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Plant Based (& EcoCert) Emulsifiers

Okay, so we all know oil and water don't mix.  Just look what happens when we try to mix the two.

So, what do we need?  We need an emulsifier (or two)!

To make a lotion or cream, we have to use emulsifiers, and typically an emulsifier blend is necessary for stability.  We use both:

-traditional emulsifiers (follow the HLB system... don't worry, I'll cover that in a WAY future blog post - if you're curious before then, just e-mail me or check out hydrophile/lipophile balance on my beloved Wikipedia)

-liquid crystal emulsifiers

          without emulsifier                              with emulsifier

So, what emulsifiers will you find in these products?

Glyceryl stearate also known as glyceryl monostearate - Vegetable derived emulsifier.  Conforms to Ecocert, France standards of ecological and organic cosmetics. 

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate - Plant derived emulsifier.  This emulsifier conforms to Ecocert, France standards of ecological and organic cosmetics. 

Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate - Plant derived emulsifiers (made from olive oil).  These two emulsifiers both conform to Ecocert standards of ecological and organic cosmetics.  Together, these two ingredients create a liquid crystal, which is different than normal emulsifiers (I'll update this section later with a link to a blog post explaining the difference).  Liquid crystal formulations provide a more velvety skin feel than traditional emulsifiers.

Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate - Plant derived emulsifier.  This emulsifier is included in the Ceramide Complex mix we use.