I attended another course yesterday. As I want to make a natural, organic, vegan range, I need a high percentage of my ingredients to be organic. My course was all about organic emulsifiers. You need to use an emulsifier when making creams and lotions to bond the oils and the water together, Until yesterday I have been making my products, although using organic oils the emulsifiers haven’t been. Now I can make products with organic oils and an organic emulsifier.
The organic emulsifier is call Sucragel. Sucragel Was specifically made to produce a stable emulsion using cold processing.
This is what Sucragel looks like.
It is made from (INCI: Glycerin & Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil & Sucrose Laurate & Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water).
It comes in 4 grades, the first 3 being formulated to work with synthetic oils, Which I won’t be using as I’m all about nature and natural. Only the sucragel AOF Bio and sucragel AOF Bio organic have been specially formulated to use with vegetable oils, the natural oils. I will use this in my products. The AOF BIO version is certified by the Soil Association and EcoCert so is considered “natural”.
Sucragel AOF Bio organic has Been complex to design but that makes it simple and elegant to work with which I found yesterday. It makes creams and lotions have a gorgeous finish. The process can be lengthy and tiring. I defiantly felt I worked my mixing muscles yesterday. When making a product with sucragel You have to take your time adding your oils a little at a time, as to allow the ingredients to bond. Heat is needed when emulsifying. Sucragel doesn’t need heat. As you’re not using heat this emulsifier is defiantly a winner with me. I like to use a variety of different polyunsaturated vegetable oils,
Kiwi seed oil,
Chia seed oil,
Evening primrose oil,
to name a few
These tend to have the most natural benefits (vitamin, mineral content.) These oils are all heat sensitive. Other emulsifiers need a high heat to bond the oil and water to make the cream/lotion, which will destroy the oils.
Using Sucragel as an emulsifier and not needing heat work for me, Now I can keep all my ingredients cold. Enabling me to use the polyunsaturated oil without destroying the nutrients.
Sucragel isn’t great for making thick creams. As I am working on a baby range, babies don’t need thick, rich creams. I am wanting to create thinner lotions. Sucragel is perfect for my intended use.
Now to move forward, and formulate my new recipes using sucragel emulsifier.
We made A Cleansing Scrub, Coco Body butter, Day face cream, Eye serum and Spray body lotion.
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