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Personal Care

Imerys Kaolin is backed by extensive product and application development laboratories where we are able to select and provide guidance on how best to use our naturally occurring minerals in your formulations for the Personal Care Industry. 

By using our extensive mining, processing and technical expertise combined with our continued involvement in the personal care industry we are now able to process our products to the required industry standards. 

By enhancing and continually developing this natural aluminum silicate (Al2Si2O5(OH)4), kaolin continues to be a popular ingredient due its safe nature, absorbency and soothing properties. 

Hydrous Kaolin

Kaolin is characterized by its fine particle size, platy or lamellar particle shape and chemical inertness. High purity Kaolin is often favored as an ingredient for rheology, color and texture.

Calcined Kaolin

Calcined kaolin is an hydrous aluminum silicate produced by heating natural china clay to high temperatures in a kiln. This calcination process gives an increase in hardness and alters the morphology of the kaolin particles. When calcination occurs at around 700°C, the dehydroxylation of the kaolin is complete forming a partially crystalline metakaolin. Fully calcined products with an amorphous structure are formed above 980°C.



Sebum & impurities absorption

Skin adhesion, soft touch

Opacifying effect

Improve the wear

Reduce the migration of the color

Matt effect

Rheology control

Chemical resistance, inertness

Acidic pH (4 to 6)


Make up

Mascara, eye shadow, eye contour


CC Cream

Hair care products

Liquid foundations

Exfoliation face mask

Body powder

Personal Care Brochure

Look at the Product Finder section of this website to find the best kaolin products for your particular personal care grade, or contact us at one of our regional offices.


Product Spotlight:




A high brightness calcined kaolin for direct thermal and thermal transfer paper coatings
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