Cosmetic additive: Valida T

We are delighted to present to you the latest innovation in the area of cosmetic additives from our partner Sappi – Valida T! With its ground-breaking attributes and advantages, Valida T promises to revolutionize your formulations like never before.

Valida T – your natural choice for innovative cosmetics!

For stability and transparency

Valida T is widely used in the stabilization and thickening of transparent aqueous systems, encapsulated fragrances, oil-in-water emulsions, peelings, and transparent hair-styling products.

Valida properties:

  • Good suspension and stabilization: Valida T offers exceptional suspension properties and ensures that your formulations remain stable and well distributed.
  • Transparency: Achieve clear formulations with Valida T and improve the visual appearance of your products.
  • Rapid network recovery: Experience shear thinning properties similar to Valida S+, allowing for ease of use and an enhanced sensory experience.

Product information at a glance:

  • INCI name: Aqua / Water, Cellulose Gum, Pentylene Glycol
  • Product form: Transparent gel
  • Visual color: Colorless to yellowish
  • Solids content: 2.0 - 3.0 %
  • Stable at pH 5-10: Valida T retains its effectiveness and stability across a broad pH range and thus offers diversity in formulations
  • Anionic nature: Compatible with SLES and amphoteric surfactants. If required, the addition of xanthan gum can boost compatibility
  • Compatibility: Stable with alcohols (e.g. glycerine, ethanol, and butandiol) up to a concentration of 50 %

Valida T is a revolutionary raw material based on natural cellulose that takes your cosmetic formulations to a new level. Developed to stabilize your products and to optimize the suspension of active agents, Valida T offers a variety of impressive properties compared to conventional CMC (carboxymethyl cellulose):

Main characteristics of Valida T compared to CMC:


Valida T


Suspension and stabilization

Even distribution of ingredients, so products remain stable for longer

Poorer particle stabilization performance in comparison

Rheological behavior

Notable shear thinning behavior with rapid regeneration of the network after shearing

Moderate thixotropic behavior

Skin feel and tackiness

Permits stabilization without tacky feeling, ensuring a fresh, pleasant feel on the skin

Can result in a tacky feeling

Synergies with xanthan gum

Improved stabilization performance through combination with XG as well as optimized skin feel

No synergistic effect found


The gel is easy to incorporate into formulations

Powder form requires more effort in processing

Sustainable procurement

Comes from naturally managed forests, meaning Valida is not only effective, but also environmentally friendly

Obtained from wood residues from non-certified stocks by means of chemical reactions

Optimal application of Valida T:

To utilize the full potential of Valida T, it is important that the transparent gel is efficiently dispersed. We recommend incorporating Valida T into the production process at an early stage, ideally by thoroughly dispersing it in deionized water prior to emulsification or other processing steps. This approach ensures even distribution and maximum effectiveness in your formulations.

Contact us today to learn more about Valida T and its variety of possible applications. We will be happy to answer your questions and support you on the way to successful and innovative cosmetic products.

Stefan Koch
Head of BU Life Science

Telephone: +49 40 300 501 8141
E-mail: s.koch[at]