is a thickening, stabilising and texturising powder polymer. It forms transparent gels with a velvety, rich and elegant feel. It is versatile and can be used in both skin care and hygiene products.
- Ready-to-use: pre-neutralised powder
- Cold or hot process
- pH range: 2-8
- Multifunctional: thickening, stabilising and texturizing
- Extreme resistance to electrolytes up to 10% salt
- Forms clear aqueous gels
- Excellent particle suspension power
- Sprayable fluid to thick textures
- Compatible with ethanol and other solvents, surfactants, AHAs, salicylic acid, sun filters and sunscreens, pigments.
INCI: Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6
Manufactured by: Seppic
Usage (Please note the following are not manufacturers recommendations but are based in our own experience of working with this polymer for a while)
Stabilising / thickening polymer in creams – 0.3% – 0.4% added to heated water phase (add other heated water phase ingredients and heat to 80c – sprinkle Sepimax onto surface of water while whizzing with a stick blender on full speed). Then add the heated oil phase. Works well with Olivem 1000 and Montanov 68
Gelling agent. 1.5% to 3% added to cold water. Sprinkle onto surface and leave for 8 hours. Then gently stir with a spatula or similar suitable implement. You should obtain a crystal clear gel.
Sepimax Zen is an ideal gelling agent for making hand sanitiser. Although the manufacturer (Seppic) states that Sepimax Zen at 3% can support 70% alcohol, their own recipe for a 68% alcohol sanitising gel uses 0.8% Sepimax Zen. We recommend the addition of Zemea Propanediol (vegetable derived) or Glycerine at 4% to offset the drying effect of the alcohol.
Our recipe would be
Isopropyl Alcohol 70% 952g
Glycerine or Propanediol 40g
Sepimax Zen 8g
If you wish, you can add a couple of drops of tea tree, mint, or eucalyptus oil to the gel before adding the sepimax zen.
If ordering this product to make your own sanitising gel we have 100ml white plastic bottles with lotion pumps available for just 50p each (plus VAT) View here