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  • Lauryl glucoside as a skin care ingredient

    Posted by Belassi on November 1, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I have been experimenting with Emulgin VL75 (BASF) which is advertised as an emulsifier. 

    It is lauryl glucoside and polyglyceryl dipolyhydroxystearate and glycerin.
    When left, it separates into a thick liquid (80%) and a white layer underneath (20%) which latter I assume is the polyglyceryl dipolyhydroxystearate.
    I made up a skin cream using this emulsifier at 2% - you can find the formula, I actually published it under the title Omega 3 cream or similar.
    Unfortunately it brings me out in a rash of pimples. I have patch tested all other ingredients on myself at 100% strength and no problem with any of them. So it must be the Emulgin. Bearing in mind that most of it seems to be Lauryl glucoside I need to ask, has anyone else tried this emulsifier and if so, did you have any allergy problems?

    Belassi replied 7 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • oldperry

    November 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Interesting result. I have not used that ingredient so can’t say I’ve had the same experience.

  • Belassi

    November 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Is it normal to use surfactants like that in cosmetic emulsions? I was really surprised to see what I regard as a shampoo surfactant as the primary ingredient in the mixture. (Naturally they don’t specify the amounts of each, but after 3 weeks standing you can measure the layers with a ruler.) If so why wouldn’t other shampoo-style emulsifiers be used?

  • oldperry

    November 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    While people have been using Lauryl Glucoside as a cleansing surfactant it is a non-ionic surfactant and not very good for cleansing or foaming. I suspect it is a better emulsifier than most other traditional shampoo surfactants.

  • Belassi

    November 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I fixed this problem. PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate has a similar HLB value. Tried it as a substitute and got a really nice result.

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