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  • BB/CC creams

    Posted by belassi on March 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I found this SpecialChem article of interest. I wasn’t aware of this market.

    So, can I make a BB cream simply by adding pigments to one of our existing face creams?
    belassi replied 8 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Bobzchemist

    March 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    The answer to that question is…maybe.

    Pigment particles, no matter how small you grind them, need to be suspended properly, or over time, they settle out. Suspending ability is more a function of yield value than of viscosity, so even your more viscous face creams may not have enough suspending strength to produce a stable product.
    Unfortunately, short of spending 30K or so on an advanced viscometer, there’s no way to tell how much suspending ability a cream will have beforehand - you’ll just have to test the stability in an oven to find out.
  • belassi

    March 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Excellent point. That will rule out the emulsion systems then, but I still have the carbomer creams. I’ll have a go at formulating one I think, just for fun, I have plenty of pigments.

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