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Colorants for Cosmetics Industry

We are a leading name in the field of offering Colorants for the Cosmetics Industry. Right from the initial days, dyes have been a popular medium as colorants and find extensive usage in cosmetics industry. Be it the need of hair dyes or adding color to lipsticks, nail polish or shampoo, everywhere in the cosmetics industry there has been a wide usage of dyes.

To start with, let’s look at hair dyes. In today’s date, most of the hair dye formula that is used commercially is complex. Making use of a bunch of ingredients, the formulas used differ considerably with manufacturers. The dye chemicals which are used usually consists of amino compounds like:
  • 4-amino-2-hydroxytoluene
  • m-Aminophenol

Further, pigments of metal oxides that are used include:
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Iron oxide

Ingredients used in cosmetics:
Majority of colors that are used in cosmetics are pigments. Currently, inorganic pigments are more popular with cosmetics but are subjected to purity levels of heavy metals. With the range of inorganic pigments finding usage in cosmetics being made up of different chemical types, a few of popular ones include:
Pigments Features and Applications
Chromium Dioxides The shades range from dull olive green, to blue green, bright green. It is used in most categories of cosmetic preparations, but is prohibited for use in lip products in USA.
Ultramarines The shades range from bright blue to violet as well as pink and green. These too are not allowed for lip products in USA.
Iron Oxides These feature three basic shades - black, yellow and red and find usage in face powders, liquid foundations and blushers.
Mica It gives natural translucence when used as face powder and powder blusher.
Manganese Violet It has a purple shade.
Iron Blue The color shade is dark blue and it finds usage in wide range of cosmetic applications.
White Pigments - Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide These White pigments have wide usage in cosmetics. Their properties allow them to be used as quality covering powder. Being totally inert, these are stable to heat and light.
Each group of Dyes is subdivided into Green, Violet, Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange, Brown and Black  

In addition, some of the other types of organic pigments that find usage with water soluble & oil soluble dyes in cosmetics industry include:
Dye C.I. Number Colors
Carotene PS 300 75130
Annato Hydrosouble 75120
Carmin of Cochineal 75470



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