Emulsifiers: Montanov 68

Montanov 68 (aka at Sugarmulse or Glucomulse, might be Vegetal 68) is another liquid crystal emulsifier we can find at our suppliers. The INCI is cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside. It is an ECOcert emulsifiers. Its suggested usage is 1% to 5% in the oil phase, and I’ve seen it noted that we want to…...

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What the heck are those? Liquid crystal emulsifiers

I recently tried some experimenting with a few new emulsifiers, Olivem 1000 and Montanov 68 (aka Sugarmulse at one supplier), and thought I’d share those experiences with you. These are new and interesting emulsifiers that create liquid crystal emulsions, which are quite different than the oil-and-water emulsions we’re accustomed to making with something like Polawax,…...

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A few thoughts on supplies…

Someone commented the other day that they don’t have a full workshop of supplies like I do, and asked for suggestions for substitutions for those I used in a recipe. I think you’d be surprised by my supplies. I don’t think I have much more than you have in your workshop. I do buy supplies…...

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Creating a facial cleanser: A foaming rice protein based cleanser

When I get new ingredients, I like to shake things up and try making something I’ve made before with the ingredient to see how it changes the way the product feels. I have a few new ingredients from the Formulator Sample Shop*, and I thought I’d try them in my low surfactant foaming cleanser recipe…....

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Weekend Wonderings: How do I figure out if I can use some ingredients as emulsifiers? Why add cetyl alcohol to a recipe with e-wax?

HOW DO I FIGURE OUT IF I CAN USE TWO EMULSIFIERS TOGETHER?In this post, How do we make substitutions with our emulsifiers, Mette asks: I have some questions which I hope you can help me with. I am trying to make a baby lotion and I have Sucrose Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate and Cetearyl Alcohol on my hands. As…...

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Question: Can I add glycerin to a lotion bar?

In this post on lotion bars, anonymous asks: How can you get glycerin to mix in a lotion bar? Do I heat to a certain temperature? Mix the wax and glycerin first before I put in my heated oils? Help I love glycerin in all my products. If you are wondering if you can mix…...

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Making a cooling spray – part 3 (updated)

Thanks for joining me for part three of making a cooling spray! On Monday (part one), we took a look at some liquids we might use and on Tuesday (part two), we took a look at adding humectants. Let’s put the recipe together now! COOLING SPRAY WITH MODIFICATIONS TO MAKE IT LESS STICKY AND MINTY…...

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Making a cooling spray – part 2 (updated)

Yesterday we took a look at reinventing the cooling spray with some new ingredients. Today, we’ll continue that adventure by looking at some of the other hydrosols or liquids we might include. Witch hazel is always something I consider when I’m looking for cooling. We use it a lot for its astringency, but it has…...

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Making a cooling spray – part 1 (updated)

I am not a fan of warmer weather. I’m content around 16˚C to 20˚C, maybe a little warmer when I’m camping, so I get a little cranky when the temperature gets up around 30˚C. Yeah, I have an air conditioner, but that doesn’t help when I’m sweating at the library for the groups or in…...

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Weekend Wonderings: How do companies use fresh fruit in their products? How does Lush make their water containing products preservative free?

HOW DO COMPANIES USE FRESH INGREDIENTS IN THEIR PRODUCTS?In an e-mail, Breanna asks: I have seen a lot of companies claim that they put actual “food” in their products. For example an oil based scrub with lime zest, real coco powder, actual avocado, and even real strawberries. How can you put it in your products without it…...

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