I have had lots of questions, about how to make the formula thicker and less greasy.
So I put together this article as a guide, for creating a thick, smooth emollient cream, use up to 15% butters in your formula.
Don’t just follow one recipe get creative, you can easily alter the texture of a formula yourself.
For instance if you don’t want an oily body butter cream, substitute your heavier oils like Macadamia or avocado for lighter drier oils Rice bran is a good example a nice rich oil that is a little drier.
Reduce your butter to around 10% and use a less greasy butter.
- Shea is going to give you a rich, thick butter, that is quite greasy
- Mango will give you a drier texture and won’t be as greasy
- Cocoa butter
- Beeswax helps to make a good barrier cream, ideal if you are looking for a heavy duty hand cream
Ideally you will want to use a thickener in your body butters, stearic acid will give you a thick heavy cream, ideal for a foot cream, it will help to keep the product on the skin for longer.
Cetyl alcohol will give your formulas more slip and glide.
I will sometimes use IPM as this increases the absorbency of the oils, however you only want to use a small amount as this can make your product quite dry.
It may be a good idea to read the some of the articles on oils in skincare, which may help you to get a feel of the different types of oils, and how they work on the skin.