One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in silicone based facial moisturizers

If you like silicones, Incroquat BTMS-50 should be your emulsifier of choice for lotions and moisturizers because it’s designed to handle high levels of cyclomethicone and dimethicone. (Check out the data bulletin on this ingredient for more information…) Why would we want to use silicones in a facial moisturizer? Dimethicone is moisturizing and skin conditioning, … Read more

Weekend Wonderings: Why is Vitamin E sold in clear bottles if it’s light sensitive?

In this post on anti-oxidants, Bridget asks: I’ve read that many antioxidants are light sensitive. They will quickly become inactivated with exposure to light. I know vitamin C is like this. That’s why C serums have to be packaged in opaque or amber bottles. I have read that vitamin E is also light sensitive. So … Read more

One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in an emulsified scrub (part two)

When we’re making an emulsified scrub, Incroquat BTMS-50 is a great emulsifier choice because it offers emulsification as well as skin conditioning. You can use Incroquat BTMS-25 in place of it in this recipe, if you have it. EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB10% Incroquat BTMS-5010% cetyl, cetearyl, or behenyl alcohol or stearic acid (5% cetyl and 5% … Read more

Blast from the past: Suncreens – What does SPF mean? What exactly is sunscreen? Why shouldn’t we make our own?

WHAT DOES SPF MEAN? (Originally found here…) What is sun protection factor or SPF? How is it defined? SPF is defined as… the dose of UV radiation required to produce 1 minimal erythema dose (MED) on protected skin after the application of 2 mg/cm2 of produce divided by the UV radiation to produce 1 MED on … Read more

One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in facial moisturizers (part two)

Let’s pause this series for a moment and look at a few combinations of ingredients we could use to tweak yesterday’s recipe for a facial moisturizer with Incroquat BTMS-50. Since I’ve written quite a few posts about tweaking the oil phase of our products – see yesterday’s post for that list – let’s take a … Read more

One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in facial moisturizers (part one)

Incroquat BTMS-50 is a great emulsifier for our emulsified products like moisturizers, lotions, creams, and body butters. It will emulsify quite a lot of oils, which means we can use less than we would with other emulsifiers, like Polawax. There is no rule of thumb with Incroquat BTMS-50, so we have to figure it out … Read more