Formula Help: My Cleansing Balms Rinse Off Is Awful!
I have been tinkering with a cleansing balm formula but when I go to rinse it off, the emulsification is awful. It forms a thick cream like film on my face that doesn’t come off until I vigorously scrub with a second cleanser. No milky emulsifying goodness happening on the face at all.
Mineral Oil- 37%
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate- 25%
Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate- 15% (HLB 11)
Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate- 5% (HLB
Cersine Wax -6%
Softisan 649- 1%
Vitamin E- 0.5%
Liquid Germall Plus- 0.5%
Things I’ve tried.
- I reduced the amount of Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate from 15% to 5%. I did this because it was mentioned that emulsifiers with low HLB values will create oil in water emulsions which resist wash off. The only reason I’m using it in this formula is that the mixture of these two emulsifiers were supposedly designed to support each other when used for oil based cleansers plus my supplier has amazing prices for them so I’d really like to make it work.
- Made sure that the Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate was thoroughly heated, melted and stirred properly into the batches. Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate is a very soft paste so after my first attempt I noticed that it sort of settled at the bottom. I make sure it’s heated and melted fully then continuously stir until I’m satisfied then I pour into my container and let cook at room temp.
I’d also like to state that my suppliers technical sheet recommends using polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate and Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate in 8:2 or 7:3 ratio rates but all the sample formulas provided were for cleansing oils and not balms so maybe that plays a role? It’s weird because it emulsifies perfectly on the back of my hand but awfully on the face. Maybe I will bring the percentage of the P-Sesquicaprylate down more and see. I would LOVE to hear some suggestions if anyone has any !
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