Structuring agents add rigidity to many personal care formulations. These materials add enable formulators to create unique textures and forms. Whether used in an emulsion or anhydrous formulation, structuring agents are also important to the overall stability of a formulations. They can used in everything from lotions and creams to decorative cosmetics such as lipstick and pencils.
Many of these materials will also function beyond simply adding viscosity to a formulation. Some structuring agents will form full sticks. Others will aid in the stability by preventing bleeding of common cosmetic oils. Some others can boost SPF or water-resistance. By having a variety of structuring agents available, a formulator is able to find the right compatibility with the application.