Commencement of Sales of Raw Materials for Cosmetics Applications Using Cellulose Nanofibers

May 17, 2023
Marubeni Corporation
Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.

Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) and Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, “Chuetsu Pulp”) have commenced sales of raw materials for cosmetics applications (hereinafter, the “Product”) using “nanoforest®,” an ACC cellulose nanofiber*1 (hereinafter, “CNF”), produced by Chuetsu Pulp.

The demand for environmentally friendly raw materials—in particular sustainable plant-derived raw materials—is increasing in the cosmetics market. CNF produced by Chuetsu Pulp uses 100% natural fibers made from domestic bamboo, including unused bamboo wood, as raw material. In addition to its facility to being supplied in a form that suits the application, this product can be blended to deliver a wide range of functions, including thickening, tactile improvement, pigment dispersion stability, detergency, moisture retention, and emulsion stability.

Product Name
nanoforest-S (MicC) 
nanoforest-M (MicC)
Product Features
①Effective use of unused bamboo materials (environmental conservation efforts)
②Can be provided in a form suitable for each application 
 ・Aqueous dispersion (nanoforest-S; MicC)
 ・Oil dispersion (nanoforest-M; MicC)
 ・Pre-mix (pigment dispersion)
③Plant-derived raw material with a wide range of functions
④Compatible with cold process manufacturing method*2



Exhibition at the 11th Cosmetics Industry Technology Expo “CITE JAPAN 2023”
Marubeni and Chuetsu Pulp will jointly exhibit at the 11th Cosmetics Industry Technology Expo, to be held at Pacifico Yokohama from May 17 (Wed.) to May 19 (Fri.), 2023.

Exhibition at the 11th Cosmetics Industry Technology Expo “CITE JAPAN 2023”
Dates and Times: May 17 (Wed.)—May19 (Fri.), 2023; 10:00—17:00 (10:00—16:00 on final day)
Venue: Pacifico Yokohama
Visitor Information: https://www.citejapan.info/outline.html
Booth No.: D7-06

*1 Cellulose nanofibers made from wood fiber (pulp) that has been micronized by the aqueous counter collision (ACC) method, which harnesses the capacities of water without the addition of chemicals. CNF exhibits amphiphilic properties; namely, it has a hydrophilic surface that easily bonds with water, as well as a hydrophobic surface that easily bonds with oil.


*2 Cold process manufacturing method:
This is a manufacturing method for cosmetics and soap that does not require heating. Since no heating is required, denaturation and volatilization of active ingredients and changes in pigmentation do not occur, and products can be made while retaining the effects of the raw materials. This method is also an environmentally friendly process as it consumes less energy. 

【Related Press Releases】
April 25, 2017
Conclusion of Memorandum of Understanding for Application Development and Sales Operations of Cellulose Nanofibers

【Related Press Releases of Chuetsu Pulp 】
November 15, 2021
Notice of Adoption of Bamboo Derived nanoforest® Body Wash and Body Milk

October17, 2022
Notice of Adoption of Bamboo Derived nanoforest® Colored Beauty Cream Cushion

Media Relations Sec., Corporate Communications Department, Marubeni Corporation; Tel.: 03-3282-2183
Development Division, Nanoforest Business Department, Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Corporation; Tel.: 0766-26-2472