Carbopol® SC-500 polymer

INCI Name: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

Carbopol® SC-500 polymer is a hydrophobically modified cross-linked polyacrylic acid polymer processed in a toxicologically-preferred cosolvent system. It has been balanced with crosslinker levels and an optimized hydrophobic content to provide efficient viscosity, thermal stability, as well as offering suspension capabilities in challenging surfactant systems. This polymer is CFDA listed with the INCI name of Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer.


  • Elegant rheology with smooth, honey-like flow
  • Excellent for thickening efficiency and suspension in difficult-to-thicken, high pH soap-based and sulfate-free surfactant 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
  • Polymerized in an industry friendly solvent system
  • Provides long-term viscosity and system stability over a broad temperature range enabling product consistency over time for consumers
  • Synergistic thickening and suspension in the presence of salt in liquid soap-syndet systems enabling formulations with high visual appeal


  • Facial Cleansers
  • Hand Soap
  • Intimate Cleansers
  • Mild Cleansers
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Products

Primary Functions

  • Rheology Modifier
  • Suspending Agent