At the Cosmet’Agora trade show, taking place in Paris from January 16-18, 2024, Berg+Schmidt will premiere BergaCare FG Gel – a new solution designed to thicken transparent oil formulations. The new rheology modifier can be used for both leave-on and rinse-off products.


The main advantage of the new ingredient is that it is cold processible. Berg+Schmidt says its natural thixotropic properties enable BergaCare FG Gel to optimally convert liquid oil in Jello-like textures.

While formulators can already choose between different oil thickeners on the market, none of them is cold-processible,” explains Sabrina Paltian, Manager Application Technologies at Berg+Schmidt Care Ingredients. In a context of high energy prices, “this is clearly a huge advantage,” she adds.

BergaCare FG Gel can be used to create transformational textures and a variety of viscosities such as gel-to-oil products. However, to ensure that BergaCare FG Gel together with the selected oil creates a homogeneous mixture, a certain amount of shear force is required for the manufacturing process.

It is up to the formulator to decide which tool is used to generate this force. BergaCare FG Gel is highly compatible with numerous stirring devices,” says Berg+Schmidt.

Transparent formulations

BergaCare FG Gel is compatible with commonly used vegetable oils and emollients. It has the ability to create different viscosities depending on the use level. This opens up a broad range of formulating options. In particular, visual appearance of the finished product can be adjusted from a transparent oil gel to dense, yet light, cream, or from fluid oil to solidified gel.

Only a few natural oil thickeners can actually create transparent systems,” highlights Sabrina Paltian.

Compatibility with different plant-based emollients also helps ensure a well-received sensory experience that supports luxury skin care.

En vogue concepts like luxurious gel-to-oil textures in anhydrous, nourishing body care applications promise smooth and silky skin both during and after application. Unlike other oil products, thickened oil gels can be applied where they are needed without evaporating or becoming runny,” concludes Berg+Schmidt.