The Health & Personal Care sectors are increasingly seeking natural ingredients that have a lower environmental footprint and are sustainably sourced.
At Imerys, we draw on our own world-class ore bodies spread across the globe to offer our customers an extensive range of controlled, consistently high-quality, natural mineral ingredients.
We harness our mineral expertise to help tackle some of the world’s major health issues. Our ImerPure® low-cost home water filter system aids the fight against cholera and other water-borne diseases in countries like India and Haiti. Imergard™ WP mosquito adulticide could prove invaluable in controlling mosquito populations in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
For Personal Care, our Science & Technology teams carefully engineer minerals to boost our customers’ formulations and—in the case of cosmetics—offer them effective natural mineral alternatives to synthetic ingredients. For instance, our innovative ImerCare® range includes perlite to replace plastic microbeads in body scrubs and shampoos; ultra-absorbent diatomite for aluminum-free deodorants; and kaolin to replace copolymer opacifiers and PMMA matting agents in creams, gels and shampoos.
In the pursuit of healthy white teeth, Imerys has found that toothpaste that combines kaolin and delicately engineered perlite provides highly effective dental care and meets consumers’ preference for natural ingredients.
The mineral perlite is an effective replacement for microbeads in scrubs and shower gels – not only for its exfoliating performance, but for reducing plastic pollution in oceans.
Mineral-based filters are removing bacteria and other contaminants from drinking water in the developing world.
Growing pest resistance to chemical insecticides continues to threaten our ability to control insect-borne diseases and demands new approaches. One exciting new application is the development of mechanical insect control agents.
Plastic microbeads are used in thousands of cosmetic scrubs.
These tiny plastic particles are too small to be filtered out in water treatment processes and end up in water systems, where they pollute water streams and can be ultimately passed up through the food chain.
Imerys has developed the ImerCare® P-Scrub range, which uses perlite, a mineral derived from volcanic glass, to replace plastic microbeads. Perlite is 100% natural and offers excellent exfoliation performance in end applications from shampoos to body scrubs.
High purity minerals for enhanced food and beverage quality
Innovative approaches for improved production