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  • Reduce sticky feeling in hydroxyethylcellulose gel

    Posted by JonahRay on December 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Hi friends!

    I’ve been playing around with hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) and I’m obsessed with the clarity it has in a water based gel. I do find it a bit sticky for my liking. Has anyone experienced this and if so what would you suggest using to reduce the sticky feel but still keep the clarity?

    Thanks!

    cosmetic_chemist replied 2 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • cosmetic_chemist

    Member
    December 10, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    What else are you adding to the formulation? 

  • JonahRay

    Member
    December 10, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    This is just water and HEC, so 1% HEC in water.

  • oldperry

    Member
    December 10, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Dimethiconol might do the trick. (water soluble silicone)
    Maybe Propylene Glycol would help
    Or some emollients.
    It really depends on what else is in your formula.

  • cosmetic_chemist

    Member
    December 13, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    JonahRay said:

    This is just water and HEC, so 1% HEC in water.

    I’m not sure what end product you are making but if it is just water and HEC could you be mistaking the high viscosity for stickiness? 

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