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  • Oil thickener

    Posted by Shams on June 15, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    Hi everyone

    I am looking for an oil thickener.

    Don’t like hydrogenated vegetable oil (Dermofeel viscolid ) or trihydroxystearin (Thixcin R PC)

    Does anyone use something other than those 2?

    I am not after waxes


    gordof replied 11 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • gordof

    June 16, 2023 at 4:06 am


    it is not a direct oil thickener but you can make very interesting oil gel-like textures with the ingredients from Alchemy

    Find an ingredient | Alchemy Ingredients (alchemy-ingredients.com)

    I have very interesting results with them Only production needs to be handled very delicately at first but if you know what you do you can make very pleasant and nice clear oil “gel” formulations.

  • Adamnfineman

    June 16, 2023 at 7:20 am


    This oil thickener is pretty decent. We’re able to make a clear oil gel with 3.0% in vegetable oils or in mineral oil. It’s a bit pricey at about $130/kg but it gets the job done better than anything we’ve tried so far.


  • Richard

    June 20, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    Have a look at Rheobyk-7590 which I found quite easy to use and gave a nice, soft oil gel.

  • Notachemist

    July 4, 2023 at 1:02 am

    Are these food grade?

    I want to make a toothpaste with oil cinnamon and cayenne. But the powders just settle if it’s too much oil but if it’s not enought it doesn’t flow…any ideas

  • gordof

    July 4, 2023 at 3:17 am

    For a Thothpaste you can use Foamed Silica to Thicken the oil and give it a Structer. That will reduce the separation process quite well. although you get already the Particular structure you need to clean the surface of the teeth.

    the Zeodent from Evonic is made especially for mouth care. I am not 100 % sure you can make a 100 % Oil Toothpaste but give it a try would be interesting to know if it would work.

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