I am making a light summer facial moisturizer with a ''jiggly' texture using Siligel and Heliosoft (INCI: Behenyl Alcohol (and) Glyceryl Behenate (and) Lecithin) as emulsifiers.
One of the humectants I use is Vegeluron (Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract solution) at 2%. It's a viscous gel based on a mushroom polysaccharide, very similar to NatraSmooth. It's supposed to be a superior alternative to hyaluronic acid.
I love it but...I need to replace it in my formula because it is $400/kg! What can I replace it with that has both superior moisturizing properties, and also that mucillage-siliconey texture, and is more cost-effective?
I made 40 versions of this formula to get this texture and I don't want to make 40 more to get back to the same texture...
Any suggestions? Thank you!