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
INCI: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
Light lather richness
96% natural origin content according to ISO 16128-2:2017
Clear pale amber liquid
Very low viscosity
10% solids solution
Clear shampoo clarity
100 cps for easy handling
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™ CG518 is preserved phenoxyethanol and a blend of methyl, propyl, and butyl paraben
AquaCat™ PF618 is preserved with a blend of phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, and dehydroacetic acid
High charge density
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.