These Lavender Spheres are dry, spherical beads mainly consisting of Mannitol, Lactose or Xylitol and micro-crystalline Cellulose. They may contain pigments and up to 5% of water-insoluble active ingredients (Lavender). They are not soluble in water but they soften in final products containing water and they can be easily rubbed into skin or hair with no residue being left.
Product Benefits of Lavender Spheres
- Lavender Spheres are optically striking beads which soften with water but retain their shape.
- When rubbed onto skin or hair, they break easily, releasing the active contents. They leave no shell or residue.
- Spheres do not contain preservatives.
- Spheres are stable over a wide pH range, 3.0 to 10.0
- Spheres are stable to light and a wide range of temperatures.
- Spheres are extremely safe and non toxic.
- Lavender spheres provide an optical visualization of active ingredient
- Hard and solid in bulk (easy to process, no water, no preservatives)
- gels (e.g shower gels, shampoo, handwash)
- Melt and Pour soaps
Typical use level
from 0.5 – 2.0%
Lavender spheres can be used in many types of cosmetic products, both clear formulations (gels, shampoos, liquid soaps, antiperspirants, deodorants) and emulsions (cleansers, creams and lotions, hair conditioners) and even in Melt and Pour soaps.
Different coloured spheres can be used in the same product for an enhanced visual effect. Formulas should be formulated so that they have sufficient yield values to keep the beads suspended, usually this is possible with the aid of common associative thickeners or in high viscosity emulsions. Spheres can take several hours to soften in a formula. They should be added at the end of the manufacturing process with low shear mixing, but can be safely pumped (using a membrane, peristaltic or piston pump) and filled without breakage.
Lavender Spheres soften best in formulas with at least 30% available water content. In low water-content formulas, or in formulas where other ingredients (surfactants, polymeric thickeners, etc.) tie up most of the water, the spheres can be pre-soaked in water to soften before adding to the batch.
In very few cases, certain surfactants, solubilisers or emulsifiers may show incompatibilities with the active (Lavender) in these spheres.