Combining emollients: Spreading values – Let’s create a lotion (part three) – formula with esters

In part one of the combining emollients series/course, we introduced the concept of combining emollients to create interesting sensory experiences. In part two, we looked at the concept of spreadability and spreading values. Then we decided to make a lotion using these concepts! In part one of this lotion formula, we chose those oils we for a Polawax...

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#alltheingredients: Cetiol CC (INCI: Dicaprylyl carbonate) – carbonate ester

In the January 2020 Q&A, Anca asked, I saw a video by the Institute of Personal Care Science about formulating a super light sprayable oil. (It’s called their natural hair oil, which you can see in this video.) The bulk of the formula is Cetiol Ultimate (BASF) – INCI undecane/tridecane — described as a ‘very light volatile...

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#alltheingredients: NatraSil™ (INCI: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables) – natural silicone substitute

NatraSil™ (INCI: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables) contains an ester – a Guerbet ester, which we’ll be learning about more in the near future, I hope – with these wonderful hydrogenated olive oil unsaponifiables used to create a naturally compliant blend that works as a very light emollient and silicone substitute. Here’s the...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part three) – testing the jars

So far in this series we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours, and then we created that formula and tested the lip balm in tubes. Today, let’s see how they perform in jars! Reviewing the lip balm in jars!  These jars contain...

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Simple esters: Creating lip balms with esters (part two) – testing the tubes

If you want to catch up on this simple ester series, click here for the last post that has all the links to the previous parts!  Yesterday, we created a formula for a lip balm in which we can try different simple, solid esters, colours, and flavours. Today, let’s make that formula and see what...

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