Help reverse engineering a brilliant face cream
I’m attempting to dupe my favourite moisturiser (just for personal use/to learn). Let me start out by saying I’m going off my high school chemistry knowledge and the huge amount of formulating reading I’ve done but I’m still very much a beginner!
The ingredients list is as follows:
Water, shea butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, glyceryl oleate citrate, amla berry extract, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, avocado oil, sunflower oil, mango butter, milk thistle ethyl ester, benzyl alcohol, coenzyme Q10, arachidyl glucoside, vitamin e, sodium citrate, lysolecithin, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, pullulan, dehydroacetic acid, natural fragrance (fig and oriental rose).
I’m aware that with a list of plant oils and butters so long that they’re probably in quite small amounts except for the shea butter being the second ingredient? The cream feels fairly light on the skin but super nourishing.
Does anyone have any idea which ingredients are lessening the heaviness?
I have cetyl and cetearyl alcohols as well as glyceryl stearate, stearic and a few complete emulsifying waxes. Which of these materials would best replace the behenyl/benzyl alcohols?
The gums at the end look to me like they could be Siligel?
Any pointers would be greatly appreciated in my quest!