Lauryl Glucoside Natural Surfactant
Lauryl Glucoside Natural Surfactant is a viscous yellow substance that derives from palm kernel oil, corn sugar, or coconut. The ingredient is also a type of alkyl glucoside, which is a substance formed by mixing alcohols and sugar. Lauryl Glucoside crystallizes at temperatures below 60°F.
Lauryl Glucoside is a 100% vegetable origin, biodegradable, mild cleansing agent that gives moderate to high amount of foam. It’s happy to work together with other surfactants (in general, that helps to create milder
At low temperatures, surfactants can undergo a phenomenon known as “gelation” or “gel formation”. There the surfactant molecules arrange themselves in a specific pattern or structure. This gel-like structure can result from the increased interactions between the hydrophobic regions of the surfactant molecules, leading to a network of interconnected aggregates or clusters.
If you encounter a situation where a surfactant has hardened at low temperatures and you need to restore its original properties, you can try the following approaches:
- Thermal treatment: Gentle heating can often help in liquefying the hardened surfactant. You can either pass hot water over the container, use bain marie pot, or put the container in microwave etc…
- Diluting the solution with a suitable solvent or water can help break down the gel-like structure.
- Mechanical agitation: Introducing mechanical energy through vigorous stirring, shaking, or using a homogenizer can help break up the gel structure and disperse the surfactant molecules.
However, it’s important to note that Lauryl Glucoside can crystallize at temperatures below 60°F (15°C). This means that in cooler conditions, it may undergo a phenomenon called “gelation” or “gel formation.” During gelation, the surfactant molecules arrange themselves in a specific pattern or structure, resulting in a gel-like consistency.
It’s important to handle the surfactant with care during this process to avoid any overheating or damage.
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