Humectants and Diluents

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Our Humectants and Diluent Products

Humectants are substances used to add moisture to a variety of types of products, from food to skin care, while diluents are liquid substances that are mixed with materials to reduce viscosity and increase flow rate. United Foods can supply you with all your humectant and diluent needs for your products. We provide these essential, versatile ingredients using our knowledgeable experts to ensure premium quality and customer satisfaction. We believe our customers are our family, and producing excellent quality products is our only goal.

Some of our available humectant and diluent products are listed below.


This sugar alcohol can be used as a humectant in many types of products to enhance moisture as well as to add sweetness.

Cream of Tartar

This tartaric acid is a byproduct of wine production and works as a humectant and leavening agent to prevent rebonding of sugar.


A colorless, odorless, viscous liquid, glycerin is a nontoxic and sweet-tasting polyol that serves as a sweetener and humectant in pharmaceutical formation.

Sodium Lactate

Sodium lactate, the sodium salt of lactic acid, is an effective humectant because it binds water easily. It is commonly used in skin care products and moisturizers.

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Humectants are commonly used in food products that need to be kept moist but are made to have a long shelf life and risk bacterial growth. Humectants allow for the control of moisture changes caused by humidity fluctuations in processing, transport, and storage. They are commonly added to foods like cereals, candy, cheese, marshmallows, and baked goods to keep them fresh, long-lasting, and moist. Humectants are also used in many cosmetic skincare and haircare products, including conditioners, cleansers, facial creams, lotions, lip balms, and soaps.

Diluents are used to decrease viscosity in a vast range of products, including crude oil, chemical thinners, and medicines. Contact us today for more information on our humectant and diluent inventory and pricing so that we can start supplying you with our top-quality ingredients for all of your humectant and diluent needs!


Humectants & Diluents product list

  • 1,3 Butylene Glycol
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Glycerine
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorbitol Crystalline
  • White Oils [Mineral Oils]