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Exfoliation ImerCare® perlite - a 100% natural volcanic rock exfoliation agent

Natural perlite is an excellent, completely natural exfoliation agent made from volcanic rock and an ideal environment friendly alternative to polymer microbeads used in facial and body scrubs.

Perlite for gentle exfoliation

Perlite is a natural mineral made from volcanic rock which is expanded to form a hollow bead structure.  We engineer this bead structure to obtain the particle shape and size that provides exactly the right exfoliation performance for a particular end application. 

Face and body scrubs

In skincare products such as face and body scrubs, soaps and shower gels, Imerys has combined the natural hardness of perlite’s minute volcanic rock particles with their spherical shape to provide a gentle exfoliation effect.

Scrub performance - ImerCare® P-Scrub vs. polyethylene beads – In vivo desquamation test

In tests, a shower gel containing ImerCare™400P-Scrub demonstrated better exfoliation efficiency than the one containig PE Beads formulated at constant weight 3%.

We recommend the following products from our ImerCare® P-Scrub range for skincare:

  • ImerCare®  120P-Scrub and 190P-Scrub for face scrubs
  • ImerCare®  400P and NEW ImerCare® 700P-Scrub for body scrubs and shower gels
  • ImerCare®  800P-Scrub for exfoliating bar soaps, anti-cellulite peeling gels and foot scrubs 

ImerScrub is a full range of spherical, colored perlites developed using patented technology to provide a refined, aesthetic effect in exfoliating products. ImerScrub can be combined with the white, ImerCare® P-Scrub range to provide a decorative effect in scrubs and shower gels.


All Imerys cosmetic products are natural, high quality, chemically inert and offer good skin tolerance. They are not treated with chemicals during processing. These attributes enable them to be used in cosmetic products that comply with cosmetic directive regulation (EC) n° 1223/2009.


Ecocert – Cosmos logo

All ImerCare® perlite grades* are Cosmos approved. Certificates of origin and additional documentation are available upon request. 

*except ImerCare®  120P-Scrub et ImerCare®  800P-Scrub

We offer a full range of bespoke formulation and technical and process support services to help you match the right mineral grade to your application requirement.

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