A-Z of Ingredients | Edward Bulmer Paint

At Edward Bulmer Paints we provide you with an honest declaration of ALL our ingredients. We can even tell you precisely how they are produced and from what country they are sourced.

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Produced by the fermentation of starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Distillation produces pure ethanol which is used as a thinner in some of our paints.

Alkaline Solution

A solution of ammonia in water, used for making water-dilutable resins, waxes and oil soaps, so-called ammonia soaps.

Aluminum Soap

A soap made by precipitating sodium stearate from vegetable oils. This thixotropic ingredient is used to improve the texture of paints and to help keep pigments in suspension.

Barite (Baryte)

A naturally occurring white mineral which is used to improve the opacity and thickness of paint.

Biogenic Binder

t consists of a plant alcohol ester with organic acids which means our natural paints are easy to apply, hardwearing and durable, yet retain highly vapour permeable (breathable) properties. This innovative binding agent is legally protected and production methods are not disclosed here. 

Calcium Stearate

A food-grade emulsifier (E470) made from stearic acid and mineral lime (calcium oxide). Stearic acid is derived from sustainable coconut, palm, cottonseed, soybean or other plant oils.

Castor Oil

An oil extracted from the seeds of the subtropical Castor Oil Tree (Ricinus communalis) and boiled to produce a stand oil with natural drying properties. Also known as Turkey Red Oil.


A naturally occuring starch extracted from wood pulp from managed European forests. Used as an emulsifier and thickening agent in our natural paints.


A soft, white, porous sedimentary rock composed of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate) and sourced from Germany. Chalk is added to our natural paint as a finely ground bright white powder and is a valuable filler and extender.


A soft, white, porous sedimentary rock composed of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate) and sourced from Germany. Chalk is added to our natural paint as a finely ground bright white powder and is a valuable filler and extender.


Minerals naturally formed by weathering of rocks rich in alumininium and silica. Our natural paints use china clay (or kaolin) and bentonite, which is a clay with exeptional swelling properties. These fillers help to thicken the paint and keep pigments in suspension. 

Dammar Resin

Resin from the tropical Meranti tree (Shorea robusta). One of the most valuable and beautiful vegetable resins on earth. Its name is derived from the Malaysian word for "cat's eye". It is very light-coloured and low in yellowing. The cultivation of dammar resin helps protect tropical forest in Sumatra by encouraging sustainable use of forest resources.

Diatomaceous Earth

A powder produced from diatomite, a sedimentary rock composed of the skeletal remains of single-cell aquatic plants called diatoms. Used in our paint as a filler and extender.

Drying Agents

These metal soaps are made from minerals containing calcium, zirconium, ferrum and manganese. Their inclusion in oil-based paint significanty reduces drying tiimes by accelerating the oxidisation of the plant oils.

Fatty Acids

Products refined from vegetable oils and used as dissolving intermediaries, for example to emulsify oil in water.


A natural phospholipid (fat) extracted from soy beans (Glycine max) using hot water and widely used in foodstuffs. In our paints lecathin is a valuable emulsifier, it has the unusual ability to bind to both oil and water, thus helping to hold oils in suspension.

Linseed Oil

Flax or Linseed (Linum usitatissumum) is widely grown throughout Europe and much of the linseed oil used in our paints comes from certified organic cultivation. The oil is extracted by cold and warm pressing before being boiled to produce drying oil. In our paints linseed stand oil is a valuable binder component which provides high elasticity.


A naturally occuring silicate mineral used in our paint as a high quality filler and extender.

Orange Oil

Extracted from the peel of oranges (Citrus aurantium dulcis) during pressing for juice. This natural solvent has excellent dissolving power and a pleasant smell, though a small number of people find it too strong.


A mineral with mild alkali properties used in the modification (by saponification) of vegetable waxes, resins and oils in water based paint.


A resin, also called Colophony or Greek pitch, extracted from pine trees, including the Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea). The raw resin is either tapped from living trees or extracted from pulp after which it is distilled to produce both natural turpentine and rosin. Rosin is the binder in our natural paints and is used either lime hardened (with hydrated lime) or modified with glycerine (plant-based) in a boiling process to produce an ester.


One of the most abundant minerals on the planet, finely ground silica is used extensively in paints as a filler. It increases the bulk of paint and helps produce a tougher finish as well as helping to keep pigments in suspension.

Sunflower Oil

A light yellow oil from sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus) grown in Germany and used in our water-based woodwork paints


These important ingredients keep oils in suspension and improve the workability of natural paint. They are also used in the processing of resin-binders in our water-based eggshell. We make surfactants from vegetable oils (rapeseed and castor oil) and plant materials high in sugar.


A natural silicate mineral sourced from Europe. Talc has important properties, it both thickens paint and increases its opacity.

Titanium dioxide

Highly opaque, non-toxic white pigment universally used in paints and lacquers (and many other products including toothpaste). Refined from natural minerals (e.g. rutile) in an acid-free process, it nontheless has a significant ecological impact.


The primary diluent for the majority of our natural paints.

Wood Oil

Oil extracted from the nut of the Chinese Tung tree (Vernicia fordii) and boiled to produce an oil which dries with absorption of oxygen (oxidisation). Used as a binder in our oil-based gloss.

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