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  • Formulating Cosmetic Bases

    Posted by Ron_93 on November 18, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Hi everyone,

    I hope you all are doing well. I had a questions regarding formulating cosmetic bases. I’ve noticed suppliers like Making Cosmetics, Essential Labs, and Wholesale Supplies Plus carry a wide range of bases from body to liquid foundations, etc. When formulating these types of bases, is there a particular way to formulate them?

    For example, Making Cosmetics body cream base instructions states that up to 10% of liquids can be added to customize it (doesn’t specify whether lipids or water-based materials though :-/). If this is the case, would one use less “liquid” when formulating the base? Just trying to get a general idea if there is a special rule/technique when formulating cosmetic bases. Thank you for your time.

    Ron_93 replied 7 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Perry44

    November 19, 2023 at 8:03 am

    I don’t think there are any general rules as what you can do to a formula depends on the chemical composition of the blend you are using. I think these bases are designed to be finished formulas to which you just add a little more water. You are also able to add small amounts of extracts for marketing purposes. They are not meant to be used for significant modifications.

    • Ron_93

      November 21, 2023 at 8:30 am

      Hi Perry,

      Thank you, Perry. I guess the “liquid” part kind of threw me off being that the type wasn’t specified. I appreciate your help.

  • drkvsarathi

    November 20, 2023 at 5:38 am

    The actual creams, ointments and gels are made for different type of skin and the percentage details are given below for your reference,

    Cream means 50 % water + 50 % Oil

    Cream W/O - Water 30-40 % & Oils 50-60 %

    Cream O/W - Oils 30-40 % & Water 50-60 %

    Ointment - 90 % Ointment Base, No water

    Gel - 90 % water

    But the current scenario all depends on the marketing strategy…

    • Ron_93

      November 21, 2023 at 8:31 am

      I see, got it! Thank you

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