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. Baby nappy balm, Lip balm 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Lip balm, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Normal conditioner, Baby moisturiser 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. toilet cleaner, liquid scourer, Extra moisturising body lotion, Extra moisturising hand cream, Baby body wash, Baby shampoo, Baby moisturiser 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, Normal shampoo, Lemongrass soap, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, wool & delicates, Coconut soap, Body wash 0 - 0
Low hazard to health. Derived from minerals, does not accumulate and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. fabric softener 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Normal shampoo, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Body wash 1 - 1
Low hazard for health, although care should be taken during the manufacturing process. Dandruff control conditioner, Dandruff control shampoo 1 - 1
Carrageenan is considered a low hazard to health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 1 - 1
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. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. 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, Ultra sensitive shampoo, Volumising shampoo, Ultra sensitive conditioner, Vanilla soap, Manuka honey & kelp soap, Baby soap, Dandruff control conditioner, Volumising conditioner, Normal shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour conditioner, Lemongrass soap, Dandruff control shampoo, Dry, damaged & colour shampoo, Normal conditioner, Foaming hand wash, Coconut soap, Baby shampoo, Hand wash, Body wash 2 - 2
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