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  • Formulating differences in lotion and face cream.

    Posted by Beryl01 on February 26, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Good day everyone, I need assistance with this.
    I know lotions are not to be put on face because it could be damaging. When making face creams, how is it formulated differently than lotions? Let’s say I want to make a skin brightening lotion and face cream, do I reduce the percentage of active ingredients in the face cream? What do I do differently? 

    bil7 replied 4 years, 2 months ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    February 26, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Lotions are damaging? Why?

  • Graillotion

    Member
    February 26, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Marketing…. :)  You can charge more for face creams.  Typically face creams may use some lighter oils, and hopefully less comedogenic.

  • jemolian

    Member
    February 27, 2020 at 2:14 am

    For me, the difference between milk, emulsion, lotion & creams would only be the viscosity which is changeable with suitable thickeners. The difference between face and body products would mainly be the choice of ingredients but not really the product category itself.  

  • Beryl01

    Member
    February 27, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Lotions are damaging? Why?

    Why do most lotions come with a separate face cream then? 

  • Beryl01

    Member
    February 27, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Marketing…. :)  You can charge more for face creams.  Typically face creams may use some lighter oils, and hopefully less comedogenic.

    Thank you lol 😆 

  • Beryl01

    Member
    February 27, 2020 at 9:20 am

    jemolian said:

    For me, the difference between milk, emulsion, lotion & creams would only be the viscosity which is changeable with suitable thickeners. The difference between face and body products would mainly be the choice of ingredients but not really the product category itself.  

    Thank you 

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    February 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    @Beryl01, for the very same reason a class of products such as eye creams exists: because companies want consumers to buy more. There is no difference between lotions and creams but viscosity. Low viscosity = lotion, high viscosity = cream. I know liquid water-based products that are called “lotions” and runny emulsions that are called creams. None of it is neither defined nor accepted commonly. You can use one product all over your body.

  • Sponge

    Member
    March 2, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    When I started out I was told that lotions have a lower percentage of oils compared to creams. Also, I think consumer perception is that lotions are thinner than creams, but as everyone has already said, it’s more marketing than anything. 

  • bil7

    Member
    March 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    There is alot difference in there fatty acid percentage oil percentage emulsifier percentage water percentage many other things dependent on the purpose to formulate. 
    Also the ph of both lotion and cream differ in whitening cream and lotion and what type of whitening ingredients you used for and there compatability with other materials. 
    Share properly then guide you better.

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