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Formulating with Polymeric Emulsifiers for Sensory Benefits

Belinda Carli – Oct 1, 2018

TAGS:  Skin Care    

Polymeric Emulsifiers The personal care products are evolving constantly. Thus, to keep pace with the advance trends in cosmetic ingredients – the actives used, need to be not just effective, but multi-functional as well to take your formulations to the next level.

This kind of multi-functionality is offered by polymeric emulsifiers used today. They have a lot to offer to the formulations other than just emulsifying and stabilizing benefits. A great interest has been seen in creating an elegant sensory effect in small loading to enhance the efficiency of the formulations to multiple times.

Are you looking for such all-in-one polymeric solutions? Find out here some innovative emulsions for your next hot cosmetic formulation.
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Before that, let’s understand the role of polymeric emulsifiers in cosmetics.



Polymeric Emulsifiers in Cosmetics


Polymer emulsifiers comprise a class of chemical compounds featuring easy-to-use, multifunctional, synthetic or natural origin polymers, which have got emulsifying and thickness properties. Common examples include:

  • Acrylate/C10-30 alkylacrylate cross-polymer
  • Carbomer
  • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC)

These type of emulsifiers result in exceptional stability to oil-in-water emulsions at very low usage level (0.1%). Polymeric emulsifiers can be used with oil or water phase and provide exceptional sensory properties to cosmetics formulation.

Formulating with Polymer Emulsifier and Sensory Properties


To design a cosmetics formulation, one of the important factors is to know the feel given by each ingredient. For example, the alkyl groups of oils and surfactants have a direct impact. The properties of the alkyl groups are the key factors in designing the feel of cosmetics, and it is therefore, important to understand the chemical and physical properties.

To know more about polymeric emulsifiers and sensory properties, watch this video by Belinda Carli, the Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science. Here, she shares quick tips to formulate with natural and synthetic polymer emulsifiers available in market. She also provides practical guidance to enhance skin feel of a cosmetic formulation containing these polymeric emulsifiers.



This article was first published on September 27, 2016 and was revised on October 1, 2018



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