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  • glow effect

    Posted by rayyy on May 19, 2024 at 1:40 pm

    hello everyone, what ingredients would increase a glow effect ( reflecting light) of a serum. i dont want to increase emollients percentage, so what other ingredients would have this effect? what pigments doesn’t leave like glitters residues but still reflect light? Appreciate your time

    remakeanddump replied 4 weeks ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • rayyy

    May 20, 2024 at 1:57 pm


  • Perry44

    May 20, 2024 at 3:58 pm

    Silicones should work, but without sharing a list of ingredients you’re already using we can’t give much more helpful advice. There isn’t a single “increase glow” ingredient.

    • rayyy

      May 20, 2024 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you perry, ingredients:

      water phase: aqua, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, pentylene glycol, edta

      oil phase: caprylic capric triglyceride, IPM, fluidifeel easy, solagum AX, sepinov emt

      preservative+ parfum

  • suswang8

    May 20, 2024 at 8:02 pm

    I think the question needs to be rephrased, but certain types of mica can do this without a glitter residue. It depends on the type and quantity. Also, you don’t have to *increase* emollients, but perhaps switch to ones that leave more of a gloss/residue? Finally, even glycerin will do this to a certain extent.

    • rayyy

      May 21, 2024 at 8:13 am

      I’m new to formulation and I know a little about pigments. I guess i should do more research, Thank you for your time

  • Graillotion

    May 20, 2024 at 10:24 pm

    Question is a bit vague….

    I’ll toss this out …. as a purveyor of emollients.

    Some will leave pronounced skin shine…while others will leave a matte finish or no shine at all.

    Hence if shine = glow …. simply switch things up to shine leaving emollients. You don’t need to use more emollients….just those that leave a shine …. if I understand you correctly.

    As an example… I had to decide between two awesome emollients …. Dicaprylyl carbonate and Ethylhexyl Isononanoate. They are very similar, but the latter leaves less of a gloss….which is my preference….hence I selected it as the one I keep in the lab.

    • rayyy

      May 21, 2024 at 8:10 am

      I see. I’ll do more research and choose an emollient with shine in mind. Thank you

  • Paprik

    May 21, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    Just to add a little - to check how the lipid “behaves”, simply put drop or two on back of your hand and see how it flows, how it shines after you spread it, how does it feel.

    This will give you an idea how it will act in the product. If you use Coco Caprylate, you won’t get much emolliency. Dimethicone will give you more soft, silkier, softer feel. Castor oil will be very heavy, etc …

    Experiment, experiment, experiment 🙂 Good luck!

  • remakeanddump

    May 21, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    You can try synthetic fluorphlogopite. Not too big of a particle size (glittery), not too small (too opaque).

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