The Role of Thickeners for Personal Care Formulations


 November 16, 2019

Thickeners for personal care applications increase viscosity and give products a unique consistency and appearance, without compromising effectiveness or quality. Most thickeners for personal care formulations retain water on the skin, acting as a moisturizer. Some thickeners also have emulsifying or gelling properties. Whether for balms or baby wash, consumer perception depends on many sensory aspects, such as thickening effects, color and texture.

Let’s take a look at natural thickeners for personal care applications and how to choose the best thickener for your project. 

What Is a Natural Thickening Agent?

Thickening agents can be derived from various natural sources and consist of different molecular structures, including polysaccharides, proteins, alcohols, silicones or waxes. These include: guar gum, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, gelatin and Saponin.

Saponin, derived from the Latin word Sapo, means soap. Naturally found in plants such as chickpeas, quinoa, oats, beans and soy, Saponins are thought to have antioxidant properties. The unique properties of natural thickeners enhance the consistency, viscosity and volume of personal care products, resulting in enhanced stability and improved performance. 

Recommended Thickeners for Personal Care Products at Kinetik

At Kinetik, we provide a range of high-quality thickeners for personal care brands, all with a natural touch. Our ingredients are optimal for cosmetics, lotions, balms, shampoos, etc. and provide a sensory appeal consumers can feel.


  • Intergel from Interaxion– Intergel is made from sclerotium gum, a gel-like thickening agent used in personal care and cosmetic products. With an EWG rating of 1, this cold water-soluble stabilizer and texturizing agent is also high-heat and low pH tolerant. 
  • Sapogel Q from Alchemy– Sapogel is a palm-free oil thickening ingredient based on sustainably sourced natural Saponins. This liquid blend allows personal care brands to formulate a stable, translucent balm with the texture of lanolin or honey. With an EWG rating of 1-2, Sapogel is one of the best natural thickeners for personal care products.


At Kinetik, we don’t just provide the raw ingredients you need for your personal products, we also provide the guidance you need to navigate natural formulations. We invite you to take advantage of our full range of comprehensive services. Contact us today at (732) 335-5775. Our experienced team will provide the education and support you need to navigate through testing, certifications and stay ahead of the competition.

Headquartered in the USA, Kinetik works with clients and represents suppliers worldwide. Speak with one of our experienced representatives about the natural ingredients you need to support your personal care formulations today.