Carbomer 340 1 oz


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

INCI name (CTFA name) INCI name (CTFA name)

Appearance white powder


• Carbomer 340 is an acrylic acid
polymer. N-Hexane is used as solvent in the
polymerisation step.

• Carbomer 340 is an excellent
emulsion stabiliser, viscosity adjuster and
viscosity builder.

• Carbomer 340 is easily dispersed into

• Carbomer 340 can be used over a wide
pH range.

Carbomer 340 is especially suitable for
the preparation of clear water or alcohol based

Preparation Preparation

Add Carbomer 340 early in the
formulation to allow it time to thoroughly wet out
and disperse. Use propeller stirrer.

Dissolver or rotor-stator-homogeniser may be used
as well. Intensive shear may lead to a viscosity
reduction of the final product and should be

Neutralise near the end of the process so that all of
the ingredients can mix well before the viscosity is
increased. For neutralisation use triethanolamine,
tetrahydroxypropyl ethylendiamine, sodium
hydroxide or other inorganic bases.

Recommended usage concentration Recommended usage concentration
0.05 – 1.0 % Carbomer 340

CARBOMER 340 has a shelf life of 24 months

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