In the thick of it with carbomers

DoreenDoreen Member
edited March 2018 in General
For anyone who's interested:
George Deckner of UL Prospector on carbomers. Including formulating tips!


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
  • gld010gld010 Member
    edited March 2018
    Great presentation, thanks! I haven't used carbomers in any formulations yet but I'll keep this presentation in mind for when I do.
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    Everything George Deckner puts out is outstanding. Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • @Microformulation
    Agreed! Interesting and oftentimes very helpful.
  • What is the advantage to add the carbomer in the oil phase? emulsion stabilization? better dispersion of the powder? How fast is the migration of the carbomer from the oil phase to the water phase?

  • DoreenDoreen Member
    edited March 2018
    The advantage is that the carbomer doesn't hydrate yet, so it easier to disperse. I don't understand what you mean with carbomer migration?
    The carbomer starts hydrating as soon as the phases are combined.
  • I mean: if carbomer is dispersed in the oil phase, there is a kinetic of migration/hydration of the carbomer from the oil droplets to the water. 
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