Montanov 68 as the emulsifier. As we learned last week, this emulsifier creates a liquid crystal emulsion, which can be a good thing for delivering actives to our skin and reducing transepidermal water loss.
I decided to use this emulsifier with a lotion recipe I've made many times, this pumpkin seed oil recipe. I have made it with LotionPro 165 and tried to make it with Olivem 1000 as well. I figured that I should only change one ingredient, that being the emulsifier, to give me the chance to compare.
PUMPKIN SEED OIL LOTION WITH MONTANOV 68
HEATED WATER PHASE
63% distilled water
2% silk amino acids
HEATED OIL PHASE
4% Montanov 68
2% cetyl alcohol
21% oils - 7% pumpkin seed, 8% rice bran oil, and 6% evening primrose oil
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% Vitamin E
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
1% fragrance oil
How did I like this recipe? It was shiny on my skin, but not too shiny. It was a tiny bit sticky, but not excessive. It feels like it sinks in well, but left a light layer of oil on my skin. Putting it on, there was a really long play time, which is the time it takes to rub the lotion into my skin. I wrote "very glidy" on my notes. It didn't feel waxy at all, and the lotion itself felt soft.
If I compare it to the one with Polawax, it was much lighter and not as waxy. If I compare it to the one with Lotionpro 165, I would say it was quite similar. I think the Lotionpro was much lighter.
I asked Beth to tell me what she thought. She said she liked it for her face and body - she found she didn't break out and she has acne prone skin - but for her hands as the oil seemed to sit the on the surface. (That's what I thought, too!)
cosmeceuticals, actives, extracts, and other fancy things, and create an awesome facial product! May I suggest this, though? Make sure you preserve it well. Use your preservative at the maximum possible and, if you're using a "natural" preservative like Leucidal, double up with another preservative to be on the safe side!
Join me tomorrow for more fun formulating!