Shellac is a hard, brittle resin secreted by the female lac bug Kerria lacca. The bug, which is mainly native to India, sucks the sap out of the tree and excretes it as resin. The cocoon-like formations created thereby are cleaned, bleached and
sold in the form of flakes. Shellac comes in many colours, ranging from light yellow to dark brown with varying shades of brown, orange and red in between. The colour depends on the harvesting period and the type of tree upon which the insects feed.
Applications of Shellac
Confectionery/Fruits Glazing- and coating agent
Pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products Film former
Other important applications Lacquers and paints
Film former or coating agent for waxes and polishes