24. Red Shades Without Carmine
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Carmine is a widely used pigment for cosmetics, very popular for its natural origin, unique bluish-pink shade, and heat stability. But this pigment derives from carminic acid, extracted from insects, and is facing a ban from consumers and brands looking for vegan ingredients. This episode describes the use of carmine, how it is labeled, and the challenges facing formulators who want to develop carmine-free formulas. We also present what options Kobo offers to replace this raw material. 

FDA regulations on Carmine: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=73.100  

PETA information regarding Carmine: https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/carmine-makeup/ 

Soft Lips Natural Lipstick without Carmine: https://koboproductsinc.com/formulations/KLP-302-EU.pdf 

Kobo’s micas: https://koboproductsinc.com/apps/PearlSelector.aspx 

About Kobo: ABOUT US: 

Since 1987 Kobo has provided innovative, technology-based raw materials to the cosmetic industry. The product range includes Surface Treated Pigments, Microspheres, Suncare and Color Dispersions, Silicone Fluids, Specialties, Natural Ingredients, Effect Pigments, Boron Nitride , and Delivery Systems. Kobo has five locations, USA (Corporate Headquarters), France, Japan, Brazil , and the UK , and is represented globally by independent agents. 

Learn more at:  www.koboproductsinc.com 

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