Selvol™ Ultalux SC Product Information

Advanced Hydration in Personal Care Formulations

Selvol Ultalux SC polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) copolymer (INCI: VP/vinyl alcohol copolymer) is a unique film former and adhesion promoter. It is especially applicable in skin care, hair care and color cosmetics products.

In fact, the SC grade provides an ideal balance of film-forming and adhesion. Additionally, it improves hydration for use in masks and peels, antiaging creams and lotions, pore strips and scar treatment creams. This improved hydration makes it fantastic for use in moisturizers, multipurpose creams and moisturizing masks.

We have also tested Selvol Ultalux SC for high quality and purity and have verified it is nonirritating on skin.

At SEKISUI, we guarantee top quality in all our Ultalux products.

Functions in Personal Care Formulations

The SC grade offers a range of functions, but these are its most outstanding:

  • Adhesion promoter
  • Film former
  • Fixative
  • Moisturizer
  • Viscosity enhancer and controller

Applications in Personal Care Formulations

Manufacturers can use this grade in an array of products:

  • Cosmetics
    • Brow makeup
    • Eyeliners
    • Eye shadows
    • Mascaras
  • Hair care
    • Ethnic hair care/weave formulations
    • Hairstyling gels
    • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Other products
    • Antiaging products
    • Body washes
    • Facial masks and peels
    • Pore strips
    • Scar treatments

Contact us for more information about Ultalux SC, or request a sample today.

Selvol Ultalux SC Properties

Grade Viscosity, cps1 pH2 Tensile Strength, psi3 Modulus, psi Elongation at Break, % Adhesion to Glass, g
Selvol Ultalux SC 1,400 – 1,600 5.5 – 7.0 1,500 – 2,500 3,250 – 4,250 > 200 110 – 150

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

Improved Hydration in Facial Mask Formulations

Compared to other PVOH-based facial masks, Ultalux SC offers excellent skin adhesion, flexible film-forming characteristics and superior hydration.

Moisturizing Face Mask Formulation

Moisturization Ratio
(Area A/Area B)
Selvol Ultalux SC face mask 2.9
Typical PVOH face mask 2.5
Ingredient WT %
Water 71
Selvol Ultalux SC 12
Ethanol 12
Glycerin 2
PEG 400 2
Propylene glycol 1


1. In a mixing vessel with a high-speed mixer, add 15% Ultalux SC solution.
2. Add ethanol, glycerin, PEG 400, polysorbate-20, preservatives, fragrances and extracts, with blending.
3. Allow the solution to deaerate so that it is free of bubbles.

  • This product shows a greater than 15% improvement in hydration.

  • It also produces a 50% reduction in cook time.


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