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  • Best plasticizers

    Posted by tcurious on April 12, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    I’m playing with different plasticizers as glycerin may not be playing right in our formula. The team is considering things like pH. Anyone have suggestions of plasticizers that may play well with hydrocolloids like xanthan gum?

    I’ve been told to look at the following : a) powders (glycerol + sorbitol), b) oils (linseed), c) liquid waxes (castor oil).


    tcurious replied 3 weeks, 4 days ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • chemicalmatt

    April 16, 2024 at 11:49 am

    PEG-12 Dimethicone comes to mind as does butylene glycol. Both are superior plasticizers to glycerin.

    • tcurious

      April 23, 2024 at 9:33 pm


  • Onur

    April 19, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    I love using Triethyl Citrate in body products as it also has deodorizing properties. Great to plasticize glycerin.

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