Additives for Color Cosmetics and Skincare

Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride Powder Solutions offers Standard Platelet (SP) Powders for all types of color cosmetic and skin care formulations.   These powders provide a luxurious, soft feel, enhanced adherence and a wide range of optical properties, from translucent to opaque, from matte to high-luster.



BN Feature Benefit
Lamellar crystal structure, derived from mineral Improves texture and coverage in all types of color cosmetics, including mineral based makeup
Low coefficient of friction

Soft and lubricious effect in formulations for even spreading and superior smoothness and adherence to the skin -- especially useful for "longer lasting" claim.  

Aids compaction of pressed powder

Available in a variety of particle size distributions and crystal morphologies Each grade offers a unique optical benefit from opaque, matt or translucent finish with <6um having a soft focus effect
Oil absorbent Reduces tack of skin creams containing high levels of emolients
Adherent Superior adherence compared to spherical nylon, PMMA, or silica spheres
Chemically inert and photo-stable Long shelf life of formulations
Non-toxic Perfect fit for all cosmetic and skin care formulations, including lip products
Refractive index 1.7 Subtle illuminating effect -- brightening


Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride powders are ideal for emulsion, powder, lipstick, pencil, skin care and after-bath formulations. They are excellent alternatives to standard materials such as talc, mica, and bismuthoxychloride and provide slip, payoff, adherence and soft feel.


As additives for powder pressing operations, the lubricating nature of flat hexagonal platelets aids in compaction, transfer and removal of pressed powders.  The soft, slippery feel of BN powders can improve the way transfer resistant products feel when applied, offering the consumer long wearing cosmetics that also feel soft and natural.


Particle Size Benefit of Saint-Gobain BN in the Formula Finished Product
  • Opaque with excellent coverage
  • Remains in suspension
  • Oil absorbent
  • Reduces tack
  • Liquid foundation
  • Concealers
  • BB (blemish balm) cream
  • Skin cream
6 - 8um
  • Contributes to opacity but does not overwhelm
  • Soft and creamy texture
  • Improves spreading and application
  • Foundation (liquid or cream to powder)
  • Loose and pressed powders
12 - 16um
  • Sheer and translucent
  • Soft and creamy texture
  • Reduce tackiness and ease spreading of skin creams
  • Improve pick-up and increase play-time of creams
  • Loose and pressed powders
  • Skin care
  • Shiny and reflective
  • Products for brightening or illuminating
  • Lipstick, pencils