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  • Formution Of Non Tacky Face Oil

    Posted by Emily2001 on April 27, 2023 at 7:39 am

    I am trying to formulate a face oil for sensitive skin using argan oil but argan being very heavy leaves a very tacky feel on the face.

    To mask the effect of Argan Oil I have tried a few esters like:

    1. Octyldodecanol

    2. C13-15 Alkane

    3. C15-19 Alkane

    4. Isopropyl Myristate

    I tried a combination of 10% Octyldodecanol and 10% IPM in the formulation but the face oil was still very heavy.

    Are there any other esters that are non-comedogenic and will help in masking the effect of argan that I could use in formulating the face oil, and if so at what percentage and combinations can those be used ?

    fareloz replied 9 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • gordof

    April 27, 2023 at 7:50 am


    I would suggest looking into Cetiol Sensoft (Propylheptyl Caprylate) / Cetiol RLF (Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate) / Cetiol Ultima (Undecane (and) Tridecane) for that kind of thing if you want a very light natural oil that counteracts the stickiness of argan you could use a safflower oil

    i myself like the combination of RLF 2 parts and Sensoft 1 part a lot

    you need to create a spreading cascade with a light touch and therefore you need a bigger amount of something to counteract the heavy argan.

    • Emily2001

      May 4, 2023 at 3:37 am

      Thankyou, I will definitely try these. I have tried a few more combinations using different types of emollients which seemed to be working fine in removing the greasiness of argan oil. Out of all combinations the one that worked best was :

      30% C13-15 Alkane

      10% Octyldodecanol

      10% Isopropyl Myristate

      I am not sure if we can use combinations like these safely on face. If there is any data regarding safety issues, it’d be of great help.

      • evchem2

        May 4, 2023 at 7:26 am


        This site contains safety data on many cosmetic ingredients and often reports use levels of the ingredients in different applications

  • paprik

    April 27, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah, the majority of the face oil should be from light esters - Coco Caprylate, IPM, etc …

    Aim to around 10-15% of you heavy plant oil (Argan Oil in this case).

    Add some Coenzyme Q10 and/or Sea Buckthorn oil for marketing and you have a great product. 🙂

    • Emily2001

      May 25, 2023 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks Paprik for the suggestion 🙂 will suggest the same to the client

  • fareloz

    May 26, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Some oils have some volatile silicone mixed in which allows to decrease oil content and improve spreadability of the product. Thinner film - less greasy

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