Ceteareth-25 Usage Beyond Recommended 3%

It’s my first time working with Ceteareth-25. I’m working to formulate a thick hair firm gel/pomade to use for styling hair. My formulation has the recommended max of 3% but it apparently isn’t enough as the end result is still very fluid, too fluid. This batch is just 64 oz so that I could get a feel for it. How far can you actually go in percentage(s) with Ceteareth-25 and before it will no longer integrate or dissolve in water?

Water 80%
C-25 3%
Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris(Beet)) Sugar Extract  2.9%
PEG-40  2.4 
Methyl Gluceth-10  2.3%
Ethylhexyl Olivate  2.2%
Citrullus Lanatus Seed Oil 2%
Hydrolyzed Linseed Seed 1.85%
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil 1.5%
Fragrance 0.75%
Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol 1%

Thanks for any advice or help!


  • Search for hair pomades in previous conversations. I remember several questions about it within last couple of months.
  • FekherFekher Member
    @SPMX you need to reach  25%  of ceteareth 25 or more to have thick pomade .
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