Carbomer Surfactant Compatability

Yesterday I was playing around with Carbomer, trying to reprosuce a "buff and wash" (essentially a surfactant free cleansing, exfoliating gel made by Sisley paris) formulation which had a texture I really liked.

I wanted a bit more of a cleaning effect, while maintaining the gel consistency, and was curious about what surfactants Carbomer (mine is 940) can handle. I know electrolytes are no gos, and so slats and things are out. I tried betaine, and if failed. does anyone know if polyglucose/lactate will hold up? What about a powdered surfactant like SLSs. I tried searching some literature online, but never found exact direction as to what is acceptable such as: SLS yes, Betaine No, etc.

If anyone can share such, I would appreciate it. Thanks :)

(I was neutralizing my Carbomer with TEA, if that matters.)


  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    940 isn't any good for that. Try Aqua SF 1.
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  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    Ultrez 20 is a good one as well
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