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I am a beginner!! I have made face creams using beeswax, lanolin, oil and water. The creams are too thick and the water tends to separate. What ingredients can I use that will create a light-textured moisturiser? Are there any good recipes? Perhaps glycerin?


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Good Morning jrl, and you sound as if you're suffering from the sort of frustrations I had when I started to experiment with handmade products - excellent in principle, but practically the ingredients don't want to behave themselves accordingly. The problem is that water and oil don't mix of course and so have to be held together like a couple of argumentative children by their teacher. I'm sure you've made French dressing for salad, well the principle's the same. By using mustard, salt and a touch of sugar as emulsifiers, the oil and vinegar are kept combined - for a while. I think you'd get a tremendous amount of practical information, satisfaction and pleasure from Donna Maria's book, 'making aromatherapy creams and lotions' published by Storey Books. You'll find 101 formulas there ranging from wonderful buttery creams and custards to delicate emulstions and splashes. With creams, custards, and lotions, the ratio of lipid base to aqueous base varies - the more fat is involved in the form of either liquid oils or solid fats such as shea butter, Illipe butter, beeswax etc., the thicker the product will be - and vice versa. Donna Maria recommends a basis of 30% fat to 60% water for a basic cream and then the remaining 10% is used for thickeners and emulsifiers. You can of course add essential oils and other aromatic extracts and herbal extracts too at around 10-30 drops per 100g of product. I 've had great success with a range around this basic formula and 20% fats and 70% hydrosols and/or herbal tinctures with the 10% emulsifiers gives a very satisfying lotion. Beeswax isn't really a particularly effective emulsifier when compared with Acacia gum, Tragacanth gum, Xanthan gum or Cadelilla wax or vegetable eumisifying wax - but is improved with the addition of a small quantity of borax which also gives the end product an attractive sheen. If you use the gums, then remember that they will need to be added to the aqueous phase since they're water soluble. A really pleasing combo uses one of the gums added to the aqueous phase, and an emulsifying wax to the lipid base and then combine the both at the same temperature, whisking or stirring until both cool and combine. Lecithin may also be used as a lipid base emulsifier but go easy since like lanolin, too much can make the end product sticky and too think to be manageable. Hope this helps Best Carolyn


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Wow I think I have to take this seriously this is a good idea to make my own cream. mope post pls.
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