Pigments and Lakes are surface-treated to modify their physicochemical behaviours
Lipophilic treatments promote better skin adhesion (NJE-treated powders vs. untreated)
Fluorinated treatments are both hydrophobic and lipophobic (water, colored in blue and oil, colored in red, form droplets)
Powders and pigments may be modified to make their surface water repellent (hydrophobic), oil dispersible (lipophilic), both lipophobic and hydrophobic, or hydrophilic. Other objectives of surface treating are to reduce surface activity, improve skin compatibility, physical or chemical stability and enhance pigment loading in formulas.
  • Fluorinated Treatment

    • Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane Treatment (FS)

      Kobo’s new environmentally agreeable treatment Fluoro Silane is both hydrophobic and lipohobic which adherently contributes to long wear in makeup. Our (FS) Treatment includes pigments such as Lakes and Iron Oxides.

    • Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane Treatment (FHS)

      This treatment offers hydrophobic and lipophobic properties. It is excellent for long-wear makeup products because of its resilience to perspiration and sebum and offers a more natural appearance.



  • Hybrid Treatment

    • Hybrid Treatment (11SP)

      Kobo now offers a double treatment of silane and polyhydroxystearic acid (11SP). This patent pending treatment renders the pigments and powders hydrophobic and lipophilic.

    • Hybrid Treatment (TTB)

      These new, patented treatments combine ITT and Dimethicone (ITT/Dimethicone) to form a crosspolymer at the surface of the pigment, making them "super-dispersible" in esters, silicones and hydrocarbons.
      Treated pigments and powders have excellent hydrophobicity, stability over a wide range of pH and a better affinity for the skin than common silicone coatings.

    • Dimethicone and Pseudo Dermal Lipid Treatment (DS-PDL3)

      This treatment contributes water resistance and smoothness to finished products as other silicone treatments do. PDL3 mimics stratum corneum intercellular lipid. This treatment provides excellent skin protection effect (barrier function to maintain moisture) and skin compatibility and adhesion. It is available on Mica, Talc, Sericite, TiO2, Iron Oxides and Spherical Silica.



  • Lipophilic Treatment

    • Titanate Treatment (ITT)

      Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (ITT) surface treatment is one of Kobo's patented technologies. ITT treated pigments and powders can easily be dispersed in many esters, mineral oils or hydrocarbons at over 70% solids.
      ITT treated pigments and powders are used to develop dry feeling cream-to-powder formulas or liquid foundations, cheek color, eye shadow and sunscreen formulations. They also have excellent affinity to the skin.
      ITT treatment is patented and approved for use globally.

    • ITT/Amino Acid Treatment (ASI)


      This Treatment is the result of Combining ITT with Amino Acid Treatment. It gives Hydropophobic and Lipophilic properties, which make the treated pigments disperse easily into oils. It provides a creamy texture, moisturizing feel and uniform spreading. The recommended applications are hot pours, powders, emulsions and gels.



  • Natural Treatment

    • Stearoyl Glutamic Acid (ASG)

      This natural, Ecocert-approved treatment is a Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Amino Acid coating that offers hydrophobic properties. It gives a great, moist, creamy feel, especially in powders, while also offering good skin adhesion. It is recommended for emulsions, hot pours, anhydrous gels and powders.

    • Lecithin Treatment (CL)

      This natural, lecithin treatment has hydrophobic and lipophilic properties and provides an exceptional smooth and silky skin feel, particularly in pressed powders.

    • Magnesium Myristate Treatment (MM)

      This is a Natural, Vegetable-derived, Magnesium Myristate Treatment. It has Hydrophobic and Lipophilic properties, is almost odorless. It provides a creamy texture, excellent pressability and good adherence to the skin. It is recommended for use in hot pours and powders.

    • Jojoba Ester Treatment (NJE)

      Kobo's patented process enables pigment particles to be rendered hydrophobic with this treatment. This treatment offers a creamy feel and good affinity to the skin. Due to their good pressabilty these products are recommended for use in powders, as well as emulsions and hot pours.

    • Hydrogenated Lecithin Treatment (PC)

      This natural, Hydrogenated Lecithin treatment treatment, is Hydrophobic yet moisturizing. It provides a highly creamy feel and good affinity to the skin. The recommended applications are Hot Pours and Powders.

    • Gemini Type Amiphiphilic Amino Acid Treatment (ASL)

      The Gemini Type Amphiphilic Amino Acid Treatment is natural and Ecocert approved. It is Hydrophobic, and can contribute water proofness to formulations while providing a moisturizing effect and good feel. The recommended applications are emulsions and pressed powders.

    • Silica Treatment (SIH)

      This Silica Treatment is hydrophilic therefore pigments with this treatment applied will disperse well in water. SIH treated pigments and powders demonstrate brighter colors and less surface activity. All of the Iron Oxides are Ecocert approved.



  • Silicone Treatment

    • Silane Treatment (11S)

      Triethoxycaprylylsilane treated pigments and powders are easy to disperse in esters, mineral oils and silicone fluids, and higher pigment loading can be achieved as compared to methicone treated pigments. They also have zero hydrogen potential and no residual methanol.

    • Dimethicone Treatment (DS)

      This Dimethicone treatment is good for wet/dry powder formulation and W/Si emulsions. It has no Hydrogen potential, is less hydrophobic than methicone treatment, and it provides good slip and more lubricious feel than methicone. The recommended applications are W/Si emulsions and powders.

    • Methicone Treatment (MS)

      This Methicone Treatment is very hydrophobic and is stable at pH of 3 – 9. It gives a somewhat dry skin feel. It is good for wet/dry powder formulation, W/Si emulsions and hot pours.