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.

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