Cosmetics Case Study

Nanocellulose for applications in cosmetics

Nanocellulose, which is a material derived from natural cellulose fibers, has been gaining attention as a potential ingredient in cosmetics to replace the currently used Micro-Crystalline Cellulose. It has unique properties that make it attractive for use in cosmetic formulations, including its high surface area-to-volume ratio, ability to absorb and retain moisture, and compatibility with a wide range of other ingredients. One potential benefit of using nanocellulose in cosmetics is its sustainability. As a natural, renewable material, it offers an alternative to synthetic ingredients such as physical peeling / scrub agents that may be less environmentally friendly (e.g., plastic micro beads and nylon 6 or 12). However, it is important to note that the production of nanocellulose itself can have environmental impacts, so it’s important to consider the entire lifecycle of the material.

This is a water suspension of cellulose nano-crystals (CNC), made of a dry powder. It is an additive to be tested in the cosmetics case study as a sustainable alternative. 

The cellulose additives will be tested as dispersion stabilizers, viscosity modifiers and texture enhancers in skincare products.