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  • carbomer based gel type cleanser

    Posted by cherri on May 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather.
    Quick question- I would like to create a carbomer based gel type cleanser. Is there any restriction using anionic/nonionic/amphoteric surfactant? I see the viscosity dropped right after the neutralization step and cannot get the desired viscosity. How do I increase my viscosity? Can anyone please help?

    Carbomer Ultrez
    Sodium laureth sulfoccinate
    Sodium cocoglutamate
    Cocamidopropyl betaine
    Decyl glucoside

    Thanks in advance

    belassi replied 9 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • belassi

    May 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    It doesn’t like surfactants, the recommended one is Aqua SF-1. Good luck.

  • Chemist77

    May 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Be careful, aeration is a big problem with Aqua SF1.

  • belassi

    May 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Exactly … I didn’t want to be negative, but I rejected carbomers in shampoos after about 6 months of unsatisfactory tests. I’d only use carbomer if I wanted to suspend something, such as Primasponges. 

  • ozgirl

    May 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Have you looked at all of the different formulations and information on the Lubrizol website? There are a number of cleansing formulations with Ultrez polymers available on the website that would give you an idea of what might work.

  • cherri

    May 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm
  • belassi

    May 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    You’re welcome. And one more thing: carbomer as a thickener tends to ‘short-flow’ sensorials. Gives a sort of ‘cushion breaking’ sensation on spreading. Bite the bullet and go for a thickener or combo of thickeners. Give out lots of samples using different thickeners and ask for feedback. In my case it comes down to a cost/sensorials balance.

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