Viscosity Modifying Agent
*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.
|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, 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||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|