Selvol™ Ultalux AD Product Information

Advanced Adhesive and Film-Forming Properties for Personal Care Formulations

Selvol Ultalux AD PVOH copolymer (INCI: vinyl amine/vinyl alcohol copolymer) is an advanced adhesion promoter and film former applicable in skin care, color cosmetics, hair and rinse-off systems. Incorporating the amine functional group within the Selvol Ultalux AD polymer lends advanced surface activity with pH-targeted properties.

Amine functional copolymers show superior strength and adhesion to a range of surfaces, including skin, compared to related anionic or nonionic polymers. This cosmetic-grade PVOH copolymer gives functionality to many personal care formulations, such as viscosity control, emulsion stability control and solubility modification.

Additionally, Selvol Ultalux AD provides a balance of adhesion and film-forming in formulations such as masks and peels, anti-aging creams, lotions and pore strips. As part of the Ultalux range of PVOH and PVOH derivatives, we test Selvol Ultalux AD for high quality and purity. We have verified that it is nonirritating on skin.

Available in five grades, the Ultalux range offers a spectrum of qualities. The SEKISUI Selvol Ultalux line includes highly functional PVOH copolymer grades: SC and AD. Moreover, the new offerings provide excellent adhesion, lower viscosity and good tensile strength in film formation. Testing also has shown Ultalux SC improves hydration by 15% in a facial mask formulation, compared to one using a conventional PVOH polymer.

Selvol™ Ultalux AD Functions

  • Adhesion promoter
  • Film former
  • Tightener
  • Reaction intermediate

Applications of Selvol Ultalux AD in Personal Care Formulations

Manufacturers can use this PVOH copolymer in brow makeup, anti-aging products, eyelash glues, eye shadows, facial masks, peels and pore strips.

Selvol™ Ultalux AD Properties

Grade Viscosity, cps1 pH2 Tensile Strength, psi3 Modulus, psi Elongation at Break, % Adhesion to Glass, g
Selvol™ Ultalux AD 450 – 550 11.0 – 12.0 1,200 – 1,400 3,100 – 4,100 > 110 – 130 220 – 280

1. Viscosity of a 15% solution, 20°C
2. 4% aqueous solution
3. Tensile properties and adhesion as measured on films containing 12% PVOH and 3% glycerin after casting and drying in a controlled temperature and humidity room for 24 hours

Exfoliating Face Mask Formulation With Selvol™ Ultalux AD

In an exfoliating face mask formulation, Selvol Ultalux AD is an exceptional adhesion promoter, film former, stabilizer and viscosity control agent.

Ingredient WT %
Water 67
Selvol™ Ultalux FA 10
Selvol™ Ultalux AD 2
Ethanol 15
Propylene glycol 3
Glycerin 2
Polysorbate-20 1
Preservatives q.s.
Fragrances and extracts q.s.


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