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Selecting the Right Mica to Use for a Mineral Powder

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Sep 23, 2009

Talc is considered mineral in origin but when developing a talc-free powder formula, mica and sericite are used to create a mineral-based product. Both mica and sericite share the same INCI Name: Mica. Just like mica and sericite that come in various grades, talc is also are available in various grades depending on what your formula needs are. Transparent talc is ideal for loose powders because it has a high bulk density and has good flow characteristics. An opaque talc has a much higher opacity and particle size and is best for pressed powders because of its good compression properties and with the aid of a suitable binder system will press well. It all depends on what you need in your particular formula. But knowing what ingredients are available to you and the differences between them will help you select the correct mica or sericite for your particular formula application. This article will focus on some of the more common grades of mica and sericite that the formulator can use to develop mineral-based loose or pressed powder products...

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