Glitter. Shimmer. Shine. Descriptions that are impossible to separate from cosmetics and aesthetics. From the runway to the red carpet and everywhere in between, glitter has its place as a fashion statement and trendsetter.
Take just one quick glance down the makeup aisle and you’ll see glitter in nail polish, lotions, lipsticks, eyeshadows, and even blushes and eyeliners. But regular glitter is fraught with negative environmental implications, and some governments are going so far as to ban standard glitter altogether. So what is your solution as a product manufacturer? Bio-glitter!
Cosmetic Bio-glitter is a new innovation prepared to replace standard plastic glitter with an option that is friendlier to the environment. While glitter freckles, glitter roots, and highlighted glitter cheekbones have enjoyed their time in the spotlight, they’ve left a less-than-sparkly mark on the environment.
The writing was on the wall for glitter in 2015 when plastic microbeads were banned from body washes, face scrubs, and toothpastes in an effort to prevent plastic from accumulating in landfills and garbage islands in the ocean. Synthetic glitter is considered a microplastic just like microbeads, which means it can easily sneak through water filtration systems and land in the large bodies of water. Once in the water, microplastics breed bacteria, poison wildlife, and taint our natural resources.
Bio-glitter is a major breakthrough because it is based on a biodegradable film made from eucalyptus trees sourced from responsibly managed plantations. Since Bio-gitter is biodegradable, it doesn’t pose the environmental and health problems of standard glitter.
Beyond that, Bio-glitter contains far lower levels of heavy metals and antimony. Heavy metals are notorious for triggering health problems in the human body by causing oxidative stress and cellular damage. Mercury, aluminium, lead, and cadmium are just a few of the heavy metals that could potentially be present in regular glitter. Antimony is also a dangerous metal because it is correlated with irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs.
Bio-glitter sets itself apart with antimony levels below the limits of detection, making them effectively at zero. This is dramatically different than cosmetic polyester glitter that contains antimony at levels as high as 150 ppm.
Beyond being a friend to the environment, Bio-glitter offers cosmetic benefits of feeling soft and more comfortable on the skin. It is actually up to 40 percent softer than polyester glitter, so adding Bio-glitter to your product formulations will not negatively impact user experience. Instead of enduring a rough and irritating glitter product, your consumers can enjoy silky smooth glitter makeup and cosmetics that enhance their appearance without causing discomfort.
In an industry where glitter gel for the body and face is now dubbed “Unicorn Snot” and sold en masse to trend-driven consumers, there’s never been a better time to work Bio-glitter into your product line! Aromatic Ingredients is proud to offer the entire Bio-glitter collection in a wide range of colours and particle sizes to meet your specific product needs. Give our team a call at 03 9702 3698 to learn more!