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Nature-Derived Clear Cationic Guar Solutions

AquaCat™ makes it possible to achieve superior product clarity with your hair and skin care formulations. These clear cationic aqueous solutions are designed to be used as substantive polymeric conditioners and are compatible with both anionic and amphoteric surfactant blends. The liquid form of these cationic guars allows you to formulate with reduced batch times, no dissolving steps, no pH adjustments, and no heating. With consumer benefits including excellent detangling and smooth skin feel, AquaCat™ is an ideal solution for various rinse-off formulations.


AquaCat™ cationic guar polymers are derived from guar plants, an abundant and renewable natural resource. Guar is a leguminous plant that thrives in hot dry climates and grows to a height of 3-6 feet. The plant sprouts bean like pods containing small round seeds from which the guar gum is extracted. This gum is the raw material for cationic guar production.

Features & Benefits

  • Based on nature-derived, renewable guar gum
  • Clean, soft, moisturized skin feel
  • Crystal clear finished products
  • Reduced batch cycle times
  • Excellent detangling benefits during wet combing
  • No dissolving step
  • Enhances dry combing
  • No pH adjustment required
  • Excellent wet and dry hair feel
  • No heating required
  • No build up on hair
  • Easily poured, pumped, and metered
  • Delivers outstanding gloss from non-silicone shampoos and conditioners
  • Enhances lather volume and quality from body washes

Technical Information

  • INCI: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
  • Light lather richness
  • 96% natural origin content according to ISO 16128-2:2017       
  • Light conditioning
  • Clear pale amber liquid
  • Very low viscosity
  • 10% solids solution
  • Clear shampoo clarity
  • 100 cps for easy handling
  • pH 5.0-7.0
  • Recommended use level: 0.2-0.5% dry polymer basis in hair care, 2-5% wet basis in hair care, and up to 1% dry basis in skin cleansing
  • Recommended to be added before subsequent processing steps are above pH 8.0       
  • AquaCat™ PF618 is preserved with a blend of phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, and dehydroacetic acid
  • High charge density

Recommended Applications

  • Detangling sprays
  • Body washes
  • Liquid soap
  • Facial cleansers
  • Clear surfactant systems with benefits for daily use, moisturizing, volumizing, and addressing damaged and color treated hair 
  • Shampoos, including 2-in-1 conditioning shampoos                                                                                         


AquaCat™ solution adsorbs only at negative cuticle edges, creating a smooth feel


Virgin hair treated with red cationic fluorescent probe. Red probe binds to negative edges of cuticle.

AquaCat™ PF618 solution treated hair treated with green anionic fluorescent probe. Green probe binds to deposited AquaCat™ PF618 solution.

AquaCat™ has improved wet combing and static reduction compared to Polyquaternium-7



AquaCat™ in body washes provides sensory that outperforms control formulas containing no cationic polymer

A consumer panel was organized to research preferences between body washes formulated with and without AquaCat™ CG518, and to compare characteristics between the formulations.

Two separate base body wash formulas were used. Formula 1 is a proprietary formula containing SLES and CAPB.  Formula 2 is similar in nature but includes cocamide MEA.

Result for Forumla 1


Result for Forumla 2


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