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Formulating with Natural Solubilizers & Essential Oils: Expert Tips

Belinda Carli – Nov 17, 2016

Natural solubilizerUndoubtedly, making a product greener is always a good idea to start with. But, one may find getting high standards of performance difficult, while formulating natural formulations including essential oils with Natural Solubilizers.

Selecting Right Solubilizers

Solubilizer is a class of ingredient generally used to incorporate oil-based ingredient into a water-based product.

Not one solubilizer can solubilize all the essential oils. Every solubilizer has its own compatibility with different ingredients used in the formulations.

Also, the end product to be synthesized has a significant role in deciding the appropriate solubilizer. The key is to prepare lab samples to check the suitability of the required application.

Factors affecting the selection of Solubilizers include:

  • Company philosophy
  • Certifier requirements
  • Essential oil used

Formulating Products with Natural Solubilizers

The most basic problem faced by formulators while creating a new product is to have a soluble blend of all the ingredients. However, the problem gets even worst when the product is subjected to

  • Temperature Variations
  • [pH] Variations
  • Incorporation of new ingredients

Among the class of solubilizers, this article concentrates on some well-known solubilizers widely used in Industrial Applications. Shown below is a table of solubilizers with their vast applications in the cosmetics.

Industrial Application
Moisturizers, Sunscreens, Anti-ageing
OramixCG 110
Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside
Cleansing and Foaming agent
Lamesoft OD
Coco-Caprylate , Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin , Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
Body-Creams, Shower oils, Gentle cleansers
Cocoyl Proline

Fragrances for Toiletries
Napture sol
Glycerin, sucrose laurate, sucrose dilaurate, sucrose trilaurate, sorbitol
Soaps, Creams, Make-up Removers

Need to know more about the compatibility of the above listed solubilizers with essential oils in varying stressed conditions? Watch this video by Belinda Carli, Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science. Here she introduces various natural solubilizers in the market. Having treated them under stressed conditions, she makes a comparison based on performance between natural solubilizers and industry standard synthetic solubilizers.

1 Comments on "Formulating with Natural Solubilizers & Essential Oils: Expert Tips"
Teresita M Sep 22, 2017
This information is very helpful.

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