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  • Newbie Question - Am I on the right track?

    Posted by LBV on October 24, 2023 at 8:29 am

    I am a diyer. I made a 60 (oil - all liquid):40 (water and humectants) lip moisturiser with Soy Lecithin (3%) as emulsifier. It seemed to work until the following day when it separated. OK, go back to the drawing board. However my mother used it and absolutely loves it as a general face moisturiser. (We have a lot of allergy issues - hence the DIY) She actually would be happy with the formula that separates, but I am not. She didn’t like my second version which incorporated shea butter, cera bellina and reduced water.

    My next thoughts are to take the original recipe, increase the Lecithin to 4% and add 1% cetyl alcohol as a emulsifier booster. Am I on the right track?

    I have limited easy access to supplies, only one local supplier that I am aware of offers alternatives to “clean beauty” ingredients. I chose Lecithin as the main emulsifier as I know it is lip safe and that was the original aim.

    LBV replied 4 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • ozgirl

    October 24, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    To get any specific help you will need to supply the whole formula with percentages.

    Are you trying to make a water in oil emulsion?

  • LBV

    October 24, 2023 at 8:16 pm


    Passionfruit Seed Oil 30%

    Jojoba 20%

    Castor Oil 10%

    Lecithin 3%

    Water 20.5%

    Butylene Glycol 10%

    Sodium Lactate 5%

    Xanthum Gum 0.5%

    Geogard 221 1%

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