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ImerCare P-Scrub

ImerCare® P-Scrub Your environment-friendly solution for scrubs and anti-dandruff shampoos

  • Gentle exfoliation in face and body scrubs
  • Eco-friendly alternative to polymer beads
  • Boosts anti-dandruff shampoo performance

The innovative ImerCare® P-Scrub range is an engineered perlite portfolio derived from volcanic rock, designed as an environment friendly alternative to polymer microbeads used in face and body scrubs. ImerCare® P-Scrub comprises a range of particle sizes to provide just the right exfoliation effect in face, body and foot scrubs and anti-dandruff shampoos.

The combination of the natural hardness of perlite with proprietary technologies to rigorously control the particle size distribution and shape provides unparalleled benefits to formulators looking for eco-friendly exfoliation solutions with a soft touch feel.

SEM photograph, ImerCare 190 P-Scrub
The rounded shaped of ImerCare® 190 P-Scrub confers a gentle exfoliation effect in face scrubs

Body and face scrubs, shower gels, soaps

ImerCare® P-Scrub provides superior performance in body and face scrubs, shower gels, liquid and bar soaps, cleansers and anti-cellulite peeling gels.

Used in formulations at 3-5%, ImerCare® P-Scrub provides:

  • Gentle exfoliation removing dead skin cells
  • Rejuvenation of new skin cells 
  • Stimulation of cell renewal
  • Smooth, healthy skin
  • Creamier lather
  • Luminous, glowing skin

Eco-friendly replacement for polymer beads

ImerCare P-Scrub grades are ideal natural alternatives to oil-derived products such as PE beads. 

They can be used to replace PE beads with a 50% weight reduction for similar exfoliation properties. 

Scrub performance – ImerCare® P-Scrub vs. PE beads

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

Grades range from 100 to 800 microns, depending on end use. 

This technology has been patented by Imerys and results from a 5-month assessment program with clinical and in-vitro tests (further details of study available on request). 
Recommended grades:

  • ImerCare® 120P-Scrub and 190P-Scrub for face scrubs
  • ImerCare® 400P-Scrub 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

Anti-dandruff shampoos

SEM image of ImerCare® 90P-Scrub
ImerCare® 90P-Scrub crushed beads provide excellent exfoliation and foam boosting in anti-dandruff shampoos

ImerCare® 90P-Scrub has been specifically developed for dandruff control in anti-dandruff shampoos.

The controlled particle size and shape of ImerCare® 90P-Scrub:

  • Removes dandruff leaving the scalp cleaner and more comfortable
  • Boosts foam formation
  • Gives a creamy texture

 Typically, improvement is seen at 3-5% of ImerCare® 90P-Scrub in the shampoo formulation.
This technology has been patented by Imerys and results from a 7-month assessment program with clinical and in-vitro tests (further details of study available on request). 


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® P-Scrub grades* are Cosmos approved. Certificates of origin and additional documentation are available upon request.

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

ImerCare Scrub Perlite, the natural alternative to PE beads

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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