My First Emulsion, Some Questions (Barrier Repair Cream)
After months of research, I am about to create my first emulsion and would appreciate some help regarding choosing the ideal emulsifier for my specific formula.
Some basic facts about my (theoretical) cream:
Oil Phase: 25%
Main Oils Used (>25% of Oil Phase): Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Borage Oil
HLB: N/A (Note: One of my ingredients, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide (Ceramide E) does not have a HLB value, so I cannot calculate my HLB.)
Given these circumstances, I plan to use Ecomulse at 8% for a few reasons. Ecomulse is not based on the HLB system, it can handle as much as a 25% oil phase, it’s effective at a pH as low as 5.0, and it has its own moisturizing properties.
Based on the main properties of my formula, would 8% Ecomulse with 0.3% xanthan gum be a wise choice? Considering my 25% oil phase, I was debating using 10% Ecomulse (maximum recommended concentration), but I do not want my cream overly thick.
I should mention that I only have an electric whisk to work with right now. I was close to choosing Olivem 1000 before I realized it required sophisticated mixing technique with lab-grade equipment that I do not have ATM.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
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