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Excellent cold emulsifier. Easy to use and a little goes a long way. Gives product a soft luxurious feel excellent for high end personal skin care products. Wish it came in a larger size..... ...»
Angela
Very easy to use. I like it as a thickener for ready emulsion if it is too liquid. Using it as a single emulsifier keep in mind to add less actives... ...»
Nat
Im 45 years old; average looking skin for my age. Applied a small pea sized amount of Sea Kelp Bioferment to my face full strength in the am after washing my face of previous night makeup.; let face "dry". Then aplied my foundation as always. Noticed my thick, heavy foundation applied more easily and smooth. Keep in mind this is DAY TWO of me using this. TWO women at work ( separate departments) commented how wonderful my face looked! One specifically came up to me and asked what I was.. ...»
Jessie Sandford
The Pre-dissolved solution is excellent. Ferulic Acid is an amazing skincare ingredient (potent antioxidant, protects other sensitive antioxidants from light degradation, UV protection) but is absolutely ineffective if it isn't solubilized correctly. Makes adding to any Serum Base or w/o emulsion easy. Love using it (at 6%; so active 0.5%) with the Resveratrol Fluid (10%; active 1%) and Green Tea Extr for potent nighttime brightening treatment... ...»
James
Carla, Many medications can be and are applied topically by prescription. With that in mind, realize that this particular ingredient is wonderful but understand that this is indeed one of those that may create sensitivity with those already using topical hormones or just use sparingly and see how you respond. Sorry for the very late response..... ...»
Angela
Many thanks for the Silicone DM. This product is lovely quality; it is light, silky, and leaves no residue at all. I use it in the base recipe for a mouldable polymer that I then use to make a simulated 'Amber' for bead making. At the end of this process I have a silky, translucent polymer plus the most gorgeous hands in the studio ! My thanks again, Helen.. ...»
HELEN pEAKE
Very good product! Only been using it for a short time, its already made a difference. .. ...»
Bronwynne
muy satisfecho profesionales, y envio sin problemas ,ya que soy de espaƱa producto bien envasado , un placer ser cliente porque dan comnfianza y calidad.gracias un saludo.. ...»
daniel
Wanting to try this, but.... Angela, what was that about effecting hormones? Could someone explain please..... ...»
Carla
I wished i could order this in a smaller amount of 50 gr. Can i get informed when it is available ? -------------------- A. It will not be sold in smaller amounts. The review rating is meant to be for the product, not the size in which it is sold :-(.. ...»
Diana
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emulsifiers & thickeners

Emulsifiers are used to mix water and oil to create an emulsion. An emulsion, more commonly known as a cream, lotion, ointment, etc is basically a combination of oils or oily ingredients and water or aqueous ingredients. To create this emulsion, we add emulsifiers /surfactants. These surfactants (SURFace ACTive AgeNTS) have a lypophillic (oil-loving) tail that can partition (or line up) into the oil (droplet) phase while their hydrophilic (water-loving) heads line up into the water phase. Their tail should be at least 14 carbons long for them to be considered "good" emulsifiers, as opposed to surfactants only. Thus, all emulsifiers can be considered to be surfactants, but not all surfactants are emulsifiers.

Thickening Agents are ingredients that may be added to increase the viscosity of an emulsion without any other significant change to performance of emulstion behavior.  Some thickeners will help to stabilize your emulsions while some will de-stabilize. Almost none of these are waxes, though they are usually in solid form.

Gelling Agents are ingredients that will turn your water, or oil, phase into a gel, which is thickened but, without stiffness.  Emulstions thickened with Geling Agents will be more mobile and fluid, rather than stiff.
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BTMS-50 (Incroquat Behenyl TMS 50)
BTMS Conditioning Emulsifier is an excellent cationic self-emulsifier and conditioner for both hair and skin care. It is naturally derived from Colza oil and is noted for its exceptional mildness. Creams and lotions made with BTMS Conditioning Emulsifier resist wash off and leave a soft, powdery feel on the skin. BTMS can be used as sole emulsification system in creams, lotions or hair conditioners. BTMS can also emulsify many silicones (up to 50% in a formulation).

 BTMS-50 Conditioning Emulsifier/ Behentrimonium Methosulfate /BTMS in skin care:

  • conditioning emulsifier
  • excellent cationic self-emulsifier
  • conditioner for both hair and skin care
  • exceptional mildness
  • resist wash off
  • soft powdery feel on the skin
  • can be used as sole emulsifier
$17.05
GelMaker Ultra (Emulsifier)
Gelmaker Ultra emulsifier  is an anionic acrylic copolymer dispersed in medicinal grade white oil. It is typically used as thickener for aqueous solutions and stable O/W emulsions at any stage of manufacture. It requires no pre-mixing or special storage facilities, even at low pH.

Gelmaker Ultra in skin care:

  • Cold process emulsifierStable oil/water creams and lotions
  • Thickener for aqueous (water)  cream-gels
  • No pre-mixing required
  • Makes elegant cream-gels
  • Ready-to-use liquid for cold process thickening and emulsifying
  • No heat or neutralisation required
  • Can be used in the presence of anionic and nonionic ingredients
  • Effective when formulating from pH 2 - 11
  • Can be used in formulations containing a wide range of oil and fat or silicone ingredients up to a total of 30%
$10.00
Based on 2 reviews.
Octyldodecanol
Octyldodecanol  is an emollient, solvent, and moisturizer for skin care products. It provides the skin with a soft, smooth appearance. Octyldodecanol  is an ideal solvent to dissolve salicylic acid.

Octyldodecanol in skin care: 

  • solvent

 
$10.90
Sclerotium Gum
Sclerotium gum is an active ingredient obtained through fermentation from hardened fungal masses of various types of fungi. The most common source is a parasitic fungus named Sclerotium rolfsii.  Due to its efficiency as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabilizer, sclerotium gum is used in numerous applications in the industrial, food and pharmaceutical fields. Recent research showed that sclerotium gum is a compound perfectly suitable for topical delivery of pharmaceuticals and natural active ingredients. Besides providing the right viscosity and stability of the topical preparation, the gum also has multiple benefits for the skin. Sclerotium gum is high in polysaccharides, especially beta glucans, namely scleroglucan, and has multiple benefits for the skin: it protects the lipid barrier, prevents water loss, increases moisturization, protects and repair damaged skin, enhances the local immune response and increases collagen production and deposits.

Key benefits of Sclerotium Gum in skin care:

  • moisturizing and hydration [9][12][13]
  • anti-inflammatory [6] [10]
  • wound healing support [6] [10]
  • sun damage protection [10]
  • sun damage repair [10]
  • stimulate collagen production[11]
  • Anti-bacterial [11]
  • Antioxidant [10]
  • Restore barrier function [9][12][13]
 
  • Emulsion stabilizer
  • Improves flow of emulsions
  • Wide pH tolerance :: 5 to 12
  • Offers a nice feel to products
  • Viscosity not affected by high heat
  • Stable in extreme physical and chemical conditions
  • Creates smooth flowing gels / serums
  • Improves natural moisture levels in skin and hair
  • Gels the water phase for enhanced viscosity without stiffness
  • Outstanding suspending ability
  • Alternative to carbopol and Gelmaker Ultra
  • Moisturizer
$17.00
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