New Emulsifier or need for thickeners - help!!
I am new to the forum and an amateur formulator - however have been reading and learning and experimenting for the past 9 months now. My forte is naturally derived ( as much as possible) and herbal formulations, So I wanted to try to make a pourable/ pumpable lotion and for the same- tried out Cream maker fluid ( Inci name - Sorbitan laurate, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, dilauryl citrate ) for the same.
OIls ( coconut, babassu, MCT and apricot kernel)- 12%
Aloe gel- 5%
Glycerin -3 %
Cetyl alcohol- 0.5
Cream maker fluid- 3.5%
Vtamin E - 1%
Essential oils- 2%
Optiphen plus- 1%
But my emulsion -although came together but separated quickly. The formulation guide is to use 1.5-2.5% cream maker fluid - but I used more than that. Then I added HEC at 0.5, increased cetyl alcohol to 2% and Cream maker fluid to 6%- and of course adjust water accordingly. The rsults still the same but my lotion now had stringy texture ( thanks to HEC) and waxy feel ( large amount of emulsifier I guess).
I guess I do need a natural polymer if possible like konjac or alginate for my water phase and an oil thickener too- like some out there are sapogel, sucragel, dermofeel viscolid or bio Jelly- all new to me.
Thoughts from you experts ? And experiences with Cream maker fluid?