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  • How To Keep A Whipped Product Stable When Shipping

    Posted by Magnolia2190 on February 27, 2024 at 10:20 am

    Hello! Can someone recommend a good additive for a whipped moisturizer to keep it stable during shipping? I tried adding 1.5% Polysorbate 80, which had no effect at all except making the product a little stiffer to the touch. It still arrived at it’s destination flat and depleted of whipped texture.

    My basic formulation is:

    Aqua - 70%

    Glycerin - 2%

    Butters & Oils - 17%

    Emulsifying wax - 5%

    Cetyl Alcohol - 3%

    Extracts/Additives - 3%

    Thank you so much in advance!

    Graillotion replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Graillotion

    Member
    February 27, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    With shipping…all the variables are out of your control. Your issue is…what makes a whipped product whipped…is trapped air. That is difficult to keep in place. As your product is exposed to heat and vibration, slight melting starts to commence…your whipped in air will escape.

    You have two options. 1) The one I see beginners use….is not selling during the hotter months of the year. 2) increase the melt point of your ingredients. This will give nominal benefit. As someone that worked for a shipping company in my youth, the temps the packages go through….is inhumane. 😅

    Good Luck.

    • Magnolia2190

      Member
      February 28, 2024 at 5:22 am

      Hi, graillotion, thanks for your response. So all those “Protect From Heat” stickers we place on the packages are just moot points? Rats! Your points are well-taken, I’ll keep experimenting.

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Magnolia2190.
      • Graillotion

        Member
        March 2, 2024 at 2:24 am

        You’re funny. Ever seen a UPS truck with an air conditioner? (Other than leaving the door open on a cold day.)

        Just for fun….look up the melt point between cetyl and behenyl alcohol. 🙂

        • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Graillotion.
      • Graillotion

        Member
        March 2, 2024 at 2:27 am

        I worked for both UPS and USPS during my college years…. NEVER ONCE….read a sticker on a box. 😂 (Maybe I should add…. and was never ever told….to read a sticker on a box! 😉 )

        • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Graillotion.
  • Paprik

    Member
    February 27, 2024 at 7:51 pm

    Have you tried adding a gum/polymer?

    • Magnolia2190

      Member
      February 28, 2024 at 5:17 am

      Hi, Paprik, thanks for your response. I tried adding Xanthan Gum, but it changed the feel of the product and made it a little soapy when applying it to the skin, so I ditched that option.

      • Paprik

        Member
        February 28, 2024 at 11:56 am

        Ok, so you have tried one natural gum … that is it?

        • Magnolia2190

          Member
          February 29, 2024 at 7:18 am

          I’ve also tried using less water and swapping cocoa butter for the mango butter. I normally use thinking that the stearic acid in the cocoa butter would help.

          • Magnolia2190

            Member
            February 29, 2024 at 7:20 am

            But, to answer your question, yes, I’ve only used one natural gun.

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