The price of carbomer, a raw material used in cosmetics, is rising

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After BYD masks are selling well across the ocean, netizens sigh: Bring a Ferrari ventilator, wear Armani protective clothing, and use LV hand sanitizer. Every inhalation is heartbeat. When thinking about whether to use Dior and Guerlain's hand sanitizers, I found that they did not know whether they could be used in their cosmetics.

The price of carbomer, an important raw material for cosmetics, rose rapidly, causing cosmetics companies to face a crisis. The price of carbomer once rose from 160 to 260 per kilogram, and it continues to rise. The protagonist of the daily chemical industry, Carbomer simply wants to catch up with meltblown cloth.

Carbomer is a high molecular polymer cross-linked with acrylic acid and allyl sucrose or allyl pentaerythritol ether. It is an acrylic high molecular polymer. The disposable disinfectant gel or disinfectant gel used during the epidemic is made of this material. It is not only used in disinfectant and cosmetics, but also in various daily necessities such as shampoo and toothpaste.

Carbomer gel for skin care

Carbomer has very efficient thickening and suspension properties, easy to form gel. Because of its special molecular structure, it can absorb water 400-500 times its own weight. With water swelling, the viscosity of the system gradually increases to form a gel, which then achieves the effects of thickening, suspension and stability. These special properties make Carbomer It is difficult to have substitutes.

After the epidemic, the disinfectants and hand sanitizers of all major supermarkets were wiped out, and major manufacturers also used Carbomer to produce more hand sanitizers. As a result, the price of carbomer has risen wildly, and with the gradual intensification of the epidemic, the manufacturers of carbomer have also been affected, making the supply of products in short supply.

On the other hand, polypropylene (PP), the main material of cosmetic plastic packaging, has also seen a surge in prices. This polypropylene and carbomer (polyacrylic acid) are like cousins ​​to suffering, it is the main raw material of "mask heart" melt blown cloth. Plastic packaging includes thermoplastic polyester (PET), polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP), etc. Among them, PP is an environmentally friendly material and can be directly contacted with cosmetics and food, and according to different molecular structures , Can reach three different soft and hard levels.

However, you don’t need to worry too much about whether the price of cosmetics has risen sharply. One is that the cost of cosmetic raw materials does not exceed 10% of the terminal price. The second is that domestic manufacturers like Desheng that produce carbomers have adopted technology And capacity upgrades can continue to meet the market's demand for carbomer raw materials.