Sorbithix L-100

Sorbithix L-100

Sorbithix L-100 is transformative new non-ionic associative thickener for personal cleansing formulations. It features a cutting edge "multi-arm" technology that allows it to greatly enhance thickening in all types of surfactant systems, and is designed to work effectively with modern surfactants like glutamate and isethionate.

It is the only thickener on the market that can boost and sustain viscosity in formulations containing high amounts of fragrance while still maintaining foaming properties.  

Features and Benefits:

  • The most powerful non-ionic surfactant thickener on the market, equally as effective in both older generation and modern surfactant systems.
  • The only surfactant thickener that can functionally boost viscosity in glutamate surfactant systems without excessive usage rates or adversely affecting other formulation properties (sensory, rhealogical behavior, etc).
  • Patented star polymer technology allows Sorbithix to maintain viscosity in high fragrance systems (3-5% usage rate!) without negative effects on foaming, opening up new formulation possibilities for formulators looking to boost fragrance for marketing and branding purposes.
  • Gentle, mild and non-irritating
  • Can be used in cold process production
  • Derived from natural sorbitol
  • Low viscosity liquid, easy to use and process in large scale manufacturing
  • Very high active concentration (73%) for greater formulation efficiency
  • Suitable for pH ranges 4.5 - 7.5.

Sorbithix L-100 Products

Trade Name INCI
Sorbithix L-100 Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate (and) Decyl Glucoside (and) Sorbitan Laurate
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Features & Applications of Sorbithix L-100

Product Primary Application Secondary Application Features
Sorbithix L-100
  • Shampoos
  • Pet Shampoos
  • Facial Cleansers
  • Hand Cleansers
  • Shower Gels
  • Foaming Bath Products
  • Conditioners
  • Styling Products
Powerful thickening efficacy across all surfactant systems. Create stable, clear surfactant systems in formulas with high fragrance, essential oils, or glycol usage. Gentle, mild, non-irritating. Maintain foaming and viscosity even at reduced surfactant concentrations for sulfated formulas, reducing skin irritation and formulation cost.

The Sorbithix Difference

Current Commercial Thickeners (A)

Non-ionic associative thickeners, by and large, have similar molecular structures - they are all polymer molecules comprised of variable numbers of “arms”.

Current commercial thickeners have a maximum of 4 arms, with 2 to 4 arms capped off.

Sorbeth-230 Tetraoleate (B)

A brand new molecule featuring 6 arms.

4 arms are “capped” with a hydrophobic oleate group, leaving two arms uncapped.

Because it features 2 additional arms, Sorbithix L-100 is able to attach to many more adjacent surfactant aggregates, leading to stronger performance in all surfactant systems while still maintaining formulation clarity.


Maximum Performance In All Surfactant Systems

Figure 1: Sulfate-Free Glutamate Dosage Comparison

Figure 2: Sulfate-Free SLI Dosage Comparison

Figure 3: Sulfate-Free AOS Dosage Comparison

Figure 4: SLS/SLES Dosage Comparison

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