Thicken oils naturally with BergaCare FG Gel

Berg+Schmidt introduces a new cold-process oil thickener designed for transparent systems.

At Cosmet’Agora in Paris, France, from 16 to 18 January, Berg+Schmidt will premiere BergaCare FG Gel – a new and efficient solution designed to thicken transparent oil formulations for leave-on and rinse-off products. This cold process rheology modifier requires a certain shear so that it can be distributed homogeneously in oil, making the natural ingredient ideally suited for the ‘go-to development’ of transformational textures and a variety of viscosities such as gel-to-oil products. 

Natural thixotropic properties enable BergaCare FG Gel to optimally convert liquid oil in jello-like textures. While being highly compatible with commonly used vegetable oils and emollients, the easy-to-use rheology modifier has the ability to create different viscosities depending on the use level of the BergaCare FG Gel. This opens up a broad range of formulating options. The visual appearance of the finished product can be adjusted from a transparent oil gel to a dense, yet light cream, or from fluid oil to solidified gel. 

BergaCare FG Gel is a new and efficient technology designed to thicken transparent oil formulations (Image: Berg+Schmidt)

Cold process thickening offers a significant advantage

“Cold process manufacturing capability makes the BergaCare FG Gel a must-have, go-to product. While formulators can already choose between different oil thickeners on the market, none of them are suited to cold process, so this is clearly a huge advantage when considering ever-increasing energy costs,” explains Sa-brina Paltian, Manager Application Technologies at Berg+Schmidt Care Ingredients. “Only a few natural oil thickeners can actually create transparent systems.” 

To ensure that BergaCare FG Gel together with the selected oil creates a homogeneous mixture, a certain amount of shear force is required for the manufacturing process. It is up to the formulator to decide which tool is used to generate this force. BergaCare FG Gel is highly compatible with numerous stirring devices. 

Popular concepts like luxurious gel-to-oil textures in anhydrous, nourishing body care applications promise smooth and silky skin both during and after application. Unlike other oil products, thickened oil gels can be applied where they are needed without evaporating or becoming runny. Compatibility with different plant-based emollients also helps ensure a well-received sensory experience that supports luxury skin care. 

Personal care ingredients from Berg+Schmidt are available in South Africa through Afrisil Speciality Ingredients.

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