Carbopol® SMART 3000 polymer

INCI Name: Acrylates / Beheneth-25 Methacrylate / HEMA Crosspolymer-2

Carbopol® SMART 3000 polymer is a highly efficient, nonionic (non-polyelectrolyte) synthetic micro-gel rheology modifier. This polymer is activated by the formulation surfactants, requiring no neutralization step. The polymer liquid form and the surfactant activation mechanism makes this a very simple-to-process polymer with visual clarity and suspension capabilities. Works across a wide pH range in traditional and in very low pH, organic acid containing surfactant formulations.


  • Builds formulations that have exceptional suspension power, enabling striking visuals
  • Compatibility with anionic, cationic, amphoteric and nonionic surfactants for broad application fit
  • Cost-efficient solution to stabilize 2-in-1 shampoo formulations due to synergistic effects with salt and high suspending power
  • Demonstrates great stability with surfactant active levels of 10 wt%
  • Easy-to-use liquid form for lower processing costs
  • Effective across a broad pH range enabling formulating flexibility
  • Elegant rheology with smooth, honey-like flow
  • Enhances pearlization appearance to improve the visual impact of pearlizing additives in surfactant-based systems
  • Helps to suspend and stabilize beads, microcapsules, and exfoliants for excellent product stability and visual appeal
  • Imparts effective thickening, desirable flow characteristics, and permits the formulation of high clarity systems of shampoos, body washes, and other cleansing products
  • Improves formulation aesthetics by offering enhanced flow properties to allow the use of consumer-preferred packaging
  • Simple, easy-to-use liquid thickener – requires no neutralization and can be processed continuously
  • Very clear surfactant formulations at pH 4 to 6 allowing for natural preservatives to be used


  • Conditioners
  • Hair Coloring
  • Mild Cleansers
  • Shampoo

Primary Functions

  • Rheology Modifier
  • Suspending Agent