Carbomers are thickeners used in various applications including gels, lotions, and creams. There are many different types of cross-linked polyacrylate thickeners on the market and they are mainly used to thicken up and give suspending power (so that the product can hold beads or actives) to gels, lotions, and creams. This version is popular as it can be used in clear gels, has good thickening power, and is an excellent suspending agent.
It is supplied as a powder and requires some time to fully wet and swell in the water phase. Additionally, the polymer requires neutralizing to enable it to fully swell. This is done with an alkali such as sodium hydroxide or triethanolamine (tea) (check out our store for tea) and only a tiny amount is needed. This is usually added at the end of manufacturing so that you don't trap air into the mix when stirring.
- Good thickening power
- excellent suspending agent.
- Done with an alkali such as sodium hydroxide
- Item Type: Carbomer powder
- Materials: Carbomer
- Intended Use/Discipline: Skincare
Recommended Usage: Between 0.1-1.5% in a formulation. For making hand sanitizers you will need to use closer to 2%
- Hand Sanitizers
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Hand Gels