Selvol™ Ultalux FF Product Information

Adhesive and Film-Forming Properties for Personal Care Formulations

Selvol Ultalux FF polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is a high molecular weight film former and adhesion promoter. Manufacturers can use it in a wide range of personal care applications, such as peelable masks, multipurpose creams, body washes, sunscreens and cosmetics.

Additionally, as part of the Ultalux PVOH range, we test the FF grade for high quality and purity. We have found it is nonirritating in skin care formulations.

Selvol Ultalux FF Functions

SEKISUI’s Ultalux FF offers a variety of valuable mechanisms:

  • Adhesion promoter
  • Film former
  • Fixative
  • Foaming promoter
  • Fragrance deliverer
  • Lubricant
  • Viscosity enhancement and control

Applications of Selvol Ultalux FF in Personal Care Formulations

Manufacturers can use this PVOH product in many personal care items:

  • Brow makeup
  • Antiaging products
  • Body washes
  • Ethnic hair care/weaves
  • Eyelashes
  • Eyeliners
  • Eye shadows
  • Hairstyling gels
  • Mascaras
  • Facial masks and peels
  • Pore strips
  • Scar treatments
  • Shampoos and conditioners

Selvol Ultalux FF Properties

Grade Viscosity, cps1 pH2 Tensile Strength, psi3 Modulus, psi Elongation at Break, % Adhesion to Glass, g
Selvol Ultalux FF 22,000 – 26,000 4.5 – 6.5 1,400 – 2,000 1,500 – 2,500 > 200 100 – 140

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

Black Mascara Formulation With Ultalux FF

In black mascara formulations, Ultalux FF acts as an adhesion promoter, film former and viscosity control agent.

Ingredient WT %
Water 88.00
SD alcohol 40-B 4.50
Carbomer 940 2.30
Triethenolamine 1.00
Selvol Ultalux FF 1
Glycerin 0.50
Methylparaben 0.25
Trisodium EDTA 0.05
Iron oxide black 2.40


Vessel 1: Combine water, Selvol Ultalux FF, trisodium EDTA, glycerin and heat to 80°C for 30 minutes or until solids are no longer present. Then, transfer to Vessel 2.
Vessel 2: Combine water, 2.3% carbomer 940 solution, iron oxide black and heat to 80°C for 30 minutes. Then, cool the mixture to 28°-35°C before adding it to Vessels 3 and 4.
Vessel 3: Combine ethanol and methylparaben in a beaker, and mix on a stir plate for 30 minutes or until the methylparaben has completely wet out into the ethanol. Then, add the mixture to Vessel 2.
Vessel 4: Combine triethanolamine and water in a beaker, and mix on a stir plate for 30 minutes or until the TEA has completely wet out into the water. Finally, add the mixture to Vessel 2.

Typical Properties

Appearance: Black, tacky cream/liquid

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