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 with a synthetic portion, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Body Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Body Wash 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Plant derived, biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Hand Cream, Extra Moisturising, Baby Moisturiser, Body Lotion, Extra Moisturising, Body Butter, Cream Cleanser, Toilet Cleaner 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Body Butter, Baby Nappy Balm, Lip Balm - Stick 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. Dishwash Liquid, Hand Wash 1 - 2
Low hazard for health. Mineral, does not accumulate and is suitable for septic tanks. Normal Shampoo, Baby Soap, Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Manuka Honey & Kelp Soap, Goat's Milk Soap, Vanilla Soap, Lemongrass Soap, Coconut Soap, Volumising Shampoo, Grapefruit & Mint Soap, Dry, Damaged, Coloured Shampoo 0 - 0
Low hazard for health. Derived from minerals, does not accumulate and suitable for greywater and septic tanks. Fabric Softener 0 - 0