Carbopol Ultrez 20 Gelling Agent
Carbopol Ultrez 20 is a polymer used to make gels in personal care products. It is self-wetting, requires no use of a blender to incorporate, and disperses easily within minutes.
Common usage is .5% to 2% but can be used to a maximum of 6% and still remain pumpable
Requires neutralization with a Sodium Hydroxide 15% solution or with Triethanolamine to create a gel consistency.
● Shampoos ● Bath gels ● Lotions
● Body washes ● Gels ● Creams
• Rapid self-wetting polymer, that requires no dispersion agitation
• Stabilizes surfactant-containing formulations
• Stabilizes electrolyte-containing formulations
• Stabilizes and suspends insoluble ingredients
• Creates moderate-to-high viscosity products
• Exhibits good clarity for gel formulations
• Efficient, cost effective and easy-to-use
INCI: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
• Sprinkle polymer on surface of water and allow to self-wet (vigorous agitation produces foam)
• Gently begin agitation
• Carbopol® Ultrez 20 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
Special Processing Note: Some producers choose to make a stock dispersion of Carbopol® Ultrez 20 polymer in water and then add this dispersion to their formulation mix tank. Unlike traditional Carbopol® polymers, Carbopol® Ultrez 20 polymer can be dispersed at concentrations up to 6.0 wt.% and still remain pumpable
Order of Addition
To ensure maximum benefit and efficiency from the polymer, we recommend the following order of addition as a general guideline:
1. Add Carbopol® Ultrez 20 polymer to deionized water.
2. Add primary surfactants with gentle mixing.
3. Neutralize to pH 4.5 -5.0.*
4. Add specialty surfactants (amphoterics, etc.).
5. Add UV absorber, EDTA, silicone, cationics, salts, etc.
6. Add pearlizing ingredients such as mica, EGDS or EGMS.
7. Add fragrance, dye and preservative.
8. Adjust final pH (if necessary).
*For surfactant applications that do not require clarity, partial neutralization is not required, and step 3 may be omitted.