Emulium® Illustro

Pigment empowered

Emulium® Illustro is a water-in-oil emulsifier that is highly compatible with pigments and UV filters, but also with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients. PEG-free and COSMOS approved, this new ingredient perfectly meets consumer requirements in terms of naturality and formulator expectations in performance and flexibility.

Use level


Worldwide approval for cosmetic applications
Listed on IECIC (Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China) 2015
COSMOS approved
Patent pending

Polyglyceryl-6 Polyhydroxystearate (and)
Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate (and)

Today, there is growing consumer interest for silicone-free, natural color cosmetics and sunscreens.
Gattefossé has applied its strong knowledge in lipid chemistry to the development of Emulium® Illustro. Six years of research and development have been necessary to create this performant and flexible emulsifier, that can replace water-in-silicone textures.


  • Designed principally for pigmented formulations
  • 100% natural origin
  • Does not require a co-emulsifier
  • Cold-processable
  • Compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients


  • From ultra fluid to thick textures
  • Color cosmetics: foundations, concealers, BB and CC creams, highlighters, eye and lip products
  • Sun care: organic and inorganic sunscreens
  • Skin care
  • Natural, organic and vegan formulations


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