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Microcrystalline Cellulose

Approved Ingredients
Microcrystalline Cellulose

Microcrystalline Cellulose

Microcrystalline cellulose is a white, odourless powder that can be used as a binder and bulking agent in tablets. It is derived from wood pulp or plant fibres, which are processed to create small, crystalline particles of cellulose.

In tablets, microcrystalline cellulose is used to help hold the tablet together and provide a smooth, uniform texture. It can also act as a mild abrasive, helping to gently remove stains without causing damage.

Microcrystalline cellulose is biodegradable and is also approved for use in food products by regulatory agencies around the world, so can safely be used in oral care.


Vranić, E., Lacević, A., Mehmedagić, A., & Uzunović, A. (2004). Formulation ingredients for toothpastes and mouthwashes. Bosnian journal of basic medical sciences, 4(4), 51–58.

INCI Name:
Microcrystalline Cellulose
Ingredient origins:
Wood Pulp, Plant Fibres
Tabletting Aid
Common name:
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.