Solubilizers: Caprylyl/capryl glucoside

I wrote a bit about this solubilizer caprylyl/capryl glucoside in this post on glucoside surfactants, but let’s learn more about it now! Caprylyl/capryl glucoside (aka octyl/decyl glucoside or C8-10 alkyl polyglucoside) is an Ecocert non-ionic solubilizer with a pH of 5.5 to 6 that can be used as a solubilizer and a very gentle surfactant. It...

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(Member exclusive) Ingredient: Esters: Di-PPG-2 myeth-10 adipate (or Cromollient SCE)

Di-PPG-2 myeth-10 adipate (or Cromollient SCE) is a PPG ester we can use in just about every product we make, which is quite the claim! PPG esters are surfactants with a hydrophilic or water loving head and a lipophilic or fat loving tail, so they can bring together water and oil as a surfactant. They’re...

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A few thoughts for the day on Honeyquat, alcohol, and solubilizers

For a while there, it seemed like honeyquat smelled like dead plastic fish and I couldn’t use it in anything, even things that had loads of fragrance in it. I’m happy to report that the version I have from Lotioncrafter smells like…well, nothing, which is a good thing. When it comes to using alcohol in...

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It’s too hot to craft: Peppermint & chamomile cooling spray

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably already know how much I hate the heat and how much I love cooling sprays. I love to create these combinations of humectants and film formers and things that make my skin less angry with the world during the summer. So let’s take...

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Weekend Wonderings: How can I get my polysorbate 20 creations clear?

In this post, Using polysorbates in our products, Jennifer asked: In making a room spray &/or bug spray I can’t figure out the ratio to help my product not be so milky. I’ve been using a 1:1 ration essential oils/polysorbate 20. Does anybody have a suggestion on a better ratio for a more clear product?...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can we add carrier oils to cleansers?

In this post, Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it Wednesday: Sea kelp extract, Carmit80 asks: For foaming cleansers I see you don’t add any carrier oils as an emollient. Would this be possible or even effective? Would l we then need to add the emulsifiers? Thanks! There...

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Weekday Wonderings: Can I use a solubilizer after making something with oils?

Thanks so much for supporting the blog by visiting! I can see a rise in the stats and comments already, and I appreciate it! Also, thank you for supporting us on Patreon! This month’s e-zine for subscribers will be about gels – carbomers, EMT 10, ZEN, xanthan gum, and more! I’ve been having great fun...

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Weekday Wonderings: Using solubilizers to produce fragrance or room sprays

Sorry for the silence. It’s been a difficult week as my mom’s health isn’t great at the moment, and it’s kept me away from the computer. Thanks for your patience! In this post, Caprol Micro Express, Sandra asks: I made a spray by using CMB but I found the spray was turned cloudy when the room...

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Weekend Wonderings: Using the FAQ and newbies’ section to get information. Is polysorbate 20 less sticky than polysorbate 80? How should polysorbate 80 smell?

Just a quick reminder that the FAQ and the Newbies’ section of the blog contain a lot of information that might interest you. I would say that fully half of the questions I see in e-mail and comments could be easily answered with a quick trip to the FAQ. I don’t get a lot of...

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Weekend Wonderings: So many comments! (Part two)

A tip for the day: If you don’t have all the ingredients for a product on the blog, try searching for another recipe for that product. For instance, if you want to make a toner but don’t have the extract I mention, try searching for another toner recipe to see if there’s one that doesn’t...

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