Ultramarines

EWG level: 1-4

This is a mineral-derived blue pigment composed of sodium, aluminum, silicate and sulfate; may be produced synthetically.  Ultramarines are used in the formulation of a wide variety of product types. Ultramarines are synthetic pigments (blue, green, pink, red, and violet) of sodium aluminum sulfosilicate. Natural Ultramarine occurs as a component of the deep-blue stone, lapis lazuli. They are made from mineral sources such as clay and sodium carbonate. Because compounds come from the earth they may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. The levels of heavy metals in Ultramarines are regulated by the FDA, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health. In cosmetics and personal care products, Ultramarines are used in the formulation of a wide variety of product types.

Its Funtions: Colorant; Cosmetic Colorant

Concerns, “Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available ” (FDA Everything Added to Food)

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