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Carbopol Polymer (Ultrez 20) Raw Material

Carbopol Polymer (Ultrez 20) Raw Material
Product Rating: 4.3/5 (As per 3 Customer Reviews)


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Carbopol Polymer is a self-wetting, rheology modifier designed to be used as a thickener, suspending agent and stabilizer in cosmetic manufacturing. Its unique structure allows it to rapidly expand when added to liquids and provides moderate-to-high viscosity in skin care products. Carbopol polymer performs effectively across a broad pH range, making it a versatile ingredient for many applications.

INCI: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

Appearance: Fluffy fine white powder.

Benefits: When used in shampoo and body wash formulations, Carbopol polymer helps to suspend and stabilize beads, microcapsules and exfoliants for excellent product stability and visual appeal. It exhibits good clarity in gel formulations, along with providing a smooth, aesthetically pleasing gel quality. In creams and lotions, it helps to create emulsions with a rich and creamy skin feel. It can be used with confidence in systems where sparkling clarity is required and is ideally suited for use in formulations containing higher levels of oils, botanical ingredients, or humectants.

Application: Carbopol polymer provides excellent performance in a wide range of products, including shampoos, lotions, creams, body washes, hair and skin gels and bath gels.

Recommended Usage: We recommend that no more than 0.5% to 1.5% of this product to be added to any formulation.

How to use:
Sprinkle polymer on surface of water and allow to self-wet (vigorous agitation produces foam).
Gently begin agitation.
Carbopol polymer can be pre- or post-neutralized (depending on application).
Keep agitation to a minimum (to avoid air entrapment) while adding remaining ingredients to formulation.
Add typical preservatives.

Storage: This product should be stored in a cool dry location away from moisture. It is recommended that the product be re-tested after two years for moisture content. Carbopol polymers are stable for years when protected from moisture.


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I initially purchased this polymer because I've seen it listed in the ingredients of many of my favorite store-bought face products, and I was curious to see what properties it would bring to a formula, but I didn't give a lot of forethought to how I would use it. After rereading the description, I decided to try it as a suspension agent in my ceramide face toner to keep all the botanical extracts in place (after a month or so, there's always a little bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle). It took six hours for the polymer to fully hydrate, which was probably due in part to my failure to use a vortex when incorporating it into the solution. After it hydrated, I mixed everything together with a whisk. At 1%, the toner still feels water-weight and applies like water, however, it leaves behind a super soft slightly powdery skin feel that I absolutely love. I've made this toner several times before, and without the polymer, it leaves a slightly tacky residue that's a little shiny. I'm surprised and impressed such a small addition to the formula made such a significant impact on the final product. Unlike some other gelling/film-forming agents I've tried, this polymer doesn't ball up when I apply makeup after applying my skincare routine. I can't wait to mix it into my next batch of body cream.

By: , Austin, Texas
Loyal Customer Since: 01-May-2014

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I am glad NDA offers Ultrez 20. It is a good thickener and by NDA offering it, small users are afforded the opportunity to purchase the quantities they need at a time. I can't wait for NDA to start offering Ultrez 30 which is the latest in this line of rheology modifiers. It is excellent across wide pH ranges and in formulations with high levels of electrolytes.

By: , Lowell, Massachusetts
Loyal Customer Since: 30-Apr-2008

Rating: Star
This reads like it will be a great (and versatile) stabilizer for formulations. I have not tried it yet, but I trust the NDA has included it in their ingredients offerings for a good reason, and will soon be incorporating it into a few products. Will let you know how it turns out. Thank you for such wonderful ingredients with which to work.

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