As I mentioned in this Weekend Wonderings post, I bought Ritathix DOE, a thickener for surfactant based products and I thought I'd give it a try. Let's take a look at this thickener in this post, then look at how I use it to thicken things in tomorrow's post. Then we'll compare it to Crothix and salt early next week!
Ritathix DOE (INCI: PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Methyl Gluceth-10) is a liquid thickener that is supposed to be able to thicken non-ionic surfactants like decyl glucoside that normally don't want to thicken something like liquid Crothix. I can't find a data sheet on it anywhere - it looks like it's really new! - but I did find this suggested recipe using this ingredient from Personal Care Magazine.
Applications: Surfactant systems, facial washes, cleansers
Use Levels: 0.5% - 3.0%
Comments: A liquid based surfactant thickener that has the ability to thicken in very precise increments. A cold process ingredient that can be added during any phase of the manufacturing process and can be used to fine tune batch viscosity. Can be used in clear surfactant systems and does not need to be neutralized.
There are claims that this is an "all natural" thickener, but I don't see an Ecocert designation or anything else like that, so I can't really say either way. (I confirmed with a rep from the company that it is NOT ECOcert.)
I wish I had more information, but even a visit to the company's website gives me nothing, so I've had to rely on my own experience and press releases.
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating with this new thickener!