Liquid Carbomer SF


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Carbopol® Aqua SF-1 polymer is a lightly cross-linked acrylate copolymer. It is a novel, liquid, acrylic rheology modifier designed to suspend, stabilize, thicken, and enhance the appearance of surfactant-based personal cleansing products and soap-based cleansing systems. It is a cost-effective and easy-to-use product that provides exceptional clarity around neutral pH. Carbopol Aqua SF-1 polymer is the gold standard for thickening and suspension of surfactant systems with more than 10% active surfactants.

INCI Name: Acrylates Copolymer
Recommended Use level: ​Recommended use level is 5 to 10 wt% as supplied

  • Compatible with virtually all commercial nonionic, anionic and amphoteric surfactants as well as a wide variety of popular additives
  • Easy-to-use liquid form for lower processing costs
  • Effective over a wide pH range – 3.5 to 10.0 – and provides increased suspending, stabilizing and thickening benefits through “back-acid” formulating
  • Enhances pearlization appearance to improve the visual appeal of pearlizing additives in surfactant-based systems
  • Imparts effective thickening, desirable flow characteristics, and permits the formulation of high clarity systems of shampoos, body washes, and other cleansing products
  • Provides exceptional suspending and stabilizing properties in surfactant-based systems, even low viscosity formulations

The minimum recommended use level of Carbopol® Aqua SF-1 polymer in surfactant-based products is 5.0%
as supplied (1.5% active). Carbopol Aqua SF-1 polymer is most efficient when formulated with typical active
levels of surfactants used in cleansing applications. For maximum efficiency, 15 – 23% active surfactants are
Order of Addition
To ensure maximum benefit and efficiency from the polymer, we recommend that you follow this order of
1.Add Carbopol Aqua SF-1 polymer to the (deionized) water of the formulation.
2.Add primary surfactants. (Example: lauryl sulfates / lauryl ether sulfates.)
3.Neutralize to a minimum pH of 6.5.
4.Add remaining (specialty) surfactants. (Example: amphoterics.)
5.Add conditioning and ancillary ingredients. (Example: silicones, cationics, EDTA.)
6.If desired, add pearlizing ingredients. (Example: mica, EGDS, EGMS.)
7.Add fragrance, dyes and preservatives.
8.If desired, decrease pH. (This will increase efficiency; citric acid is suggested.)
9.If desired, add sodium chloride to further increase viscosity.

Clear systems are easily formulated at ~ pH 6.5 – 6.8.

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100g, 1kg, 250g, 500g, 50g

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