Anhydrous (no water) products: oil serum, balm, lip balm, lipstick etc

Anhydrous (no water) products: oil serum, balm, lip balm, lipstick etc

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Adjusting Emulsion Viscosity

Adjusting Emulsion Viscosity

How to make your emulsion thicker or thinner. First analyze your formula to see what ingredients are contributing to viscosity. This is usually the emulsifier blend, gums/polymers and any fatty alcohols/acids (stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol) or waxes in your formula. If you wish…

Sapogel Q

Sapogel Q

I was first introduced to this new ingredient in March 2019 by its manufacturer, Alchemy Ingredients. Caroline from Alchemy hosted a special workshop for a small group of formulators which included myself, Jane Barber, Susan Barclay-Nichols (www.swiftcraftymonkey.blog), and Alchemy’s Australian distributors, Carst. The workshop proved…

Xanthan gum

Xanthan gum

0.2-0.3% xanthan gum is a common ingredient in my emulsions. I use this natural polymer mainly as a stabiliser. Xanthan, with it’s shear thinning, and high low-shear viscosity, is able to reduce the tendency of droplets to coalesce minimising the chances of emulsion separation.  I…

Fatty Alcohols: Cetyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Alcohol

Fatty Alcohols: Cetyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Alcohol

Want to make your emulsion thicker, more creamy and stable?  Just add 1-2% of either:  cetyl alcohol (cetanol (1-hexadecanol C16)); stearyl alcohol (1-octadecanol C18); or cetostearyl alcohol (blend of C16 and C18). I’m a huge fan of these common higher alcohols.  I use them in…

Learn to Make Natural Lotion, Cream, Moisturiser & Body Butter

Learn to Make Natural Lotion, Cream, Moisturiser & Body Butter

Scroll down for our Lotion tutorial but if you would like to make other products, sign up to our Free, online formulation course from Chemists Corner, Swiftcraftymonkey and Making Skincare As a first step to making your own products, we highly recommend enrolling on our…