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. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, extra moisturising hand cream, extra moisturising body lotion, liquid scourer, baby moisturiser, kids bubble bath, body butter 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Mineral, does not accumulate and is suitable for septic tanks. volumising shampoo, coconut soap, grapefruit & mint soap, manuka honey & kelp soap, vanilla soap, baby soap, goat's milk soap, ultra sensitive shampoo, dry, damaged & colour care shampoo, normal daily moisturising shampoo, dandruff control shampoo, lemongrass soap, wool & delicates 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Derived from minerals, does not accumulate and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. fabric softener 0 - 0
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. dish liquid, hand wash 1 - 2
Low hazard for health. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby nappy balm, lip balm stick, body butter 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived with a synthetic portion, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. baby shampoo, baby body wash, body wash 0 - 0
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