Care products and cosmetics

Care products and cosmetics should give the skin a fresh, natural appearance and at the same time be well tolerated and safe in use. Kuraray Poval LV grades are specially developed for the cosmetics industry and are used for peel off masks, mascara, sunscreen or shampoos. Thanks to their particularly low methanol (MeOH) content below 0,3% ex Germany and even below 0.1% ex Japan), they are particularly environmentally friendly and safe to use.

Polyvinyl alcohol is a nonionic water-soluble polymer that is well suited for water based cosmetic and personal care products. Polyvinyl alcohol is a linear and crystalline polymer that is also biodegradable under the right conditions.

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Why use KURARAY POVAL™ LV in cosmetics?

  • Very strong hydrophilic film forming agent
  • Good binder
  • Good biocompatibility
  • Product regulatory information well documented
  • GMP production
    ->Excellent option for transparent peel-off masks

KURARAY POVAL™ LV is recognized as one of the very few vinyl polymers which is water soluble and biodegradable in water in the presence of suitably acclimated micro-organisms (test method ISO 14851)


  • Film former
  • Adhesion promotor
  • Encapsulater
  • Emulsifier
  • Lubricant
  • Viscosity controller


  • Skin care (peel off mask, etc.)
  • Color cosmetics (mascara, brows, etc.)
  • Sun care
  • Hair care (hair colorant, shampoo, etc.)

Brochure "KURARAY POVAL™ LV Grades for Personal Care Applications"

KURARAY POVAL™ LV-grades have been specially designed for cosmetic and personal care applications. For these grades we have compiled adapted regulatory brochures/ dossiers and give statements on: Nanomaterials, Heavy metals, Micro-plastics, Fragrances, Methanol, Animal testing and Biodegradation. The KURARAY POVAL™ LV-grades are produced under GMP conditions and have a specified Methanol (MeOH) content below 0,3% ex Germany and even below 0.1% ex Japan.

Technical Data Sheet KURARAY POVAL­™ LV