EWG level: 1
This is a synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate; also known as synthetic fluorine mica; used as a bulking agent. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is used in a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products including bath products, eye makeup, lipstick, face makeup, as well as nail and skin care products. Phlogopite is a natural mineral of the mica family that consists of layered magnesium aluminum silicate sheets weakly bound together by potassium ions. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is similar, except that in the manufacturing process (which requires high temperatures), some of the hydroxyl groups in the mineral are replaced with fluorine atoms. In addition, while natural phlogopite may be yellow, green or red in color, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is white to grey in color.
Its functions are: Bulking Agent; Viscosity Increasing Agent – Aqueous; Viscosity Controlling
“Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)