Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating General Performance of SOLAGUM™ AX as Thickener/Texturizer for O/W Emulsions?

  • Performance of SOLAGUM™ AX as Thickener/Texturizer for O/W Emulsions?

    Posted by spadirect on February 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    What are the performance characteristics of SOLAGUM™ AX (INCI: Acacia Senegal Gum & Xantham Gum by SEPPIC) as a thickener, stabilizer and texturizer in terms of skin feel aesthetics for O/W emulsion products?

    What is it like to formulate with SOLAGUM™ AX or similar xantham gum-based thickeners, stabilizers and texturizers?

    How do xantham gum-based thickeners, stabilizers and texturizers compare in terms of skin feel aesthetics to ingredients performing similar functions that are NOT Ecocert-approved? 

    I would greatly appreciate any suggestions, comments, and discussion about Ecocert-approved and non-Ecocert-approved thickeners, stabilizers and texturizers for O/W emulsions.

    Thanks!

    belassi replied 5 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • belassi

    Member
    February 12, 2019 at 12:01 am

    This is too broad a question to answer. There are so many types of emulsion. So many types of emulsifier. So many types of emollients. However I will say:
    The only products I make that have an ingredient acting as thickener or stabiliser are my early ones, which I copied from existing products. I prefer to design emulsions that are stable without needing extra help. Apart from anything else, using gums or carbomers complicates packaging because they don’t perform in a linear way with change of temperature. Or in other words it can be difficult to dispense the product into the package.

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    February 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I haven’t tried the one you are referring to but there’s one stabiliser with xantham gum that I like. It’s called siligel and it’s has much nicer texture than xantham. Products with carbomer are typically more ‘fluffy’ and airy.

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    February 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    @Belassi, I understand that it is impossible to summarize in two sentences but can you set me in the right direction (what to read/lookup). How do you formulate a product that is stable without standard stabilisers? I remember you mentioned that you don’t use polymers either.

  • MarkBroussard

    Member
    February 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Solagum is not really any different to work with than Xanthan Gum.  Although, I do find it easier to disperse in water phase.

  • belassi

    Member
    February 12, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    How do you formulate a product that is stable without standard stabilisers? I remember you mentioned that you don’t use polymers either.
    There is nothing really difficult about it. It’s just a case of spending enough time on development and not being afraid to fail.

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