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Auro Raw Materials Guide

For over 30 years Auro have been developing ecologically sound decorating products using a wide range of natural and mineral raw materials. Below you will find a list of raw ingredients Auro use within their products along with where they are sourced. Which Ingredients are used within products can be found on the relevant product pages and corresponding datasheets. The below information is sourced from Auro Germany's website.


Renewable Natural Ingredients

Logwood extract (HAEMATOXYLEN CAMPECHIANUM WOOD EXTRACT) - Produced from the heartwood of trees cultivated in plantations, used for dyeing, its colour range covers blue and violet black shades. Sourced from Europe.

Beeswax (CERA ALBA) - Pure, unbleached, ductile beeswax from best provenances, controlled low residue level. Sourced from Germany

Carnauba wax (COPERNICA CERIFERA CERA) - Hard, water-repellent wax obtained from a Brazilian palm tree species. The leaves of these tall palm trees are cut (they constantly grow again), the wax is liquefied by boiling in water, skimmed off the top and cleaned physically (with bleaching earths). Thanks to its particular hardness, this wax enhances the mechanical resistance of all soft waxes. Sourced from South America.

Dammar (SHOREA ROBUSTA RESIN) - One of the most valuable and beautiful vegetable resins on earth. Its name is derived from the Malaysian word for "cat eye". It is very light-coloured and low in yellowing. Its tree of origin on Sumatra also supplies Meranti wood. The cultivation of dammar resin enables the inhabitants of Sumatra to sustainably use the tropic forest without destroying it. The use of dammar thus actively combats the depletion of tropical forests. Sourced from Asia.

Wood oil - Oil boiled until thick originating from the nut of the Chinese Tung tree; a valuable, easily drying lacquer binder. Sourced from Asia; Binding Agent: Germany

Jojoba oil - This oil-like plant wax from the seeds of the Jojoba brush is mainly used as protective and caring component in cosmetics and care products. Sourced from North America.

Larch resin balsam - An ethereal balsam resin produced by drilling into the larch tree trunks. It is colourless, smells of terpene and serves as scent and binder. Sourced from Europe.

Linseed oil (LINUM USITATISSIMUM SEED OIL) - Fatty seed oil of the linseed plant, produced by cold and warm pressing followed by gentle desliming and physical discolouring. As thickly boiled stand oil, it is a valuable binder component which provides high elasticity and creep. It comes partly from regional, improved conventional and controlled biological cultivation. Sourced from Germany

Linseed oil fatty acid - Fatty acid produced naturally from linseed oil by the separation of glycerine which helps to wet pigments. Sourced from Germany.

Natural rubber milk (RUBBER LATEX) - Chyle produced by cutting through the bark of rubber trees cultivated in South East Asia. The highly concentrated natural dispersion of natural rubber (caoutchouc) in water is mainly used as a binder in adhesives. Contains a little liquid ammonia to prevent flocculation during transport. Sourced from Asia.

Castor oil (RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OI) - Valuable, dryable binding agent from ricinus oil, i.e. from the seeds of the subtropical ricinus shrub, a thickly boiled stand oil produced by means of dehydration (elimination of water). Sourced from Asia; Processing: Germany.

Safflower oil - Drying oil made from the fatty seed oil of the Safflower thistle, thickened by boiling to form a low-yellowing binder component. Sourced from Europe.

Shellac (SHELLAC) - Resinous substance produced by lac insects (Laccifer lacca) living on trees domiciled in India. The resin encrustations are removed from the tree branches, filtered hot through cloths and bleached – not chemically but purely physically by AURO. Elastic binder for quick-drying lacquers. Sourced from Asia.

Sunflower oil (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL) - A light yellow, fatty oil from sunflower seeds which is used in lacquers, paints and soaps. Sourced from Germany.

Walnut oil (JUGLAWS REGIA SEED OIL) - Fatty seed oil from the fruit pulp, a very valuable, semi-drying binder for paints. Sourced from 

Catechu (ACACIA CARECHU BARK POWDER) - Thickened juice extract from the heartwood of the Indian Acacia catechu. Catechu is used in brown to black vegetable paints. Sourced from Germany

Chlorophyll (CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX) - Pigment made from the dye of leaf green. The green dyestuff from plant leaves is used as copper complex in vegetable paints. Sourced from Europe.

Cochenille (COCHINEAL) - Red colorant produced by scale insects which live on cactuses domiciled on the Canary Isles and in Mexico. It gives vegetable paint pigments a slightly bluish red colour shade. This raw material has a red to violet dyeing effect and is used as food colouring. Sourced from America.

Curcuma (CURCUMA) - Plant from the ginger family with an intensive yellow flesh that is used, in fresh or dried state, as spice or colourant. Sourced from Asia

Indigo (INDIGOFERA TINCTORIA) - Extract produced by fermentation of the Bengal indigo plant. It was already used as dye 4,000 years ago. Serves as blue vegetable paint pigment. Sourced from Asia.

Madder (RUBIA TINCTORUM ROOT) - Colorant with a high content in red dye from central Europe, Turkey and Iran which is used as red pigment in colour wash plant paints. Sourced from Asia.

Reseda (RESEDA LUTEOLA EXTRACT) - Dye plant (dyer’s weed) for making yellow vegetable paint pigment. Sourced from Europe.

Cork - Dermal tissue formed by almost any green plant on its subterranean and superterranean parts. Only the very thick cork layer of the cork oak (Quercus suber) domiciled in Mediterranean countries is of economic use. It is used in coarsely to finely ground state. Sourced from Europe, Germany.

Lecithin (LECITHIN) - Natural phospholipid made from soy beans by hot water extraction which promotes wetting and emulsification. Sourced from Germany.

Lactic acid (LACTIC ACID) - This acid produced by fermentaion of sugar by means of lactic acid bacteria is effective against limescale on dishes or glasses. Sourced from Germany.

Lactic casein - Flocculated milk protein made from cow's milk by acidification after separating the fat. Valuable binder and emulsifier used in paints and adhesives. For this purpose it is pulped with mild alkalines (borax) to form casein paste. Sourced from Germany.

Bovine gall - Spray-dried powder. Thanks to its high content in bile acids, lecithins and enzymes, it is recommended as concentrate for local stain removal which is gentle on fibres. Sourced from Germany.

Citric acid (CITRIC ACID) - Natural fruit acid in citrus fruits with good lime dissolving and water softening effect; made from molasses by means of fermentation. Sourced from Germany.

Camomile blossom essence - Produced from camomile by alcohol extraction, protects the skin.  Sourced from Germany.

Wine vinegar - Natural acid made from wine by means of conversion into alcohol and further fermentation to produce vinegar. Sourced from Germany.

Wheat flour - Pure grain flour, used as thickening agent in paint removers. Sourced from Germany.

Wheat semolina - The pure semolina is used as filling agent or extender. Sourced from Germany.

Xanthane (XANTHAN GUM) - Highly molecular, natural catabolic product, polysaccharide of (the genetically unmanipulated!) bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. Suitable as thickening agent and binder. Sourced from Germany.

Alcohol (ALCOHOL DENAT.) - Produced by the fermentation of starch containing vegetables, e.g. potatoes, followed by distillation. Sourced from Germany

Orange oil (CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS PEEL OIL EXPRESSED) - Ethereal oil produced during the manufacture of orange juice. The distilled, highly fragrant components are used in the perfume industry and for aroma therapy. The "terpene lyes" of weaker fragrance are used as solvents in resins and oils. Sourced from America.

Cembra oil (PINUS SYLVESTRIS CONE OIL) - A water light oil of the Swiss pine with strong but flavoursome odour. Sourced from Europe.

Bergamot oil (CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA FRUIT OIL) - Pure ethereal, yellowish oil from the fruit skin of the Bergamot tree (Citris bergamia), used as scent. Sourced from Europe.

Citrus oil, lime oil (CITRUS LEMON FRUIT OIL, CITRUS LEMON FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA OIL - Genuine ethereal, yellowish oils from lemons and limes, used as scents. Sourced from Europe & Asia.

Eucalyptus oil (EUCALYPTUS GLOBUKLUS LEAF OIL) - Ethereal oil with slightly preserving effect made from the leaves of the Australian Eucalyptus tree, produced by water vapour distillation. Sourced from Europe.

Pine terpene alcohol (PINUS PALUS TRIS OIL) - High-boiling fractions from the distillation of pine balsam terpene oil following catalytic water addition. Sourced from Europe

Lavender oil (LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL) - Water vapour distilled oil of the lavender plant domiciled in Mediterranean countries. Sourced from Europe.

Rosemary oil (ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF OIL) - Ethereal oil produced from the leaves of real rosemary by water vapour distillation. Sourced from Europe.

Water (AQUA) - AURO uses the particularly soft, pure water from the nearby Harz mountain region. Sourced from Germany.

Ipiak - Ipiak ist the word the Shuar Indians use for the colourant Achiote. The seeds of the Annatto bush are finely ground, the resulting versatile red colourant is used for food colouring, in cosmetics or in colour wash plant glazes. Sourced from South America.

Balsamic turpentine - Balsamic turpentine should not be confused with the petrochemically derived turpentine used as solvent substitute that is also known as ‘white spirit’. Balsamic turpentine is won by water vapour distillation from various species of pine all around the world. Balsamic turpentine is a fluid plant oil with a fresh, slightly resinous scent. It is used in paints and varnishes as thinning agent but also as bath supplement and for medicinal applications. Sourced from Europe & Asia.


Processed Natural Ingredients

Colophony glycerol ester - Natural resin colophony is modified with the fat glycerine in a boiling process on the basis of a special method. The result is a binder with very good weather resistance and elasticity. Sourced from Europe.

Soaps (POTASSIUM SOAP) - Fats, oils and resins, e.g. from seeds of the coconut palm, sunflower seeds, linseed oil, soybean oil, the crushed seeds of oil palms, the seeds of Brassica napus (turnip rape) or the subtropical ricinus shrubs (ricinus communis), are gently saponified with caustic potash solution, soda lye or ammonia solution in dedicated facilities. Part of the raw materials come from controlled biological cultivation. Sourced from America & Europe. Soaps processed at Auro Germany.

Plant colour alumina pigment - Coloured pigments for artist and wall paints made on the basis of a dedicated method. The colorants (reseda, madder, indigo, cochineal, leaf green, catechu, logwood, etc.) are extracted with water adding alum. The pigment is then precipitated as alumina coloured lacquer with lyes, filtered and washed. A laborious process which provides harmonically bright colour shades which sometimes take many days to develop. Sourced from Germany.

Sodium benzoate - Salt of the benzoic acid that is, for example, main constituent of the benzoic resin. The white, crystalline solid material has a stabilizing effect in water-soluble products but is also used in food products. Sourced from Europe.

Organic acids - Carbon compounds with slightly acidic properties (as opposed to known mineral acids such as sulphuric acid). In combination with AURO binders based on vegetable resins and oils, organic acids improve the application-related properties of coating materials. Sourced from Germany.

Asparagic acid (TETRASODIUM IMIDOSUCCINATE) - This protein component can easily be biologically degraded. It is found in shells where it regulates the formation of the calcite shells. It is used as a stabilizing agent. Sourced from Germany.

Surfactants made of rapeseed oil, castor oil - Specifically selected auxiliaries based on vegetable oil, chemically modified, for the in-house production of aqueous, solvent-free oil resin binder for AURO Aqua products. Sourced from Germany.

Ammonium soap - Raw materials like beeswax, oils and resins are saponified with liquid ammonia in dedicated boilers. It serves as a natural wetting agent in pigments or as binding agent. Sourced from Germany.

Amino soap - Ammonium compounds modified by organic components. Facilitate the integration of binders into water-based products. Sourced from Europe.

Cellulose (CELLULOSE) - Stabilizing agent and organic cell-fibre filling agent made from wood cellulose by chemical pulping. Serves as simple adhesive in AURO Wallpaper paste and distemper, but also as emulsifier and thickening agent in paints and adhesives for better processing control. Sourced from Europe.

Citrate (SODIUM CITRATE) - Sodium or potassium salt of citric acid. Sourced from Germany.

Fatty alcohol sulfate - Fatty alcohol, won mainly from the reaction of coconut oil with sulphor oxide and caustic soda lye; used as raw material in washing agents. Sourced from Europe.

Fatty acids - As sodium or potassium salts, consisting of hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts, these mainly plant-based auxiliary agents are used as dissolving intermediary, e.g. to emulsify oil in water. Sourced from Europe.

Glycerine - Polyvalent alcohol, component of all animal and vegetable fats, produced by separation of fatty acids. AURO only uses glycerine of purely vegetable origin. Sourced from Germany.

Potassium lye (POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE) - Strong alkali for the saponification of vegetable oils and fats to generate wash active substances. Made from potassium chloride and water by electrolysis. Sourced from Germany.

Potassium sorbate - The salt of the sorbic acid that is found, for example, in unripe fruits is used for the stabilization of water-soluble products and food. Sourced from Europe

Liquid ammonia (AMMONIUM HYDROXIDE) - Alkaline solution of ammonia in water, used for making special, water-dilutable resin, wax and oil soaps, so-called ammonia soaps. Sourced from Germany.

Salicylic acid (SALICYLIC ACID) - This material is part of many plants and can be extracted, for example, from willow bark. Because of its germ-repelling characteristics it is a good preservative. Sourced from Germany.

Stearic acid - Found in large quantities in fats and oils, produced from these by fat separation. Used for making stereates and as auxiliary in paints. Sourced from Europe.

Hydrogen peroxide (HYDROGEN PEROXIDE) - Due to its strong capability to release oxygen, this compound of hydrogen and oxygen is well-suited as disinfectant. Sourced from Germany.

Sugar surfactant (LAURYL GLUCOSIDE) - Wash active substance, made from sugary raw materials by means of conversion with vegetable oils using potash at temperatures below 100 °C. Sourced from Germany.

Silver - Silver, finely dispersed in water, as an auxiliary agent for the preservation of aqueous products. Sourced from Germany.

Replebin - Replebin® is an innovative, biogenic binding agent, developed by AURO in a sophisticated research project that lasted over several years. Replebin® consists of plant alcohol ester with organic acids. The innovative binding agent is legally protected and available exclusively from AURO. Sourced from Germany (developed my Auro).

Mineral Ingredients

Aluminium silicate - Aqueous alumina naturally formed by weathering of rock rich in aluminium or fine, mineral filler with pigment properties produced by technical precipitation. Sourced from Europe.

Alum (ALUMINIUM SULFATE) - A white, crystallised powder made from potassium and aluminium sulphate used in the manufacture of vegetable paints. Sourced from Germany.

Calcium hydroxide - Slaked lime in powder form. Produced by the baking of chalk followed by hydration. Already used as binder for lime mortar and lime paints in ancient times. Sourced from Germany.

Potassium silicate, silicate sol - Finely dispersed solution of silicates, silicic acids in water which is produced by smelting quartz sand and potash. Used as binding agent in paints and to minimize the cloudiness of juices and wines. Sourced from Europe. 

Natural gypsum (CALCIUM SULFATE) - Natural gypsum from deposits in the nearby Harz region. Germany. Sourced from Germany.

Chrome oxide green (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS) - Green mineral pigment made from chromium ores. Its production has negative environmental impacts but there is no alternative yet. In contrast to so-called chromium (VI) compounds, it is insoluble and therefore non toxic. Sourced from Germany.

Iron oxide pigments - Extremely finely dispersed, highly transparent pigments with excellent UV protection and good weather resistance which are especially used in stains. Sourced from Europe.

Mineral pigments - Inorganic pigments like natural earth paints, synthetic iron oxide pigments, e.g. ochre, English red, Persian red, earth black, and selected mineral paints such as ultramarine and chromium green. Sourced from Europe.

Titanium dioxide (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) - Highly opaque, non toxic white pigment for paints and lacquers, made from natural minerals (e.g. rutile) by separation of coloured companion substances. Also used as catalytically effective pigments with a special, finely dispersed structure capable of degrading harmful substances. Sourced from Europe & Asia.

Ultramarine blue - An inorganic pigment whose crystalline structure is similar to that of lazurite. Used as mineral pigment in all blue stains and lacquers. Sourced from Europe.

Calcareous spar (CALCITE) - Natural appearance of calcium carbonate (like chalk). Available from most finely ground to coarse grain size. Filler for lacquers, wall paints, plaster and adhesives. Sourced from Europe.

Kaolin (KAOLIN) - Natural clay mineral (china clay, an alumina silicate). Filler for wall paints, plaster, lacquers. Base component for chinaware. Sourced from Europe.

Chalk (CALCIUM CARBONATE) - Natural calcium carbonate from best sites, (e.g. the nearby region ‘Hildesheim Börde’), finely ground and elutriated, therefore high whitening power and grain fineness. Sourced from Germany.

Quartz sand (QUARZ) - Crystalline silicic acid, silicium dioxide, one of the most frequent minerals of the earth's crust. This chemically very hard-wearing material which forms during the weathering process of eruptive rock has a virtually unlimited availability. Sourced from Germany.

Talcum (TALC) - Natural silicate mineral with pronounced layer structure ("steatite"). Thixotropic and pigment-saving filler for paints and lacquers. Sourced from Europe.

Sodium metasilicate (SODIUM METASILICATE) - Alkaline, water-dilutable sodium salt of silicic acid. Has a fat-dissolving effect in dishwashing detergents due to its alkalinity and is also water softening and anticorrosive. Sourced from Germany.

Sodium percarbonate (SODIUM CARBONATE PEROXIDE) - An adduct of chlorine-fee bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide to sodium carbonate. Decomposes into sodium carbonate, water and active oxygen at higher temperatures. The latter has a bleaching effect on stains. Sourced from Germany.

Sodium bicarbonate (SODIUM BICARBONATE) - In chemistry referred to as natrium hydrogen carbonate, used as neutralising agent and retarder in paints. Sourced from Germany.

Potash (POTTASSIUM CARBONATE) - Mild alkali formerly lixiviated from potash, today produced by the conversion of sodium carbonate with potash soaps. Used for the saponification of vegetable waxes, resins and oils. Sourced from Germany.

Swelling clay (BENTONITE) - Natural mineral (phyllosilicate) with good swelling capacity. Used as thixotropic agent in aqueous and resinous oily products with good swelling capacity and dirt absorption capacity following surface treatment. Sourced from Europe.

Vitriolic iron - Found as mineral in the form of green or white encrustations; technically produced by dissolving iron in sulphuric acid. This raw material is used for wood preservation, plant dyeing and in tanneries. Sourced from Europe.

Salt cake - This salt for the use in plant paints and washing agents is made from sodium chloride and sulphuric acid. Sourced from Germany.

Silicic acid (HYDRATED SILICA) - Finely dispersed silicic acids without crystalline (quartz) structure made from quartz sand and lime by flame hydrolysis. Used as matting filler or as filter agent and binder additive in silicic brines. Sourced from Germany. 

Precipitated silicate (SODIUM SILICATE) - A mineral similar to swelling clay but produced by precipitation. The silicate particles are positioned in sheets. Precipitated silicate has a high binding capacity for calcium and is thus the main ingredient of our softener component. Sourced from Germany.

Salt (SODIUM CHLORIDE) - Undenaturated, pure rock salt (sodium chloride) without free flow agents for the prevention of scale deposits in dishwashers. Sourced from Germany.

Soda (SODIUM CARBONATE) - Mild alkali from special salt deposits (sodium carbonate lakes). Sodium salt of carbonic acid, sodium carbonate which is used in AURO powder products for the pulping of casein. Sourced from Germany.

Drying agents - Auxiliaries, metal soaps made from minerals of calcium, zirconium, ferrum or manganese for reducing the drying times of vegetable oils. Sourced from Germany.

Zeolite - Aluminium silicate produced from alaun and sodium silicate by precipitation, a particularly environmentally friendly phosphate substitute for softening water. Sourced from Germany.

Spinel pigments - The so-called "spinel pigments" are minerals that occur as mixed oxides from magnesium and aluminium. In a thermal process, these are replaced in the chrystal lattice structure by other metals which results in coloured variants that can be used as pigments. By use of these pigments, we can now widen the AURO colour spectrum by a multiple of shades and offer, for example, strong violet, yellow, blue, orange or green colours. Sourced from Europe.

Clay (CLAY) - A mixture of clay, silt and sand that results from the weathering of rocks. It is one of the oldest mineral building materials and has a moisture regulating effect. Sourced from Germany.

Synthetic Ingredients

Thiazole (THIAZOLINONE) - Organic compounds (a mixture of benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone) that contain sulphur and nitrogen. They are used as preserving agents in cleaners, paints, cosmetics, and more. Sourced from Europe.