is rarely found in nuts and seeds. Quickly absorbed into the skin. Functions as a skin conditioning agent. Used in a wide variety of cosmetic products including cleansers, night creams, powders, moisturizers, foundations, masks, eye shadows, lipsticks, fragrance preparations, hair conditioners, suntan products, soap and more. Macadamia nut oil is a good choice for lotion and cream formulas, due to it's non greasy feel and excellent moisturizing properties. Also a great oil in the kitchen. SAP value: 195.0   Product of Hawaii.
Magnesium Sulphate
see Epsom Salt
Manganese Violet
An inorganic pigment, Manganese ammonium pyrophosphates. Non-toxic, widely used in cosmetics, especially in color cosmetics, eye makeup and lip products. A popular ingredient in mineral makeup. Approved for cosmetic use world wide. Excellent lightfastness. Acid resistant. Non-migratory. Excellent heat stability up to 536°F / 280°C. Oil dispersible. Not stable in aqueous formulations. Not stable in alkaline systems like soap. This pigment will not stay violet in cold process/CP soap, but rather may yield a brown shade. CI 77742
Mango Butter
- Mangifera indica - RBD   
A white/off-white soft solid exotic butter obtained from the seed/kernel of the fruit of the mango tree. A wonderful emollient for cosmetics that is high in unsaponifiables. Used in everything from lip balms to lotions and creams. Adds a rich creamy feel to the lather when used in soap. Has a very long shelf life. Product of India.
Marshmallow Root Powder
- Althea officinalis   
Powdered root of the plant. Containing up to 35% mucilage it has long been used for digestive problems. It's very soothing and used as a wound healer and on chapped skin. A wonderful addition to soap, masks and other formulas. Light tan fine 60 mesh powder. Product of Bulgaria.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
- Limnanthes alba   
Touted as the most exciting agricultural crop of the 20th century, this versatile oil is now a highly valued emollient for cosmetic use. Low odour, minimal colour and non staining. Has a high tolerance for heat. An excellent moisturizer for hair and skin. Used in creams, lotions, soaps, lip balms, lipsticks, body oils, shampoos, scalp treatment products, cuticle oils and much more. Pressed from the seed of meadowfoam flowers. This oil is very unique in it's composition. Containing over 98% fatty acids with chain lengths of 20 carbon atoms or more long. Due to the extra long chain fatty acids, is very oxidatively stable, and can also add stability to oils it's mixed with. An anti-oxidant is usually unnecessary. One of the most stable lipids known. Although it has a high molecular weight, it is liquid at room temperature. Iodine value: 91.3 SAP value: 168.0 Product of the USA. For more detailed product information, please visit www.meadowfoam.com
Mica, Sericite
Cosmetic Sericite BC 281 is a high lustre natural mineral belonging to the mica group. 12 micron particle size. Used in make-up. Manufacturer's product data sheet click here
Mica, Silk
Off white inorganic pigment powder and specialty filler. Pure mica mineral powder with a particle size <50 microns. Used to modify skin feel, oil absorption and bulking characteristics in finished products. A popular ingredient in mineral make up. Gives a silky soft, smoothe texture and is mattifying. Used in eye shadows, face powders and more. A natural alternative in products like mineral foundations to bismuth oxychloride, which can be irritating, and cause a shine requiring additional matting agents. D-50  17.0-26.0 microns. pH (10% Suspension) 7.5   Oil Absorption: (ASTM D281-84) appr. 45 g/100 g pigment  Shelf Life: 5 years. CAS No. 12001-26-2
For additional information and formulations please visit the EMD/Rona web site. Manufacturer's name for this product is Silk Mica.
Special Effect Pigments. High quality pearlescent, lustrous and matte pigments, or titanated micas, commonly referred to as "Micas", that can be used in a wide variety of products. Can be used to colour almost any cosmetic or soap product and requires only a tiny amount. Pearlescent effects will shine at their best in clear based products like gels and transparent melt and pour soap. In opaque based products like cp soap or lotion, they provide wonderful colour and pearlescence. Due to their light weight they can be used in water or oil based liquid products. They will eventually sink to the bottom in thinner formulations, but provide amazing visual effects when the product is shaken and can stay suspended for several hours. Can be combined with other colour products to achieve other effects. Popular ingredients in mineral makeup.
Timiron® pigments are silverwhite, gold, copper or bronze pearlescent pigments consisting of titanium dioxide and/or iron oxides on mica. Particle size ranges from less than 15 microns for a satiny appearance to 10-150 mircons for a sparkly, transparent look.
Colorona® pigments are mica-based pearlescent pigments which may be coated with titanium dioxide, iron oxides and/or other colorants. These pigments range in shade from bright pinks and reds to blues, blacks, golds, greens, and metallic earth-tones.
Microna® Matte pigments consist of fine mica and inorganic colorants. They are easily dispersed without the need for additional grinding or other processing steps.
Our current line of Micas is as follows:
Silver (Timiron® Arctic Silver)
- Silvery-white powder with bluish highlights. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 19.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Mica (48.4%), Titanium Dioxide (37.9%), Silicon Dioxide (13.7%).
Gold (Timiron® Karat Gold MP-24)
- Bright golden sparkling powder. Particle size 10.0-150.0 microns. D-50 56.0-70.0 microns. Composition: Mica (80.8%), Red Iron Oxide (10.2%), Titanium Dioxide (8.9%).
Bronze (Colorona® Bronze Sparkle)
- Golden-brown sparkling powder. Particle size 10.0-125.0 microns. D-50 28.0-42.0 microns. Composition: Mica (74.8%), Red Iron Oxide (25.2%).
Copper (Colorona® Glitter Copper)
- Copper-red sparkling powder. Particle size 10.0-150.0 microns. D-50 65.0-82.0 microns. Composition: Mica (80.8%), Red Iron Oxide (19.2%).
Ruby (Colorona® Glitter Bordeaux)
- Burgundy-red sparkling powder. Particle size 10.0-150.0 microns. D-50 65.0-82.0 microns. Composition: Mica (76.7%), Red Iron Oxide (23.3%).
Sapphire (Colorona® Dark Blue)
- Dark blue lustrous powder. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 18.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Mica (49.4%), Titanium Dioxide (45.3%), Ferric Ferrocyanide (5.3%). Only allowed for external cosmetic applications in the US. Pigments containing ferric ferrocyanide (Prussian Blue or Iron Blue) are unstable to alkaline and some salts. Care must be taken when formulating this product in aqueous systems to avoid color change.
Emerald (Colorona® Egyptian Emerald)
- Dark green lustrous powder. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 18.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Titanium Dioxide (35%), Black Iron Oxide (30%), Mica (28%), Chromium Oxide Green (7%). Only allowed for external cosmetic applications in the US.
Amethyst (Colorona® Patagonian Purple)
- Purple lustrous powder. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 18.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide. Only allowed for external cosmetic applications in the US. Pigments containing ferric ferrocyanide (Prussian Blue or Iron Blue) are unstable to alkaline and some salts. Care must be taken when formulating this product in aqueous systems to avoid color change.
Pink (Colorona® Carmine Red)
- Red lustrous powder. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 18.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Mica (55.2%), Titanium Dioxide (43.5%), Carmine (1.3%). Pigments containing carmine should not be heated above 100°C during processing and are partially soluble above pH 7.
Black (Microna® Mica Black)
- Black lustrous powder. Particle size 10.0-60.0 microns. D-50 18.0-25.0 microns. Composition: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxide.

For photos of micas please click here. For additional information and formulations please visit the EMD/Rona web site. Manufacturer's names for the various colours are listed in brackets after our names above. Please note Rona®, Timiron®, Microna® and Colorona® are registered trademarks of EMD Chemicals Inc.
Mixed Tocopherols
see Vitamin E Natural
Neem Oil
- Azadirachta indica   
Extracted from the kernel of the neem tree native to India. Cold pressed to retain all the natural properties. A very versatile oil used for it's medicinal properties and value in skin disorders. Used in a variety of cosmetics and soaps as well as insect repellants. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, restructuring and regenerative properties are all attributed to this unique oil.   Neemfoundation.org   A dark green/brown liquid in it's native country, it can often be a slightly lighter coloured solid or semi-solid here in a cooler climate or as stored at room temperature or below. To use simply warm solid or partially solid oil above 86°F. Please note this oil is natural and has not been deodourized, thus it retains it's strong natural scent. Product of India.
Nettles Leaf Powder
- Urtica dioica   
Stinging nettle. A valuable herb with many uses, especially useful in hair care products. Can be used as is in soap, or to make a tincture or extract.
Oatmeal Powder
- Aveena sativa   
Finely powdered oatmeal ready to use in soap and toiletries. The soothing properties of oatmeal have long been known and appreciated. A wonderful addition to soap and masks. 1 tbsp. weighs about 4g. Also has uses in the kitchen as oat flour. Product of Canada.
Orange Flower Distillate
- Citrus aurantium   
Also called orange blossom water and neroli hydrosol. The distillate water, floral water, hydrosol or hydrolat yielded when the flowers of the bitter orange tree are distilled. The other product of this distillation is neroli essential oil. A valuable product for skin care on it's own, orange flower distillate water can also be used to replace all or part of the water in formulations. Can be used as a refreshing skin toner, hydrator or spray. Preserved and stable with a good shelf life. Preserved with Methylparaben and Proplyparaben, ~ 1.0%   Product of Canada.
Peppermint Distillate
- Mentha piperita   
The distillate water or hydrosol of peppermint. The ultimate in cool. A beneficial spray to cool down instantly in hot weather or for hot flashes. Preserved with Liquid Germall Plus. Can be used to replace the water in formulations or as is for aromatherapy uses. Imported from France.
Polysorbate 20 NF
Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate, trade name Tween 20 NF, FCC. A non-toxic, food grade, water soluble oily liquid derived from lauric acid (coconut oil). Used as an emulsifier or co-emulsifier in creams and lotions, a stabilizer of essential oils in water, and a nonionic surfactant. May be of use in any formula where a liquid food grade emulsifier is required. Can be used to emulsify or solubilize essential oils or fragrances / fragrance oils in water to make scented water based sprays. To formulate a water based spray start testing with equal parts (1:1) polysorbate to eo/fo, mix well, then add, very gradually while constantly stirring, to water. If the product is not completely emulsified (may be cloudy but eo/fo doesn't separate out upon sitting) or solubilized (product is clear and remains clear upon sitting), increase the amount of polysorbate. Can be used to emulsify water based/soluble sweeteners into oil based formulas like lip balms, lip glosses, flavoured massage oils and body products etc. Mix the sweetener (honey, sugar solution, liquid stevia, liquid sugar twin etc.) with polysorbate first, then add to oil base formula. Could also be used in the same way to emulsify liquid colours into oil based formulas   HLB 16.7   Product of the USA.
Potassium Sorbate FCC
The potassium salt of sorbic acid and much more soluble in water than the acid. Used widely as a food preservative to inhibit growth of bacteria, mold, yeasts and fungi. In wines it is used to prevent secondary fermentation of residual sugar. Also used in pharmaceutical, flavouring, tobacco and cosmetic products. Effective up to pH 6.50, but effectiveness increases with lower pH. White granules. CAS 24634-61-5
Pumice Powder
Volcanic ash. Superior grade FFF powdered pumice from Idaho or New Mexico. Most often used for exfoliation properties in gardener's soaps, hand scrubs, foot products. Chemical Name: Amorphous Aluminum Silicate  pH: 7.2  Reactivity: Inert  Appearance: Off-white powder  Chemical Analysis: Silicon Dioxide - 70.5%   Aluminum Oxide - 13.5%   Ferric Oxide - 1.1%   Ferrous Oxide - 0.1%   Sodium - 1.6%   Potassium - 1.8%   Calcium - 0.8%   Titanium Oxide - 0.2%   Sulphur Trioxide - 0.1%   Magnesium Oxide - 0.5%   Moisture - 3.4%     Product of the USA.
Pyrophyllite Powder
A soft, light colored mineral (clay) that has many of the same properties, and can be used in place of, talc. Specifications: SiO2 80.89%  Al2O3 13.80%  K2O 2.30%   Na2O 0.40% Fe2O3 0.21%  TiO2 0.10%   Product of the USA.
Rice Powder
- Oryza sativa   
Most often used in powders and masks. Also has uses in the kitchen as rice flour. Product of the USA.
Rice Bran Oil
- Oryza sativa   
Refined. A stable oil high in natural anti-oxidants. An emollient that can be used in many different formulations including skin, hair and baby care products. Product of China. Peroxide Value (meq/kg)- 1.0 max   Iodine Value (Wijs) 99 - 108   SAP value: 180 - 195
Rose Distillate
- Rosa damascena   
The distillate water, floral water, hydrolat or hydrosol of rose. A widely used skin care product and ingredient. Can be used as is on the skin, mixed with glycerin or to replace all or part of the water in formulations. A skin conditioning agent used in skin fresheners, moisturizers, body care products, masks, cleansers and more. Product of the UK
Rose Hip Oil, Organic
- Rosa mosqueta   
Organic rose hip seed oil. This oil is valued for it's properties in treating scar tissue and blemishes. Makes a lovely addition to a mature skin blend or cream. In clinical trials done in South America it was shown many times that this oil can restore skin elasticity and function to the most damaged of tissue. Also useful for hyperpigmentation. Product of Chile.
Rose Hip Powder
- Rosa canina   
The powdered hips of the dog rose. Rich in vitamin C and other nutrients. Used in a variety of cosmetic products and soap. Orange - brown fine powder, 60 mesh. Product of Chile.
Rose Petal Powder
- Rosa gallica   
Powdered rose petals that can be used in soap and many toiletries. Gorgeous red colour. Product of Pakistan.
Rosemary Oleoresin Extract
- Rosmarinus officinalis   
ROE. An anti-oxidant grade oleoresin that is oil soluble and used to treat oils and fats to delay/slow rancidity. Can protect some colours and flavours from degradation. Typical usage levels are 0.02 to 0.10%. Often used usage rate is .2 - 1 g. ROE per kg. of oil. An average rule of thumb volume measure equivalent to use is ½ ml or ½ dropper or about 14 drops to treat 1 L of oil. ROE can be added to room temperature liquid oils or melted solid oils. As with any anti-oxidant, the oil is best treated as soon as possible, especially with short shelf life oils. Once rancidity has begun no anti-oxidant will help. ROE is the oleoresin extract of Rosmarinus officinalis which has had the characteristic rosemary flavour and odour, as well as the chlorophyll, partially removed so it will not lend any colour or odour to the oil being treated at the low levels used. The fact that this product is natural, effective with treating oils and cost effective has made it a very popular product. Composition: rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, rosmaridiphenol, carnosol, rosmanol, rosmaridiquinone, natural tocopherols. Carnosic Acid Content: 7.00% minimum.
St. John's Wort Oil
- Hyperium perforatum   
The St. John's wort oil we carry is infused in almond oil, 1:3. Known for it's beneficial effects with a wide range of skin problems. The beautiful red colour is due to a compound called hypericin. Product of the UK.
Salt, Coarse
- Sodium chloride   
Coarse salt is white in color and the crystals are considerably larger than table salt, and rounded in shape. Just pure salt with nothing added. Also called Pickling Salt. Used in bath salts and scrubs. NaCl   Product of Canada.
Salt, Epsom
see Epsom Salt
Salt, Fine Sea
- Sea Salt   
Fine sea salt is the same size grains as table salt. Used in bath salts and salt scrubs. Purified sea salt. Meets USDA, FDA and FCC requirements for food use. Ingredients: salt, magnesium carbonate. Product of the USA. For more info on salt, please visit the Salt Institute web site.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Hippophae rhamnoides   
Cold Pressed from the berries. The fruits or berries of this plant are valued for their vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, carotenoids, flavinoids, amino acids, minerals, plant sterols, polyphenolic acids, essential fatty acids and other nutrients. The leaves are used for making a tea. The plant has a history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. The rich red oil is used for various skin conditions, especially eczema and psoriasis. This ingredient has become popular in the organic and anti-aging sector, and is used for treating scars, wrinkles and stretch marks due to it's healing and emollient properties. This nourishing oil has uses in many different cosmetic, body care and skin care products including everything from sunscreens to massage oils. The major fatty acids in the oil are Palmitoleic - Omega 7 (~35%) and Palmitic (~30%). The oil is a valuable source of tocopherols, tocotrienols and plant sterols.   Product of Russia.
Seaweed Extract
- Fucus vesiculosis   
Marine derived botanicals are very popular cosmetic ingredients. This water soluble extract of seaweed can be used in a wide variety of products. Also known as Bladderwrack Extract. A skin conditioning agent. Dark brown liquid. Strength: 1:3   Ingredients: Water, Fucus Vesiculosis Extract, Propylene Glycol. Product of the USA.
Shea Butter, Refined
- Butyrospermum parkii - Refined   
Also called Karite butter, from the fruit kernels of the shea nut tree. From West Africa, this natural butter has been used traditionally as a balm for minor burns, muscle aches, rheumatism and more. Valued by native peoples for hair care use. A fabulous skin softening emollient in any product it's added to due to it's unique fatty acid profile and characteristics. With typically up to 8% unsaponifiables, it is a soothing cosmetic ingredient and excellent additive to all kinds of soap. Shea butter can be incorporated into products at a small percentage, yet have a dramatic effect. In soap just a small amount can make a big difference in the feel. Can be used at 1% - 100%.
Our fully Refined Shea Butter is perfect for those applications where low/no odour or colour is desirable, as well as no impurities. The butter is a fairly firm, pure white solid. Much firmer in hardness than the unrefined sheas. Shea nut trees are grown without the use of pesticides, so all our shea butter is organic in nature although not certified by a certifying body. For a completely raw, unrefined, dark gold shea butter that is as natural as you can get, please see our Raw Shea Butter. For a natural, unrefined, shea butter that has had some colour removed, please see our Natural Shea Butter. SAP value: 180.0   Product of West Africa.
Soapwort Root Powder
- Saponasia officinalis    
This perennial plant native to North America, Europe and Asia has been used as a soap and laundry detergent since ancient times. Also known as Bouncing Bet, Latherwort and Soap Root. The rhizomes/roots contain saponins that make it an excellent soap substitute. It has also been traditionally used as a medicinal herb. Said to soothe skin irritations and has been used for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Used by soapmakers to provide additional foam in some formulas. In natural and handcrafted recipes including shampoos. Product of the USA.
Sodium Benzoate FCC
 Benzoate of Soda. Odourless white granules most often used as a food preservative. Prevents growth of almost all microorganisms. Sodium benzoate converts to benzoic acid when used in acidic formulas. Benzoic acid while having good anti-microbial features, doesn't dissolve well in water. Sodium benzoate will dissolve very well in water. A polyunsaturated fat found in many foods including milk and cranberries. Used as a preservative in acidic foods such as salad dressings, jams, pickles, juices and carbonated beverages to control bacteria, mold, yeasts and other microbes by interferring with their ability to make energy. Sodium benzoate only converts to benzoic acid in acidic formulas, so it is not used for it's anti-microbial abilities unless the pH is below 3.60. Concentrations are limited to 0.1%. The Sodium Benzoate we stock is NF, FCC, BP and E-211 grade. For more information, please visit the manufacturer's web site.
Sodium Bicarbonate
see Baking Soda
Sodium Carbonate
- Soda Ash   
 A mild alkaline also known as Soda or Soda Ash. The sodium salt of carbonic acid. Also known as Trona or Sal Soda. A white odourless powder that is water soluble. The active ingredient in washing soda, used in laundry detergents as a softening agent by modifying pH. Used in the manufacture of glass, paper, soap and many other chemicals. Other uses include pH modifier in spas and pools, a component of antacids. In food and beverage production it's used as an acid adjuster and stabilizer. Sodium carbonate is naturally present in drinking water. Chemical formula Na2CO3. Used in a wide variety of cosmetic products including everything from toothpaste to skin care products like lotions. As a raw material in effervescent formulas it is often used as the carbonate salt of choice, like or in combination with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), in place of potassium or magnesium carbonates. Ratios of acid to carbonate in these types of formulations can vary from 1:1 to 1:10
Sodium Nitrate FCC
 Used as an antimicrobial and preservative in foods and meats, including jerky. Colourless, odourless, crystalline granules. Synonyms: Nitratine; nitric acid, sodium saltpeter; chile saltpeter, nitrate of soda, NaNO3. CAS No. 7631-99-4
Soybean Oil
- Glycine soja - Non GMO   
 Refined. An emollient oil widely used in a variety of products including soap. Product of the USA. SAP value: 190.6
Stearic Acid
Palm source, triple milled white flakes. A waxy natural fatty acid widely used in cosmetics and soap. Used to thicken and stabilize creams and lotions, as a fragrance ingredient, and emulsifying agent. Use approximately 2% in emulsions.
Stearyl Alcohol NF
A fatty alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, emulsion stabilizer, viscosity stabilizer and opacifier. Gives emulsions body and stability, enhances texture, improves feel in creams and lotions. White to off-white oil and alcohol soluble flakes or beads. Typical use rate 1 - 3 %. We stock an all vegetable base Stearyl Alcohol NF made by Peter Cremer. Product CO-1895   Hydroxyl Value: 204   Acid Value: 0.1   Saponification Value: 0.6   Iodine Value: 0.8   Moisture Value: 0.04   Melting Point: 57°C/134.6°F   CAS 112-92-5   Product of the USA
Sunflower Oil
- Helianthus annus   
High in oleic acid, this high EFA oil is a low cost alternative for massage and cosmetic use. With good stability and emollience it is similar to olive and almond oils. SAP value: 188.7   Product of Canada.
Sweet Almond Oil
see Almond Oil
Titanium Dioxide
- TiO2 Anatase   
Widely used in cosmetics as a white pigment, filler, thickener, UV blocker and opacifier. Can be used in soap as a white colour, or mixed with other pigments to obtain light and pastel shades. Titanium dioxide is added to transparent melt and pour soap to make it opaque. Provides high brightness and opacity. It adds sun protection and increases adhesion as a filler in mineral makeup. No known toxicity for dermal use. Cosmetic, USP & Food Grade pigment. Our titanium dioxides are "non-nano". They would be considered "fine" (rather than ultrafine or nano which is less than 0.1 micron particle size) CAS No. 13463-67-7   
We carry two types of Titanium Dioxide:
Titanium Dioxide W - Water Dispersible -    
This water dispersible version is the one usually used in soap. Typical Properties: TiO2 content 99% min.   Specific Gravity 3.9   Bulking Value 0.0308 gallons/lb.    Dry Brightness: 91-96   Average Particle Size (microns): 0.30   Maximum Particle Size (microns): 1.0   Other Certifications: Kosher    Dispersion Type: Water   Product of Canada.
Titanium Dioxide O - Oil Dispersible -    
This oil dispersible version is the one usually used in sun care and sun screen products. Supplies the basis for fresh and attractive colours in modern cosmetic applications such as toothpastes, soaps, make-ups, lipsticks and nail varnishes. It's this micronized anatase pigment's ultra-high purity and pharmacological safety which make all this possible. Average Particle Size (microns): 0.2   Product of Germany.
see Vitamin E Natural
Ultramarine Blue
Inorganic pigment, sodium alumino-sulphosilicate. Excellent heat stability, light fastness, easily dispersed and non-toxic. Gives lovely shades of royal blue in soap. Can be mixed in with a little soap prior to trace, but for best dispersion mix with water and add to soap at the beginning. Can be mixed with other pigments to obtain different shades. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 6g. Photo of test results in soap. Specific gravity: typically 2.35  Lightfastness: excellent.
Ultramarine Pink
Inorganic pigment. Excellent heat stability, light fastness, easily dispersed and non-toxic. Gives lovely shades of pink in soap. Can be mixed in with a little soap prior to trace, but for best dispersion mix with water and add to soap at the beginning. Can be mixed with other pigments to obtain different shades. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 6g. Photo of test results in soap. Specific gravity: typically 2.42  Lightfastness: fair to poor.
Ultramarine Violet
Inorganic pigment. Excellent heat stability, easily dispersed and non-toxic. Gives lovely shades of violet and mauve in soap. Can be mixed in with a little soap prior to trace, but for best dispersion mix with water and add to soap at the beginning. Can be mixed with other pigments to obtain different shades. 1 tbsp. / 15 ml weighs approximately 6g. Photo of test results in soap. Specific gravity: typically 2.35  Lightfastness: good.
Virgin Oil de Coco-Creme
see Coconut Oil, Virgin
Vitamin C
see Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin E, Natural
- MTS-70 Mixed Tocopherols    
Pure natural food grade vitamin E. 700 IU This natural antioxidant product is concentrated natural mixed tocopherols in the form of a red brown viscous oily liquid. Derived from edible vegetable oils, it has a slight characteristic aroma of vegetable oil. Mild taste. Used in food and cosmetics as an anti-oxidant to delay the onset of rancidity and extend shelf life in oils and fats. Used for it's anti oxidant properties on the skin and as a skin conditioning agent. Add to lotions, creams and other emulsions once they have cooled, when you add your preservative. May oxidize and darken gradually with exposure to light and air. Packed in dark glass bottles. Store protected from light and heat. Avoid contact with transition metals and alkalis. Product of USA.
Vitamin E 10% in Almond Oil
- Prunus Dulcis & D-Alpha Tocopherol    
A blend of sweet almond oil and vitamin E. Can be used as an emollient in cosmetics and as an easy way to add tocopherol to a formulation. 10% vitamin E. Product of the UK.
Wheatgerm Oil, Refined
- Triticum vulgare   
One of the richest natural sources of vitamin E, also a good source of essential fatty acids. Yellow in colour with no odour. SAP value: 185.0   Product of Holland.
Wheatgerm Oil, Unrefined
- Triticum vulgare   
One of the richest natural sources of vitamin E, also a good source of essential fatty acids. Dark brown in colour with a slight odour. SAP value: 185.0   Product of France.
Witch Hazel Distillate
- Hamamelis virginiana   
Witch hazel distillate water, floral water, hydrosol or hydrolat. A distillate from the recently cut and partially dried dormant twigs of Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana L. Astringent and used as a toner and widely as a cosmetic ingredient. Can be used as is or as a replacement for all or part of the water in formulas. The witch hazel we carry is alcohol-free, non-GMO and non-irradiated. Preserved with 2-Phenoxyethanol (CAS 122-99-62) 0.90 - 1.10 % (1.0% w/v)   pH 3.0 - 5.0   CAS 84696-19-5   Product of the USA.
Xanthan Gum
A thickener and emulsifier. Forms gel when mixed with water. Preferred over other gum powders in thickening creams for it's smoother texture. Use rate is roughly .3% of the water phase in an emulsion. Widely used in food products. Food Grade. Ph.Eur./USP/NF/FCC   Product of Austria.
Zinc Oxide USP
Used to impart opacity, as an astringent, antiseptic and skin protective. Added to soothing creams and ointments. Used in sun care formulations. Our zinc oxide is "non-nano". It has about a 0.24 micron particle size which would be considered "fine" (particles with an average diameter of less than 2.5 microns - rather than ultrafine or nano which is less than 0.1 micron particle size)
Trade name ZOCO 112 USP EP grade from Zochem. Meets USP and FCC specifications. Particle Size 0.18 - 0.36 microns    Surface Area min. 3.00 max. 6    ZnO% min. 99.9    Pb% max. 0.0030    Cd % max. 0.0020    French process. Product of Brampton Ontario Canada. Manufacturer's product data sheet can be found here.    CAS 1314-13-2


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