FTL’s portfolio company Bolt Threads launched a beauty company Eighteen B that uses bioengineered and lab-grown silk protein as a key ingredient for beauty products, including moisturizers. The properties of silk which are used in medicine help to heal wounds, since the material can mimic the skin’s protective barrier and help to retain moisture.
Eighteen B is a nontoxic beauty brand which features products free from sulfates, parabens, silicone, petrochemicals, and fragrance. All products are made from clean ingredients including bark extracts, shea butter, and ceramides. The company has found a way to manufacture the silk protein without hydrolyzing it or degrading it, allowing to retain more of its valuable properties. Eighteen B’s protein - “B-silk,” works with the structural proteins found in the skin, like collagen and elastin. According to the company the exclusive beauty products will form a breathable, protective barrier that will help skin to retain moisture, while also firming and smoothing the skin over time.