QUATERNIUM -18 HECTORITE

INCI: Quaternium-18 hectorite.

What is Quaternium-18 hectorite?

Quaternium-18 hectorite is formed from quaternary ammonium chloride salt and hectorite obtained from clays. The quaternary ammonium salt is obtained from fatty acids of tallow. It has a gel-like consistency and is used in a variety of cosmetic products.

Use & Benefits:

Quaternium-18 hectorite is used as a suspending and viscosity controlling agent in cosmetic products. In any formulation, the final consistency of the product is very crucial. Quaternium-18 hectorite is a combination of two ingredients- hectorite is a type of clay whereas quaternium is a salt. Clay has a natural tendency to swell when suspended in water. So, it can be used in any product to increase the viscosity of a product.  As a suspending agent, it is used to get the right consistency of the medium, so that suspension like nail polish or liquid lipstick remains uniform in each usage. It also functions as an emulsifier and gives stability to the product. The product with oil and water-based components gets separated into its components. Emulsifier stabilizes the product, prevents separation of the components, and enables even distribution of the product components when used. It is used in formulations of creams, gels, lotions, hair care, and personal 

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