Emulium® Illustro

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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.

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
  • Does not require a co-emulsifier
  • Cold-processable
  • Compatible with a wide range of cosmetic ingredients
  • Patent pending
  • Use level 3-5%

  • 100% natural origin (ISO 16128)
    COSMOS approved
    Readily biodegradable

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

    China NMPA notified


Thanks to Emulium® Illustro, emulsification is easy, fast and can be cold-processable without any co-emulsifier.

When formulating Emulium® Illustro, choosing the right emollients is essential to prevent stability issues.

Discover how to select them in this video!

Designed principally for pigmented formulations, Emulium® Illustro helps to disperse pigments and UV filters and obtain homogeneous and stable formulas. 

Discover how to formulate a natural, sensorial and efficient foundation with our W/O emulsifier Emulium® Illustro!


Sensory image

Emulsions containing Emulium® Illustro present a:

  • Unique sensory imprint
  • Light and soft afterfeel
  • "Skincare" touch
  • Glowy finish and moisturized feeling on the skin

Clinical evaluation

Clinical Emulium Illustro

Emulium® Illustro has been evaluated at 5% in a natural foundation and validated non-comedogenic through a dedicated clinical trial.

This emulsifier has been proven to bring a uniform, flawless skin appearance and enhance the skin quality, even without any make-up.

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