Carbomer is a thickening agent that is often used to control the viscosity of products.

Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Carbomer - Sample
Carbomer - 1 lb
Carbomer - 3.5 lbs
Carbomer - 7 lbs
Carbomer - 35 lbs
Carbomer is a thickening agent that helps control the viscosity and rhealogy of cosmetic products. It also helps distribute and suspend insoluble solids into liquid, and prevent the oil and liquid parts of a solution from separating. Carbomer has the ability to absorb and retain water, and can swell up to 1000 times its original volume when dispersed in water. This ingredient is contained in a wide range of personal care products such as styling gel, facial moisturizer, shampoo, eye cream, cleanser and scrubs.

Appearance: Fine white powder.

Processing: Synthetic
Carbomer 980 is highly hydrophilic and tends to form clumps so care needs to be taken when adding to water, oil or alcohol. Be sure to neutralize as quickly as possible as thickening is almost instant.

Adding to water: Add very slowly to rapidly agitating water taking care to avoid mixing air into the water. High shear mixers should be avoided.  Ideally, it should be the first formulation ingredient added.

Adding to oil: Add slowly while mixing until a smooth homogenous dispersion is obtained. ADDING TO ALCOHOL: Must be added to an alcohol/water blend with high agitation until fully dissolved. 

Ingredient Function: Emulsion stabilizer/viscosity increasing agent.

Recommended Usage Rate: 0.02% - 1%

Solubility: Soluble in water

Storage: In a cool, dry place.

Warnings: Pregnant or lactating people, or those with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to using product.

Warning Statements:

Not for internal consumption. For external use only.

Pregnant or lactating people or those with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to using product.


Please note that our suggested usage instructions are intended to serve as a guide. Due to the unique nature of each ingredient, it is important to always research and consult with a qualified professional as needed, prior to use. Usage guidelines can change and you are responsible for adhering to local regulations. EWL cannot be held responsible for any harm caused due to the misuse of these ingredients.

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