Carminic acid is a natural, organic molecule that can be found in insects called cochineals, which are native to parts of South and North America. In order to protect themselves and safeguard their primary source of food (cacti), the insects produce carminic acid – though this substance has proven just as useful to humans. To place an order of Wholesale carminic acid liquid, enquire today using the form below.
The vivid red hue of carminic acid soon caught the eye of Henry Edward Schunk, a renowned dye chemist. In 1894, he successfully extracted the substance from cochineals, paving the way for its future use.
Over the years, carminic acid has been used to dye everything from textiles to paper, cosmetic products, medication and food. Elsewhere, it’s used as an ink pigment and to colour paint, making it one of the most versatile natural colourings around.
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