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Mineral Powders – True or False ?

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Sep 30, 2009

This question comes up time and time again. Do mineral powders really contain all minerals? Many, if not all, claim to contain only pure mineral ingredients and pigments. Many cosmetic companies make claims that their mineral powders are made with all natural ingredients. This article will look at some of the ingredients currently being used in products that have these claims, and the chemistry behind some of the ingredients used in them. These claims are made strictly for purposes of marketing, as use levels are quite low as shown by placement of ingredients on the label. Some of the most common and abundant ingredients that can be considered minerals are metal oxides. There are many others such as carbonates, sulfates, nitrates, talc and mica as well as various clays. These ingredients are found in nature and just need to be cleaned to make them acceptable for cosmetic use but there are also many that are of synthetic origin even though they sound like they should be mineral derived. If a product contains natural ingredients but also contains some non-mineral ingredients, it should be stated on the package so as to not confuse the consumer. But all ingredients used in cosmetics are safe and effective and are in a product for a reason although they may not be of mineral origin. These products are still very important in today’s market...

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