Trends, trends and more trends. If there is one thing that defines the cosmetics industry, it is that it is evolving at a dizzying speed. To meet current consumer demands you have to reinvent yourself on a daily basis, and we know that when it comes to finding ingredients for a specific formulation, there are a lot of components to keep in mind: reliability of the source, product shelf life, product quality, regulatory issues, etc.
At Barcelonesa, we make your life easier. We feature a wide range of basic raw materials and solutions for colour cosmetics, skincare, hygiene products, hair care, etc. Additionally, we work with international partners that are continuously innovating and launching new products in line with current market trends. Therefore, we can advise you in your search for ingredients, or suggest alternatives to products you are currently using but need to replace to achieve your desired formulation.
We know our work directly impacts people's quality of life, which is why we work with you on a one to one basis, supplying you with the ingredients you need to ensure the successful development of your cosmetic products.
Wide range of ingredients
We suggest alternatives
We seek out new ingredients
Active ingredients feature highly diverse properties and are essential to achieving greater efficacy in the formulation of your cosmetic product. We offer active ingredients that can be used in both water- based and oil-based applications, offering greater functionality to your formula.
Our active ingredients are plant-based, synthetic, animal-derived or biotechnological, depending on your formulation.
Want to create a cosmetic where colour is the protagonist? Then pigments are what you are looking for.
At Barcelonesa, we work with a wide range of pigments using mica, synthetic mica, silicate, bismuth oxychloride, aluminium, pigments coated with a high percentage of silver, etc. that will help you achieve the desired effect in your colour cosmetics. Among others, we offer pigments predispersed in natural oil that are ready-to-use so you can easily add them to your formulation and achieve a uniform result.
We also have encapsulated pigments and functional encapsulated agents that offer greater efficacy or enable you to create a formulation with incompatible ingredients. Our aesthetic encapsulated agents offer multiple possibilities for formulating aesthetically attractive cosmetics.
The cosmetics sector has undergone a transformation in recent years, evolving towards greener products. Achieve a green, sustainable, and organic formulation for your cosmetic or personal care product with our plant-based oils and butters. We work with many traditional oils as well as exotic oils from all over the globe.
What's more, some of our oils come from local farmers, which means that together we are contributing to corporate social responsibility projects by collaborating with smallholder farmers and their communities.
Surfactants are widely used in the cosmetics industry as ingredients in shampoos and conditioners thanks to their moisturising, lathering, and emulsifying properties.
Here at Barcelonesa, we have been distributing surfactants for over 25 years. This has endowed us with necessary experience and knowledge both about the products as well as their composition and applications. We offer a wide range of surfactants under our own Bartensid brand, sourced from various international partners. We guarantee full traceability of the origin of the product and the composition of the surfactant. We can also provide you with concentrated bases or suggest alternatives to the surfactants you are currently using to help you obtain certifications such as Ecocert (European Organic Certification) or COSMOS (COSMetic Organic Standard), ensuring that our surfactant complies with the certification requirements.
Our experience has taught us that choosing the right surfactant is not an easy task. Which is why we truly understand your needs when offering you the ingredients that best fit the result you are seeking for your cosmetic formula.
Supercritical CO2 extracts are trending in cosmetics due to their superior benefits compared to others obtained with other types of solvents (such as glycerine or alcohol, for example). At Barcelonesa, we distribute 100% natural fat-soluble extracts that are free from chemical solvents and additives. The selective extracts will enable you to use them in natural, perfume-free formulas.
We work side-by-side with a partner who is an expert in supercritical CO2 extraction technology and has wide-ranging know-how about all things plants, all so we can offer you the highest quality ingredients. Our ingredients are dermatologically tested so you can add them to cosmetic products such as anti-ageing creams, soothing creams, or moisturising cosmetic products for all skin types, even the most sensitive types.
You will contribute to protecting the environment, reducing our environmental footprint, and will be collaborating with socially responsible projects with a focus on circular economy.
Plant-based extracts contain active substances that provide the skin with well-known properties. The type of extract you choose will depend on how it is used in the formulation and the regulatory or quality requirements that must be met (ISO 16128, COSMOS, etc). Our range of extracts includes the following families:
Emollient agents and emulsifiers are two basic components in any stable cream or lotion that is pleasant to the touch. Emulsifiers enable compatibility between ingredients while emollient agents give a formula its texture and desired moisturisation.
Our portfolio features both synthetic ingredients and derivatives of renewable raw materials that complement each other to achieve safer and more effective cosmetics.
Oxidising agents facilitate the chemical reaction that is required to strip hair of its colour. At Barcelonesa, we've been dedicated to the chemical industry since 1942. Our experience in raw materials distribution puts us in an excellent position in terms of products like persulfate salts or oxygenated water, which are ideal for achieving highly effective oxidation.
We've also seen recent a shift in trends due to regulatory changes. Despite that, silicones continue to be used in practically all cosmetic products: make-up bases, mascaras, creams, hair products, etc., as these provide softness and uniformity to the hair or skin. Our range of silicones includes both water-soluble silicones and mildly soluble and insoluble silicones
Rheology modifiers, also known as thickeners or viscosity modifiers, do much more than just thicken a cosmetic product. They help us give a formulation its desired consistency, thereby achieving the product's desired effect. Our line of rheology modifiers provides formulations with a quality structure, enabling the end result to be adapted to the client's needs.
At Barcelonesa, we are a team of professionals that has been collaborating with first-tier suppliers and manufacturers since 1942. Our experience as distributors enables us to connect cosmetics manufacturers and formulators with the most appropriate solution.
Our range of basic ingredients for cosmetics can be used in colour cosmetics, skincare, hygiene products, hair care, etc.