Emulium® Mellifera MB is a natural O/W emulsifier that allows the formulation of a wide range of textures suitable for all skin types and climates. It creates natural emulsions with white and luxurious appearance, while leaving a light and smooth afterfeel. Its moisturizing and anti-pollution properties, its capacity to visibly improve skin texture and its high tolerance even for sensitive and hyper reactive skin make Emulium® Mellifera MB an active emulsifier.

To go further in understanding the attributes of a healthy skin, Gattefossé demonstrated that Emulium® Mellifera MB is “microbiome-friendly”, meaning that it maintains, even improves the cutaneous microbiota balance.

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New clinical study
The objective of this research was to study the effect of an emulsion formulated with 4% of Emulium® Mellifera MB on moisturization, skin barrier function and to understand its impact on cutaneous microbiota. Several evaluation techniques have been used:

- Study of cutaneous microbiota by amplification and sequencing of ribosomal 16S DNA

- Biometrological measures: corneometry, TEWL

- Self-assessment by the volunteers on various criteria

- Questionnaire to understand what volunteers know about cutaneous microbiota

- Overall satisfaction questionnaire

Maintaining the cutaneous integrity and balance of the skin flora
Results showed an increase of moisturization, a reduction of TEWL reflecting a better barrier function and an improvement of the skin quality of volunteers. 

More importantly, the study of cutaneous microbiota after application of an emulsion containing Emulium® Mellifera MB revealed that the taxonomic diversity and richness of the skin flora have been at least maintained or even improved for 81% of volunteers. These parameters are directly linked to a healthy skin, able to defend itself against external aggressions.

A natural and flexible emulsifier

Emulium® Mellifera MB is a natural and PEG-free O/W emulsifier based on the transformation and functionalization of natural waxes, a patented technology developed by Gattefossé oleochemists.

From beeswax and jojoba wax, the wax butter obtained by esterification and interesterification brings a unique sensoriality and moisturizing properties to this emulsifier.

Flexible, it allows the creation of a wide range of textures, from sprayable lotions to thick butters, and applications, such as skincare, suncare or makeup.


About Gattefossé
Gattefossé is a French company who develops, manufactures and sells specialty ingredients for the personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Specialist in lipid chemistry and plant extraction, the group offers recognized expertise in formulation using its 4 application laboratories.

Gattefossé markets its products in more than 60 countries through 12 affiliated companies and a network of agents and distributors which provide solid technical support to its customers: 75% of its turnover is achieved outside France.

The company remains a family-run, independent business since its creation in 1880 and now employs 320 people worldwide.

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