PQ 10& 7 as water phase stabilizer in emulsion

Can polyquaternium 10, 7, cationic guar be used as water phase stabilizer in an emulsion instead of xanthan gum and Hydroxyethylcellulose? 


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
  • @Abdullah As @Perry mentioned, PQ's and cationic guars won't do much to stabilize emulsions, and if you have anionic ingredients (like stearates), they might make it worse. 

    Xanthan gum and HEC on the other hand, help increase water phase viscosity in the emulsion, which increases stability. But hydrophobically modified polymers like Carbopol ETD 2020 and the like are better on this, since they interact both in the water and oil phase, increasing stability even more than water soluble gums.
  • @Perry @ketchito what would be a good water phase stabilizer with good skin feel? 
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Carbomer or some other Acrylic Polymer.
  • What can I do to eliminate the orange peel texture of my shampoo as a result of using HEC?
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