Shampoo thickeners no salt

AbdullahAbdullah Member
edited April 2020 in Formulating
What are some thickeners with best viscosity and feel for Shampoo with nonionic surfactants?

Other than
 xanthan gum
 guar gum


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist

    Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

    Carbomer EDT 2020
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Glucamate VLT is the absolute best but it's not cheap.
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  • Hydroxyethylecellulose, and carbopol AQSF-1
  • I have used Hydroxyethylecellulose but it does not thicken the product. It doesn't even thicken the water alone. 

    Does it have any specific method to thicken like cationic guar that needs the pH to be neutralized?

    We purchased from India and sellers there don't have enough information about how to work with it. 
  • There are various grade of hydroxyethyl cellulose, so they behave differently.

    The delayed-hydration version as a coating for easy blending, and you will need to adjust pH to 8-10 to thicken it.
  • @Perry is Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose compatible with %15 APG surfactants? 
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
  • @Perry that is Hydroxyethylcellulose. I asked about Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose if it is compatible with %15 APG. I have seen 2 manufacturers one said it is not compatible one said it is compatible. So i thought i may find correct answer here. 
  • Crothix
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