What's The Deal With Emulsifiers

What's The Deal With Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers are the glue that binds water and oils together. Without them it would be pretty hard to have a stable product. Emulsifiers are vegetable based fatty alcohols that can be sourced from vegetable oils, soy oil, coconut oil, and sorbital. Emulsifiers can either come as a liquid or a solid ingredient. Today I am going to talk about a few common emulsifiers you can find in skin and hair products. 

Polysorbate 20,60, and 80

These emulsifiers come in a liquid form and they are humectants. Humectants are ingredients that pulls moisture from the air, so if you are prone to having frizzing hair I would stay away from this ingredients but keep in mind frizz means your hair is absorbing moisture, which is a good thing. They are conditioning agents for your skin and prevent moisture loss for your hair. They is sourced form vegetable oils and sorbital.

Stearyl Alcohol

This is a solid co-emulsifier, which means you have to combine it with another emulsifier in order to have a stable product that doesn't fall apart. It is sourced form Coconut Oil and vegetable oil. It is soluble in oils only, meaning when combing this ingredient to your formulation you would add it durning the oil phase to melt. 

Glyceryl Stearate

This is a solid emulsifier that can be used as a co-emulsifier or stand alone. It is a stabilizer and also a thickener and is sourced from Soy oil.

Sorbitan Oleate

Can be used as a stand alone or co-emulsifier and it is used as a humectant. It is a solid emulsifier and is sourced from sorbitol and oleic acid. 

Cetearyl Alcohol

Is a co-emulsifier and is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohol. It is sourced from coconut oil and vegetable oil. It has moisturising properties that are great for your skin and hair. 

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