How To Thicken Liquid Soap Base

When you DIY your homemade liquid soap, you can control the thickness by adding simple ingredients call HEC –ย Hydroxyethyl cellulose.ย  Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (HEC) is a natural gum derived from pine and spruce tree trunks. It is a non-ionic, water soluble thickening agent for water based cosmetic and personal care products. Hydroxyethyl Cellulose will also help enhance the foaming action of surfactants.


This allows you to use less surfactant, making your shampoos and cleansers more gentle and more effective. Our Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (HEC) can be used to efficiently thicken shampoos, body washes and shower gels.It can thicken your liquid soap depends on how much HEC you add into the soap, the more you mix, the soap is thicker.



After learning what is HEC, now let’s try to do a thick soap base follow the recipe in ours video!

14 thoughts on “How To Thicken Liquid Soap Base

  1. If I make 500ml of liquid soap need how many gram of HEC to thicken the solution.

    1. hai there, for Thickener 1.0%-3.0%. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanx for the useful and authentic information you have share with this article
    it will be surely beneficial for everyone.

    1. sure, welcome

    1. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you very much. Very helpful.

    1. ok sure. welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Morning, if i make 20 litres of dishwashing liquid, how much can i use HEC can i use

      1. hi morning. ratio for hec is 1-3%. so for 20liter x 0.03 = 600g. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hello
    I have made laundry detergent shampoo but after few days it separate. Could tell me please what should I do?

    1. hello there,
      because you mix with water and oil. that’s y it separate. you need use mixing agent for oil and water. you can use emulsifier france for mixing agent ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dear Miss Sarah,
    For HEC, should this chemical be used in the early stages or after adding other chemicals first and hec at last stage?

    1. hi dear.
      our HEC is not chemical. its natural products. for usage this HEC you can mix with warm water first and can mix it the last stage dear. and then wait for 24hours ๐Ÿ™‚

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