Lotion Formulation help with %

I have put together this formulation was wondering if I can get some help with the %
Mineral oil 5%
Glycerin 3%
Caprylic/ capric triglycerides 2.5%
Steric acid 2.5%
Cetyl alcohol 1%
Phenoxyethanol 1%
Cetearyl alcohol 2-3%
Dimethicone 1.2%
Carbomer or Xanthan gum 0.3%
Methyl paraben 0.2%
Propyl Paraben 0.05%
panthenol 0.2%

I am trying to get this lotion into a non greasy formulation.
Any suggestions. 


  • GraillotionGraillotion Member
    edited September 2021
    You could sure start with the first line!

    Is this the full formula?  Looks like (important) things are missing!

    After you fix the first line...then you can start tweaking.... like switch the fatty alcohols to less unctuous feeling ones, like  behenyl....add some absorption enhancers....consider some starch...etc.

    Personally that much dimethicone feels oily to me.  But that is just me.  I would cut it at least 50%.  Put it on your skin neat....see what you think.

    Might help...if you said what kind of lotion...or the goal of the lotion.

    If you include oily/greasy feeling ingredients in your formula, it is quite the task to remove that feeling.  The easiest way...is don't include them to begin with, or include them at amounts that don't make the product feel greasy.

    Put your ingredients on your skin neat...and you will know which ones give the undesirable feel.

  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    What is your emulsification system?

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  • PharmaPharma Member, Pharmacist
    What is your emulsification system?

    That oil phase composition results in solid droplets... all it takes is high sheer and a good enough thickener to keep them from creaming :smiley: .
    Looking at it makes my eyes sore...
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