Viscosity Modifying Agent

Role details

*What are viscosity modifying agents used for?*

Viscosity is a measure of a substance's thickness. 

Water is a "thin" substance with low viscosity whereas glue is a "thick" substance with a high viscosity.

Viscosity modifying agents are added to products to control their thickness and stability. For example, hair conditioner needs to coat every strand of hair evenly and a thicker consistency will allow it to do this more effectively.

Another function these agents have is to help keep ingredients mixed together. Sometimes ingredients used in a product do not mix well. A viscosity modifying agent can be added to hold the ingredients together and keep them evenly dispersed.

Role Ingredients

Ingredient Health & Environment Used in EWG Rating
Low hazard for health. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Nourishing manuka lip balm, Baby nappy balm, Lip balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Nourishing manuka lip balm, Gentle cleanser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Lip balm, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Normal conditioner, Baby moisturiser, Replenishing night cream, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, liquid scourer, Purifying cleanser, Gentle cleanser, Rejuvenating body moisturiser, Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Propolis toothpaste, Baby body wash, Light moisturiser, Nourishing hand cream, Hydrating moisturiser, Whitening toothpaste, Baby shampoo, Baby moisturiser, Kids bubble bath, Replenishing night cream, Complete care toothpaste 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Mineral, does not accumulate and is suitable for septic tanks. Pink grapefruit & mint soap, Goat's milk soap, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Lemongrass soap, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Coconut soap, Body wash, Normal shampoo 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Purifying cleanser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Purifying cleanser, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Body wash, Normal shampoo 1 - 1
Carrageenan is considered a low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Propolis toothpaste, Whitening toothpaste, Complete care toothpaste 1 - 1
Low hazard for health, although care should be taken during the manufacturing process. Extra Clean laundry liquid, Dandruff control conditioner, Dandruff control shampoo 1 - 1
Low hazard to health. Derived from minerals, does not accumulate and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra Clean laundry liquid, fabric softener 1 - 1
Low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising hand cream, Nourishing hand cream, Replenishing night cream 1 - 1
Low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. liquid scourer, Pink grapefruit & mint soap, Goat's milk soap, Purifying cleanser, Complete care mouthwash, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Propolis toothpaste, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Kids foaming hand wash, Dishwasher tablets, Kids 3-in-1 conditioning shampoo & body wash, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Lemongrass soap, Hydrating moisturiser, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Whitening toothpaste, Foaming hand wash, Coconut soap, Baby shampoo, Replenishing night cream, Hand wash, Body wash, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Normal shampoo, Complete care toothpaste 2 - 2
Not to be confused with other more hazardous types of Ammonia, Ammonium Chloride is a relatively benign salt. Derived from minerals and a low hazard for health. Suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Hand wash, Dish liquid 1 - 2
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