Anhydrous lip mask smelling metallic - how to get rid of the smell?

rk1rk1 Member
edited September 9 in Formulating
Hello -  I'm creating a hydrating (anhydrous) lip mask, but after a few weeks, it smells metallic. Could it be I have added too much mica? Or is it the rosehip oil? Or both? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

Here is the formula.

(Phase A)
14.00 Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate
10.00 Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax
10.00 Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated)/Lavandula Angustifolia Extract
10.00 Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil
10.00 Squalene
6.10 Diisostearyl Malate
6.00 Garcinia Indica Seed Butter
6.00 Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene/Caprylic Capric Triglyceride
5.00 Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil
5.00 Microcrystalline wax
3.00 Isosorbide Dicaprylate
2.00 Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate
2.00 Cocos Nucifera Oil/Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract

(Phase B )
2.50 Mica (Mica/Titanium Dioxide/Iron Oxide)

(Phase C)
3.00 Rosa Canina Seed Oil
2.00 Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil
1.00 Caprylic Capric Triglyceride/Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract
1.00 Dehydroacetic Acid/Benzyl Alcohol
1.00 Tocopherol
0.40 Pelargonium Graveolens Oil


  • I don’t think there’s any way of us knowing - you’d need to smell each raw ingredient. 
  • rk1rk1 Member
    @Sponge I would never recommend smelling raw ingredients to anyone. That is very dangerous.
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    Possibly the preservative.
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