Mineral Makeup

Pearlescent Micas | Oxides & Ultramarines | Complementary Mineral Makeup Ingredients | Packaging and Accessories

FromNatureWithLove.com offers a broad selection of quality pearlescent micas, oxides, ultramarines and other ingredients used to formulate mineral makeup. If you are new to creating mineral makeup, be sure to read our 10 part Guide to Creating Your Own Mineral Based Cosmetics. It will set you on the path to making your own beautiful blushes, bronzers, eye shadows, lip colors and more.

Pearlescent Micas

Pearlescent micas are used to add color and sheen to various cosmetic products and are mostly used in the production of lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows. They are now becoming very popular as loose mineral make-up that you can make yourself. You can create virtually any shade of mineral make-up for your face by combining various shades of micas. Other pigments and additives can be used to darken or lighten colors and to create mineral make-up bases.

In addition to creating mineral make-up, micas can also be used to color lip balms, bath salts, bath bombs, creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soaps (check for color fading possibility in a small batch first), lotions bars, body gels, body powders and milk baths.

Micas use light reflection, refraction, and transmission to exhibit their effects much like a prism creates various colors as light passes through it. They are made by coating small platelets of mica with various dyes and pigments. The size of the mica particle is measured in microns and determines the luster of the mica (the ability of the mica to bend and reflect light).

Each mica has a particle size range listed. The smaller of the 2 numbers (in microns) refers to the smallest particle size and the larger number refers to the largest particles. The overall visual size of the mica will be an average of the two numbers.

Smaller sizes will give a pearlescent effect with a smooth sheen. Medium size particles give a satin effect. Large particle sizes give a sparkle effect. The smaller the particle size is, the more opaque it will make your product. So you can use the fine micas to opacify transparent soaps. Some micas are first coated with an iron oxide which absorbs light and then it is coated with an interference color to reflect light. The result is a two-tone mica which changes color as it turns.

Micas can be heavy and therefore may settle out in low viscosity. To use in soaps, pour your soaps at cooler temperatures as they will suspend the micas better. To achieve the real effect of a mica in soap, the particles need to be aligned in the same direction - you can try pouring your soap and then "combing" the surface of the soap in one direction using a spatula. You will get different results when you add micas to colored verses non-colored soaps. Having a background color enhances the effects of the mica.

To add mica powder to a liquid formulation, first disperse the mica in a small amount of oil and then add the colored oil to the batch once all the clumps are broken up. Micas are easily stirred into dry salts and powders. Please be sure to heed the "Not Safe for Lips" and "Not Stable in CP (Cold Process) Soap" precautions.

Visit the Mica Safety Chart to determine which micas are safe to use for your particular application.

Amber Mica Powder
Mica: Amber
Avocado Mica Powder
Mica: Avocado
Black Mica Powder
Mica: Black
Blue Glimmer Mica Powder
Mica: Blue Glimmer
Blue Green Glimmer Mica Powder
Mica: Blue Green Glimmer
Bordeaux Lustre Mica Powder
Mica: Bordeaux Lustre New Lower Pricing!
Cobalt Mica Powder
Mica: Cobalt
Copper Mica Powder
Mica: Copper
Copper Glow Mica Powder
Mica: Copper Glow
New Lower Pricing!
FDA Blue Mica Powder
Mica: FDA Blue
FDA Coral Mica Powder
Mica: FDA Coral
FDA Green Mica Powder
Mica: FDA Green
FDA Yellow Mica Powder
Mica: FDA Yellow
Gold Karat Sparkle Mica Powder
Mica: Gold Karat Sparkle
Island Green Mica Powder
Mica: Island Green
Jeweltone Emerald Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Emerald
Jeweltone Garnet Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Garnet
Jeweltone Jade Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Jade
Jeweltone Moonstone Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Moonstone
Jeweltone Ruby Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Ruby
Jeweltone Sapphire Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Sapphire
Jeweltone Sunstone Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Sunstone
Jeweltone Topaz Mica Powder
Mica: Jeweltone Topaz
Lavender Mica Powder
Mica: Lavender
Lavender Glow Mica Powder
Mica: Lavender Glow
Midnight Mica Powder
Mica: Midnight
Oriental Beige Lustre Mica Powder
Mica: Oriental Beige Lustre
New Lower Pricing!
Patina Gold Lustre Mica Powder
Mica: Patina Gold Lustre
Pink Glimmer Mica Powder
Mica: Pink Glimmer
Red Glimmer Mica Powder
Mica: Red Glimmer
Red Heart Mica Powder
Mica: Red Heart
Rouge Flambe Mica Powder
Mica: Rouge Flambe
Royal Eggplant Mica Powder
Mica: Royal Eggplant
Sienna Lustre Mica Powder
Mica: Sienna Lustre
Silver Sparkle Mica Powder
Mica: Silver Sparkle
Sun Gold Mica Powder
Mica: Sun Gold
Tangerine Mica Powder
Mica: Tangerine
Two Tone Blue Green Mica Powder
Mica: Two Tone Blue Green
Two Tone Blue Violet Mica Powder
Mica: Two Tone Blue Violet
Two Tone Red Gold Mica Powder
Mica: Two Tone Red Gold
Red/Orange/Yellow Pearlescent Micas Sampler
Sampler: Red/Orange/Yellow Pearlescent Micas
Two Tone Pearlescent Micas Sampler
Sampler: Two Tone Pearlescent Micas

Oxides & Ultramarines

Our inorganic pigments can be used for a variety of applications. Please read each description or visit the Color Additive Usage Guide to identify which pigments are safe for your particular application.

Except for the water dispersible Titanium Dioxide shown below, all of the below pigments must first be dispersed in oil and then added to your batch or product. These will not work in water formulations such as body sprays or low viscosity formulations such as body oils.

We also offer a sampler package that allows you to experiment affordably with a selection of the below pigments.

Aqua Green Chromium Oxide
Color Additive: Aqua Green
Black Oxide
Color Additive: Black Oxide
Chromium Oxide Green
Color Additive: Chromium Oxide Green
Manganese Violet
Color Additive: Manganese Violet
Titanium Dioxide, Oil Dispersible
Color Additive: Titanium Dioxide, Oil Dispersible
Ultramarine Blue (Dark)
Color Additive: Ultramarine Blue (Dark)
Ultramarine Pink
Color Additive: Ultramarine Pink
Ultramarine Violet
Color Additive: Ultramarine Violet
Yellow Oxide
Color Additive: Yellow Oxide

Complementary Mineral Makeup Ingredients

Below is a selection of additional ingredients commonly used in the creation of mineral based cosmetics. Read the descriptions for more information on each ingredient. Be sure to visit the many other skin care categories of our site to find Vegetable Oils, Essential Oils and other ingredients that you may need.

White Kaolin Clay
Clay: Kaolin, White Top Seller!
Coral Calcium Powder
Coral Calcium Powder
Corn Starch
Corn Starch
Arrowroot Powder
Herb: Arrowroot Powder Top Seller!
Mica Powder
Mica Powder
Biron MTU Powder
Mica: Biron MTU
Ronasphere LDP Mineral Makeup Base Filler
Mineral Base: Ronasphere LDP
Superfine Silk Powder
Silk Powder, Superfine
Stearic Acid
Stearic Acid

Packaging and Accessories

Below is a listing of accessories and the most commonly used jars used for storing loose mineral makeup. For a larger selection, visit our Packaging and Equipment areas.

15 ml Jar Sifter Inserts
Container: 15 ml Jar Sifter Insert
15 ml Polystryrene Sifter Jars with Caps
Container: 15 ml Sifter Jar with Cap
25 ml Jar Sifter Inserts
Container: 25 ml Jar Sifter Insert
25 ml Polystyrene Sifter Jars with Caps
Container: 25 ml Sifter Jar Base with Cap
35 ml Double Threaded Stackable Sifter Jars
Container: 35 ml Double Threaded Stackable Jar
35 ml Single Threaded Stackable Base Jars with Caps
Container: 35 ml Single Threaded Stackable Base Jar with Cap
35ml Jar Sifter Inserts
Container: 35 ml Stackable Jar Sifter Insert
Crystal Jar
Container: Crystal Jar
1 oz. Dome Lip Balm Jar
Container: Dome Lip Balm Jar, Clear, 1 oz.
1/2 oz. Dome Lip Balm Jar
Container: Dome Lip Balm Jar, Clear, 1/2 oz.
1/4 oz. Dome Lip Balm Jar
Container: Dome Lip Balm Jar, Clear, 1/4 oz.
2 oz. Clear Flat PET Jars with Black Caps
Container: PET Clear Flat, 2 oz, Black Cap
4 oz. Clear Flat PET Jars with Black Caps
Container: PET Clear Flat, 4 oz, Black Cap
1 oz. Clear PET Jars With Black Caps
Container: PET Clear, 1 oz, Black Cap
1/2 oz. Clear PET Jars with Black Caps
Container: PET Clear, 1/2 oz, Black Cap
2 oz. Clear PET Jars with Black Caps
Container: PET Clear, 2 oz, Black Cap
4 oz. Clear PET Jars with Black Caps
Container: PET Clear, 4 oz, Black Cap
.15 cc Scoop
Equipment: .15 cc Scoop
Measuring Spoon Set
Equipment: Measuring Spoon Set
Silicon Mini Pinch Bowls (Set of 4)
Equipment: Mini Pinch Bowls, Silicon, Set of 4

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