How is glitter made?


Glitter dates back into the Upper Paleolithic period from 40,000 – 10,000 BC. Although not the conventional precision cut particles that have in the 21st century, glitter in the form of crushed up mica, a platy shimmery mineral, has been found in ancient cave paintings. The ancient Egyptians and Cleopatra also used a form of glitter, they used crushed up beetles. The word glitter comes from the Norse word “Glitra”, a Norse verb which essentially means the same as glitter when used as a verb today. The word glitter has also been found to date back to the 14th century. The first mass produced glitter was made in the United States of America in 1934 when machinist Henry Ruschmann found a way to grind plastics and other maetrials from landfill into fine particles which he could then sell as a consumer products, he went on to found Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc. in Bernardsville, New Jersey, this company is still a producer of glitter.


Glitter can be made of many different materials including metals and glass, but cosmetic glitter is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Don’t ever use craft glitters on your body, they can do a lot of harm, be sure to always choose a reputable supplier of cosmetic grade glitter. PET is a thermoplastic polymer resin, it is a versatile plastic and is commonly used for plastic bottles. PET film is made by combining layers of PET, coloring additives and a reflective material such as aluminium, titanium dioxide or iron oxide, and bismuth oxychloride. The thickness of the reflective layer determines the color of the glitter, but for some colors a color additive is also required to achieve the desired effect. This film is then put onto rolls, these rolls are fed into a cutting machine which uses a rotary knife system to cut the glitter into uniform particles with no waste. These machines can cut to specified sizes and shapes with precision, the shapes we used are hexagonal, this “rounded” shape is the safest for cosmetic use. At the end of this process we have the sparkly product we all love, glitter.


Our range of cosmetic grade glitters are safe for basically anything you can imagine. The “rounded” cutting allows them to be applied to the skin smoothly and comfortable, they are made of FDA approved ingredients only, with most of them being safe for use around the eyes, although they are non-toxic and safe for use around the eyes care should be taken, any foreign particles in the eyes can cause irratation, so they should be applied properly. Some uses include mixing with your other cosmetics such as eye-liners, mascaras, moisturizers, nail polish, or any other cosmetics you wish to add a little bit, or a lot of sparkle to. They are also great for body art such as glitter tattoos or sprinkled on body and face paints to add that beautiful sparkle. Our glitters are NOT tested on animals, cruelty-free and 100% vegan friendly.