General Upsalite Information

Upsalite Background

Upsalite is a novel, patented ingredient that arose from pharmaceutical research at Uppsala University. Back in 2012, Professor Maria Strømme and her colleagues serendipitously invented a material that was previously said to be impossible, as researchers had tried for over 100 years –  the first and only mesoporous magnesium carbonate: Upsalite.

What is Upsalite?

    • Amorphous, mesoporous magnesium carbonate.
    • A narrow pore size distribution, centered between 3–6 nm.
    • Extraordinarily high surface area as compared to other earth metal carbonates.
    • On average, Upsalite has  BET of 300-400m³ /g

The Secret is in the pores

    • There are 4 main properties that make Upsalite® unique:
    • Upsalite® has a superior absorption capacity compared to other commonly used ingredients.
    • Upsalite® absorbs excess oil and moisture inside its porous structure while most other materials absorb oil on the surface of the particles.
    • Upsalite® has dual absorption of hydrophilic and lipophilic substances.
    • Upsalite®s porous structure scatters light and adheres to surfaces better than spherical materials like silica.

INCI: Magnesium Carbonate
Chemical Name: Amorphous Mesoporous Magnesium Carbonate
Color: White
Aesthetics: finely milled powder
Key functions: absorbency texture and viscosity modification
Example Applications for Upsalite: Color Cosmetic Primer, Color Cosmetic Powders (setting, finishing, bronzer, blush, foundation), Color Cosmetic Liquids (concealer, foundation), Eyeshadow, Setting Spray, Chamois Cream, Anti-Chaffing Creams, Dry Shampoo, Deodorant..

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