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  • What is the best formula or ratio to make a strong hold for these ingredients?

    Posted by rastafalenky on July 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Hello guys. I need your help. I have raw materials; beeswax, cocoa butter, stearic acid, essential oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and DMDM. Can you guys recommend the formula for the strong hold? I am making a water based pomade. Thank you.

    Bobzchemist replied 8 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Bobzchemist

    Member
    July 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    None of those are emulsifiers, and none are water-soluble. You’re not going to be able to make a water based product with the ingredients listed.

  • rastafalenky

    Member
    July 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    But the stearic acid and beeswax act as emulsifier right?

  • Bobzchemist

    Member
    July 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Not by themselves, they don’t.



    Stearic Acid can be converted into an emulsifier by saponifying it, i.e, reacting it with sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide to produce sodium stearate or potassium stearate.

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