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Essentially Natural Hydroxyethyl Cellulose

Essentially Natural Hydroxyethyl Cellulose

Regular price R 89.00
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A plant derived thickening gum, hydroxyethyl cellulose (or HEC for short) creates beautiful clear gels and is a thickener and non-ionic rheology modifier in formulations.

Sizes: 100g, 500g, 1kg, 5kg, 10kg, 20kg.

This product is certified: Vegan and Beauty Without Cruelty.

INCI: Hydroxyethyl cellulose
  • Gel maker for high viscosity, clear gels
  • Use it to thicken surfactant formulas, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and other formulas where thickening is required

Usage: 0.1 - 3%. You could use more but it would create a very thick substance!

Blend with vegetable glycerine to hydrate then add the rest of water phase and blend well. It will thicken without heat over the course of a few hours. If you would like to speed up the process you can gently heat the mixture, or use warm water instead of cold.

Alternatively you can sprinkle the cellulose into the water phase at high shear and blend until desired consistency is reached.

Hydroxyethyl cellulose, sodium acetate, water, cellulose, ethanedial. From ‘gum’ tree sources such as pine and spruce.

White powder

Water soluble


pH: 6

Shelf life: three years when stored correctly in a cool, dark place.

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For Your Safety

This natural product is for external use only. Please exercise caution and do not ingest or take internally. Store away from children, animals, sunlight and heat. If pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your medical care-giver before use.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Elizabeth V.d.W.

Excellent customer service and parcel deliver speedily. Thanks

Vernon J.
Excellent service

Very good customer service , recieved my parcel in time, excellent communication between Essentially Natural and customer
I will highly recommend them
Vernon Joubert

Liza N.
Very handy product

Thank you - this is a very handy product for formulating thinner lotions. The skin feel is not obvious, and is very effective at reducing separation in a thinner formulation. Thank you Essentially Natural for supplying this very effective and helpful ingredient!

Colleen M.
Essentially Natural Hydroxyethyl Cellulose

This is a gelling agent I've wanted to try for a long time. It works so well in a face wash. I also made a jelly mask which turned out brilliantly. It only takes a little amount of the powder to gel up a product. It's affordable and easy to use. Love it!

Mariki V.

Have not used this before but read a lot of good stuff about this and am excited to try this