Synthetic mica, also known as synthetic fluorphlogopite, is one of the components of the plastic-free glitters, lusters and pigments. Recently, synthetic mica is becoming more popular in the cosmetic and industrial applications due to its superior quality, purity, and ethical supply chain.
Overall, synthetic mica aremore pure, brighter, clearer and more reflective. For high volume users, batches are more consistent. When using the powders, synthetic mica is more compressible. Also, they are heat resistant and cold process stable. Important colors such as white is clearer and whiter and metallic colors don’t “bleed”. Special effect pigments like interference with multiple colors are also made possible with synthetic mica.
Lastly, the mica industry is combating the problem of illegal child labor and the use of synthetic mica can help mitigate some of the problem. According to industry research, about 25% of the world production of mica comes from illegal connection in Northeast India, where more than 20,000 children are working in extremely harsh conditions to mine mica in order to support their family. On the other hand, synthetic mica is lab made without any child labor issues. So synthetic mica is an ethical and environmental friendly alternative to natural mica.