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Emulsifiers & Surfactants

Technically Emulsifiers, Solubilisers and Surfactants are all actually the same thing and perform the same function - they enable oil and water to be combined to form products like creams, lotions etc. However, in the cosmetic industry they are classed separately according to the roles they are most commonly used for:

Emulsifiers: Generally refers to waxy products used to make solid creams, lotions and the like.
Solubilisers: Generally refers to products used to suspend oil in large volumes of water in products like room and linen sprays.
Surfactants: Generally refers to foaming products used in products like shampoos, conditioners and body washes.

Emulsifiers are also categorised by the charge they carry:

Anionic: Negative charge - typically the primary emulsifier used in oil in water emulsions particularly creams and lotions
Amphoteric: Can be Postive or Negative depending upon the pH of the environment it is in - positive in acidic, negative in alkaline, help to moderate the harshness of other surfactans
Cationic: Positive Charge - used in oil in water emulsions, particularly in hair conditioners as hair is largely negatively charged so this helps some of the product stay on the hair after rinsing.
Non-Ionic: No Charge - These are emulsion stabilisers and can be used for both oil in water and water in oil emulsions.

Click HERE for a PRODUCT USAGE GUIDE for our range of Emulsifiers.

Click HERE for a PRODUCT USAGE GUIDE for our range of Surfactants. 
Soy Lecithin - Liquid
NZ $24.00
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Cocamidopropyl Betaine
NZ $10.00
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Sodium Cocoyl Sulfate
NZ $11.00
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Centrimonium Chloride 25% Solution
NZ $13.00
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Dehyquart F75
NZ $10.00
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Polyquaternium 7 - 9% Solution
NZ $17.00
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Cetostearyl Alcohol
NZ $16.00
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Cetyl Alcohol
NZ $16.00
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Emulsifier 'E' (Emulgade PL 68/50)
NZ $9.00
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Emulsifier 'O' (Olivem 1000)
NZ $14.00
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Emulsifying Wax (Polawax GP 200)
NZ $10.00
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Glycerol Monostearate - Acid Stable (AS)
NZ $10.00
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Glycerol Monostearate - Self Emulsifying (SE)
NZ $10.00
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Stearic Acid - Plant Derived
NZ $10.00
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Coco Glucoside
NZ $10.00
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