Solvay Introduces Eco-Friendly Tixosil® MicroPearl Silica for Personal Care Applications at in-cosmetics 2014

Highly Dispersible Non-Dusting Product Designed as a Safe and Sustainable Substitute for Plastics Beads in Exfoliating Formulations


April 1, 2014

Alan Flower
Industrial Media Relations
+32 474 117 091

LYON, France, April 1, 2014 – Solvay Silica has introduced an eco-friendly grade of its Tixosil® range of highly dispersible silica products, designed to substitute plastic beads in exfoliating body wash, facial cleanser and other specialised personal care formulations. The product is supplied in micropearl form as a replacement for plastics (PE) beads which have recently raised environmental concerns due to their potential pollution hazard when leaking from municipal waste water treatment plants.

“Tixosil® MicroPearl Silica is a non-dusting, environmentally safe and sustainable alternative to plastic beads,” says Francesca Peditto, Application Manager at Solvay Silica. “In exfoliating formulations for personal care, it combines equivalent performance with cost-saving benefits, such as superior dispersion in aqueous solutions, a wide scope for the inclusion of actives, lower surfactant concentration and reduced texturing agent usage.”

As the world’s only high-performance silica supplier with manufacturing, research and innovation facilities on four continents, Solvay produces its highly dispersible silicas in a precipitation process essentially using sand as a raw material, which is the most abundant mineral present in the crust of the earth. Tixosil® is odourless, chemically inert and considered non-hazardous in manufacture, transportation, handling and application.

“The product range already has a proven fit in oral care and nutrition applications where it must meet the strict provisions of FDA and HACCP regulations. When a leading personal care and cosmetics manufacturer was seeking to replace plastic beads in their body scrub and cleansing products, Tixosil® MicroPearl Silica provided a highly effective and eco-friendly solution. It is commercially available from eight production sites in the Americas, Europe and Asia, all adhering to the same specifications of quality and consistency to serve the growing needs of global customers,” adds Delphine Hugenot, Commercial Director for Solvay Silica in Europe.

Solvay is exhibiting at in-cosmetics 2014 in Hamburg, Germany in Hall A1 Booth G20.