Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC)


Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC) is a fine white powder with very good flowing properties which are perfectly suitable for water-free formulations like makeup powders.   Microcrystalline Cellulose  acts as a highly effective filler and thickening agent and plays roles such as an abrasive, absorbent, anti-caking agent, and as an emulsion stabilizer in cosmetic creams.

Structurally MCC consists of glucose units connected by 1-4 beta glycosidic bonds. Its crystalline structure makes it insoluble in water and resistant to reagents. MCC  is a white, free-flowing powder derived from plant matter. It’s inert ( does not react chemically with other products), non-digestible, and provides dietary bulk in food applications.

What does MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE do in a formulation?

  • Absorbent
  • Anticaking
  • Bulking
  • Opacifying
  • Smoothing

Safety profile

Microcrystalline Cellulose is considered safe for use in cosmetics. It is non-irritating and non-sensitizing to the skin. Derived from plant cellulose, it is vegan-friendly. However, it may have minor side effects on sensitive skin, so patch testing is recommended. When used as intended, Microcrystalline Cellulose offers a safe and effective option for exfoliation and texturizing in skincare and cosmetic products.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

0.05 kg (50g), 0.10 kg (100g), 0.25kg (250 g), 0.5 kg, 1 kg, 5 kg

Technical Data

Technical Data

Property Values
Boiling Point 667.9°C
Melting Point 76-78°C
pH 5-7.5
Solubility Insoluble in water
Viscosity Low

Grade : Conforms to BP2019, Ph.Eur 9.0, USP42-NF37 E460

CAS Number 9004-34-6