Do You Know Synthetic Mica?

Jul. 26, 2021

Synthetic mica is commonly used in a range of glitter pigments -- mixed together to create the glitter color in other products. They can be used to make soaps, bath crystals, bath bombs or cosmetics. Synthetic mica can produce brighter colors, actually brighter than natural mica.



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NATURAL VS SYNTHETIC MICA

Synthetic mica is made in a lab and has the same characteristics as natural mica. The differences between natural and synthetic mica are:  

The color: synthetic mica is brighter and very uniform in color and finish. Natural mica can be grey or murkier in color. They each create different effects and colors.

Shape: natural mica naturally has uneven edges, whereas synthetic mica has a very smooth surface and shape. This means you can use a much larger particle of synthetic mica since it’s smooth and not abrasive like natural mica. The larger the particle, the sparklier a product will appear.

The sourcing: synthetic mica requires no mining and has no potential for child labor.

Contamination: natural mica has the potential for contamination with heavy metals and other impurities. Heavy metal levels can be tested before usage in a formula, but this is voluntary and not all brands do.



WHERE DOES SYNTHETIC MICA COME FROM


Synthetic mica is synthesized artificially so that it is free from natural radiation. Most of ores are more or less with radiation as the mine was formed through millions of years. Synthetic mica is a crystallized combination produced according to formula.

 


ADVANTAGES OF SYNTHETIC MICA


Synthetic mica, also known as synthetic fluorphlogopite, is one of the components of the plastic-free glitters, lusters and pigments. Recently, synthetic mica is becoming more popular in the cosmetic and industrial applications due to its superior quality, purity, and ethical supply chain.

Overall, synthetic mica aremore pure, brighter, clearer and more reflective. For high volume users, batches are more consistent. When using the powders, synthetic mica is more compressible. Also, they are heat resistant and cold process stable. Important colors such as white is clearer and whiter and metallic colors don’t “bleed”. Special effect pigments like interference with multiple colors are also made possible with synthetic mica.


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Lastly, the mica industry is combating the problem of illegal child labor and the use of synthetic mica can help mitigate some of the problem. According to industry research, about 25% of the world production of mica comes from illegal connection in Northeast India, where more than 20,000 children are working in extremely harsh conditions to mine mica in order to support their family. On the other hand, synthetic mica is lab made without any child labor issues. So synthetic mica is an ethical and environmental friendly alternative to natural mica.



As a synthetic mica supplier, I am glad to share this article with you. If you have any questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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