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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
I am 69 and I have used this product for two years almost every day at a high dose, adding it to my antioxidant day cream, with excellent results. For me it has a very high quality and effectiveness: reduction of wrinkles, hydrated skin, unified color without blemishes ... A product of 10, the same score that I give to John for the quality of the products he sells, his excellent description / use and the bibliographic contribution.En .. ...»
MarĂ­a Jesus
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
Eliz
This is great stuff. I add it to my liquid face soap and it does an excellent job in preventing acne and gently exfoliating the skin... ...»
Marie
Really loving this product. I make the best Centella toner and most concentrated ever. 2 g of centella extract dissolved in 10g of alcohol(you have to stir a lot) plus 88 grams of water and you get a very concentrated toner. Creams, toners, ampoules... all have only 0,1% of triterpenes, this toner i make have 1,4%. I am loving it, will see the results. .. ...»
Francisco
It is true, this product does leave the skin silky smooth! I can highly recommend using it in your masks... ...»
Mati Fuller
Just recently ordered this and LOVE! Green Tea EGCG truly is one of the most fantastic skincare actives out there. Very difficult to find good quality product (90%) and even harder to actually solubilize it! Love that it comes in pre-dissolved solution. I enjoy adding it at 1% (so 11% sol) to my serum formulations containing Niacinamide 5% + NAG 3%. Excellent for oily acne prone skin. *Only gripe... because the Pre-Dissolved Solution is SO heavy in propanediol (10 parts Propanediol for 1 part E.. ...»
Victor
Wonderful base cream! Only multi-lamellar structured cream I've found on the market. Cream itself is lightweight (no oil) yet very conditioning/hydrating. Easily accepts water-soluble active ingredients as well as oil-soluble ones. I've even pushed the additional ingred % up to 20 (meaning 80% this cream, 20% added) without any separation issues. Ideal base cream for delivering actives. Personal favorite recipe calls for 5% straight Grapeseed Oil with 5% SebumREG oil active + Panthenol 1% + E Ac.. ...»
Vic
excellence product, very good and made my skin soft and smooth just like baby's skin. Thank you john.. ...»
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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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