NOTE: There are many different types of Carbomer, the 980 replaced the 940 grade which is an older but still useful Carbomer type. The difference between the two is that 940 used a benzene chemistry crosslinking agent while the 980 crosslinker is benzene free and therefore deemed cleaner.
Useage: There are many different types of cross linked polyacrylate thickeners on the market and they are mainly used to thicken up and give suspending power (so that the product can hold beads or actives) to gels, lotions and creams. This version is popular as it can be used in clear gels, has good thickening power and is an excellent suspending agent. It is supplied as a powder and requires some time to fully wet and swell in the water phase. Additionally the polymer requires neutralizing to enable it to fully swell. This is done with an alkali such as sodium hydroxide and only a tiny ammount is needed. This is usually added at the end of manufacturing so that you don't trap air into the mix when stirring.
Use Levels and Restrictions: use between 0.1-1.5% in a formulation. This thickener is not compatible with high levels of salt or for high surfactant containing formulations.
Alcohol Gel Thickening: For people looking to use this to thicken high strength alcohol gels we recommend neutralising with Triethanolamine rather than Sodium Hydroxide solution.
New Directions Australia Pty Ltd. does not supply food grade raw materials and therefore cannot waive GST.
Prior to use: Customers should always refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet / Specification Sheet OR the ingredients label as affixed to each product which are current at the time of supply of the product.
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