Elementis explores how a small quaternary treatment allows hectorite to bring multiple benefits to the oil phase of a formulation while remaining up to 99% naturally-derived
Hectorite clay, named after the originating area in a location near Hector, California, is an exceptionally pure, non-toxic, nonbioaccumulating, three-layer clay of the smectite family. It is sourced from the world’s purest hectorite mine, near Newberry Springs, California.
The hectorite clay was created from volcanic ash by hydrothermal means. The salt beds found in this area in combination with hot springs yielded a unique clay mineral structure that is different to other smectite clays.
The extremely efficient swelling capability and network stability of hectorite is due to the uniform charge density distribution, as the clay was built from a quick volcanic eruption. Bentonite, on the other hand, is built from a longer-lasting weathering process with less uniform charge density distribution.
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