July 30, 2015
July 30, 2015
Define Natural Cosmetics
What is your definition of natural cosmetics?
The formulator and business needs to have clarity on their vision for the product, the market and the consumer and define natural. The range of ingredients used in natural and organic products are vast.
There is no definition in the cosmetic market for natural. It can mean anything, therefore, the formulator and business must define their definition of ‘natural’ body, hair and skin care products.…READ MORE »
July 29, 2015
Emulsions: Lotions, Creams and Hair Conditioners
Lotions, creams and hair conditioners are a few products that are emulsions. An emulsion is a homogenous mixture (colloid) where the particles disperse and do not separate and settle out of the mixture. The emulsion contains ingredients that are incompatible and insoluble in each other when combined together, like oil and water.…READ MORE »
July 28, 2015
Complete emulsifiers are so much easier to use in emulsions than single emulsifiers. A complete emulsifier contains several materials that emulsify and thicken an emulsion. An example of this can be compared to a boxed cake mix. In a cake mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, vanilla and sugar is put together in the perfect portions needed to make a cake.…READ MORE »
July 27, 2015
photo of emulsifiers: complete emulsifiers and single emulsifiers
What is an Emulsifier?
An emulsifier is a type of surfactant. It is a compound* that stabilizes emulsions and keeps water ingredients and oil ingredients mixed together.
Oil and water do not mix. For example, an oil and vinegar (water) salad dressing separates and needs to be shaken before use unless the dressing contains an emulsifier.…READ MORE »