Need recommendation of natural solubilizers

Hi all, I'm trying to develop a toner with apple cider vinegar, rose water and essential oils. Therefore, the pH will be around 3-4 and I anticipate my essential oils concentration to be less than 1.5%. I also want to have the oils mixed in without asking the customer to shake it before each use. What's your recommendation of a solubilizer that is

  1. 100% natural
  2. Vegan
  3. Gluten-free (ideal but I can live with it if this is not available)
  4. Clear solution (ideal but I can live with it if this is not possible)
  5. Non-comedogenic
I've read that Tegosolve 55 and Natrgem S140NP are both good? What's your recommendation and what concentration should I use for the toner?

Appreciate your help as always!

Comments

  • Poly Suga Mulse D9 ... you can buy small quantities from Formulator Sample Shop.  They also carry SymbioSolv Clear Plus which is pretty good too.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    Provides Formulation Development and Lab-Scale Contract Manufacturing Services.  See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com

  • @MarkBroussard Thank you! What % would you suggest for each?
  • A 3:1 ratio of solubilizer:oil is a good place to start.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    Provides Formulation Development and Lab-Scale Contract Manufacturing Services.  See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com

  • Be careful with essential oils. You said it will be less than 1.5% of your formula, but this amount sounds extremely high. In fact even 0.5% is high. There are many legit researches showing evidence  that EO's are either cytotoxic or phototoxic or both. I can share papers and links to sources. I personally use them only in rinse off products.
  • @ngarayeva001
    Agreed on the EO's. I wonder where that 'essential' oil hype came from anyway. They're neither essential nor special in my opinion.
  • @Doreen Initially I thought EO stands for Essentially Obsolete ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • @Doreen, the first thing that an average consumer does when trying a new product is smelling it. Smell is a huge part of the decision making (unfortunately). I have a friend, who knows that I formulate without colorants and fragrance, but every single time I show her a new product... yes, she smells it....
  • @Chemist77
    :joy:

    @ngarayeva001
    Yes, but I didn't contradict that fact. I do formulate with (mostly synthetic) fragrances a lot. Between 0.1 - 0.3% usually. I have a sensitive skin type, but I can handle concentrations that low.
  • @Doreen I donโ€™t mind synthetic fragrances. I would used them if I had an access to good quality materials, but since I donโ€™t I prefer not using anything at all.
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