Thickener launched for alcohol-based hand sanitisers

By Katie Bird

- Last updated on GMT

Anti-bacterial hand gel formulation is easier with a new guar-derived thickening ingredient, according to manufacturer Rhodia.

The personal care division of Rhodia Novecare has released its thickening ingredient Jaguar HP120 at a time when interest in anti-bacterial products is growing.

“The H1N1 global pandemic has increased public awareness about health issues and a daily hygiene routine, creating increased demand for efficient antibacterial solutions,”​ said Rhodia Novecare’s vice president, home and personal care, Sébastien Méric.

According to the company, the ingredient makes it easier to formulate alcohol-containing anti-bacterial gels that do not dry out the skin as the thickener is compatible with both alcohol and moisturising ingredients such as glycerine.

Saves time and money

A spokesperson for Rhodia explained that the ingredient has significant benefits for manufacturers.

Unlike benchmark thickeners which have to be put into water before the alcohol is added, Jaguar HP120 can be added directly into an alcohol-water blend, the spokesperson told CosmeticsDesign.

In addition, it hydrates very quickly which means the processing time is reduced thus saving time and money for formulators, the spokesperson added.

Furthermore, as the thickener is completely compatible with alcohol the resulting mix is very stable, allowing formulators to easily insert extra moisturising ingredients.

Sensorial benefits

The ingredient also provides sensorial benefits to consumers, leaving hands feeling clean and soft, not overly dry and not too sticky, Rhodia Novecare claims.

In addition, the resulting thickened texture means the finished product is easier to deal with and dispense.

Jaguar HP120 is naturally derived from guar, a renewable raw material.

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