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  • Butylene Glycol….Anything more than a humectant???

    Posted by Graillotion on September 18, 2020 at 2:09 am

    I purchased Butylene Glycol as a component to test in a facial cream I am working on.  The site I bought it on…had very little in the way of a detailed description.  I know beyond humectancy, it is a solvent (who’s service I am not in need of), but my question is…by adding this product, can I expect any additional benefits in the way of texture, feel, extended TEWL…etc?  Any negative aspects of adding it, because I certainly do not have to add it, if it brings nothing additional to the table.  I don’t think it adds anything to the INCI listing…hehehe.

    Is a starting point of 4% too high?  I always use a blend of humectants in my products, so am not expecting it to carry the full load.

    jemolian replied 3 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • jemolian

    September 18, 2020 at 2:37 am

    You can use it to sub out some percentages of the Glycerin to reduce tack, as i usually do with my Betaine, though some people might be sensitive to Butylene Glycol.

    I’m sensitive to some of the other Glycols / Diols, so normally i try not to use them for my face formulations, but each of them have a different texture, “tingly-ness” and sometimes “heat” to it since it’s what i normally feel when i apply them to my face. 

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