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- 04/24/2018

Natural calcium carbonate from Omya offers multiple options for versatile product formulations

H&PC Today

At in-cosmetics Global, Omya presented its range of high purity white calcium carbonates and corresponding ingredients from its distribution portfolio for holistic all-round solutions. Mastered mineral particles branded under the names Omyacare®, Omyascrub®, Omyaskin®and Omyadent® cater for multiple applications like toothpaste, hair and body care, cleansing and cosmetics. A broad spectrum of natural color pigments and additives rounded off the showcased offering.  

Several application examples illustrated the various ways in which calcium carbonate ingredients are able to ease processing while offering several product benefits. One of these applications is sustainable soap bars that contain up to ten per cent calcium carbonate. As well as maintaining the weight of the soap bar in a smaller bar volume, Omyacare® particles offer natural mechanical cleaning functionality. Additionally, their high brightness allows formulators to eliminate titanium dioxide, a substance that is becoming increasingly avoided due to concerns that nanoparticles of it may be harmful to human health. As the Omyacare® production process consumes very little energy, the ingredient reduces the carbon footprint of the end product, too.

Omyaskin® particles improve the performance of decorative applications like lipsticks and foundations and can be combined, for instance, with high purity botanical colorants, natural antioxidants and pigments such as the dispersible vegetal red pigment palette from Omya’s distribution portfolio. The brightness of Omyaskin® minerals enhances the illuminance and opacity of color compositions while improving texture and spreadability.

Omyadent® advances innovative toothpaste formulas. Besides being a high efficiency carrier with controlled release properties for active ingredients such as flavors and antimicrobials, it has excellent remineralizing properties. Its combination of a core of calcium carbonate surrounded by a shell of hydroxyapatite (HAP) allows Omyadent® to seal the tubules that connect the exposed dentine layer with the pulp in people suffering from tooth sensitivity. This not only reduces sensitivity but also promotes a smooth surface, thereby gently cleaning and whitening the teeth at the same time.

Omyascrub® is able to replace microplastic beads as well as plant-based abrasives. The low microbiological activity of calcium carbonate means that the particles guarantee hygiene and enhance the storage life of end products. The cleansing effect and the consistency of the formulation can easily be adjusted by altering the amount of the ingredient used. Different particle structures focus on specific properties, from exfoliation to skin renewal and rejuvenation.

Calcium carbonate from Omya enables the creation of a new generation of universal and integrated product solutions, allowing easy customisation for individual needs, focussing on innovative, environmentally friendly, safe and functional applications.