Ashland™ carbomers INCI Name: carbomer

Ashland carbomers are cross-linked polyacrylic polymers of high molecular weight. They are anionic in nature and acidic in their unneutralized state and have to be neutralized with an appropriate base to achieve their thickening ability. Ashland carbomers are extremely efficient thickeners and powerful stabilizers at low concentrations in water and aqueous ethanol.

Ashland carbomers exhibit pseudoplastic rheological behavior. They have high yield value and demonstrate a short texture, making them valuable as emulsion stabilizers, gel formers and suspending agents.

Typical use levels are 0.2 percent to 1.0 percent. Ashland carbomers are effective over a wide pH range of 5 to 10.

Ashland carbomers are hydrophilic and proper care is needed to successfully disperse and wet out the polymer. Once dispersed, Ashland carbomers need to be neutralized with a base to activate the thickening.

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Description

Benefits

Hair Care

Ashland carbomers are valuable as emulsion stabilizers, gel formers and rheology modifiers in styling gels and conditioning shampoos.

• Acts as gelling agent for hair gels.
• Acts as suspending agent and rheology modifier in shampoos and other surfactant systems.
• Easy to incorporate into hair gels.

Skin Care

Ashland carbomers are valuable as emulsion stabilizers, gel formers and rheology modifiers in oil-in-water emulsions, hand sanitizers and body washes.

• Aids spreadability on skin of oil-in-water emulsions.
• Acts as gelling agent and provides good skin feel and slip in hand sanitizers.
• Acts as suspending agent and rheology modifier in body washes.

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Additional Information

Aspect: Fine powder
Color: White
Odor: Faint
Solids content (105°C) 98.0 - 100%
Clarity, % transmission (neutralized solution 0.5%, 420 nm) 85%

Ashland carbomers are available in all regions of the globe, with one exception: The Ashland 940 series of products is not available in the EU.

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Product Types or Functions

Personal Care
Hair Care, Skin Care
Emulsification/Conditioning and/or Foam Booster , Gelling Agent, Rheology Modifier, Suspension Agent