I make somewhat natural lotions...(hehhe)… and when I first started this journey 6-8 months ago, in my head I had a negative perception towards anything with the word alcohol in the name...(yes... huge misconception...I don't need the lecture!). Therefore other than the emulsifier, I relied on Xanthan gum and stearic acid as my thickeners. I now know that I have left some really good products off the bench.
Because I live in Hawaii, ALL ingredients are a bit tougher to get, and shipping is crazy expensive.... So in my search for a fatty alcohol, I would prefer to stay with just one. Here is what I am looking for.
1) Thickening agent (top priority)..... however, I like my ingredients to multi-task....you know....thicken, moisturize, enhance skin feel etc....
2) Plays well with others.... does not make the emulsion more difficult, but maybe enhances the stability of the emulsion.
3) Always looking to enhance the skin feel....and if possible...I hate the soaping effect some combinations of ingredients/emulsifiers can create.
I am fascinated by the chemistry of the whole process, so if you can also explain why you made a certain recommendation....I am all ears...here to learn.
Thanx in advance.