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Emulsifiers

What are they?

Emulsifiers are surfactants which contain both a hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water fearing) element. Emulsifiers are therefore attracted to both oil and water.

Why do I need one?

You’ll need an emulsifier in your cosmetic product if it contains water and oil. These liquids which famously do not mix together will be bound together by the polyamorous properties of the emulsifier.

Which should I choose?

This very much depends on personal preference and the product you’re intending to create. Some are single emulsifiers whilst some are blends of multiple emulsifying agents.  Some will have a creamier texture, some will be soap-like. Some are natural, or naturally derived. You may need to experiment to find the most suitable option that works for your recipe.

    Anything else I need to know?

    They often contain a fatty alcohol that will enhance the thickening and stabilising properties of the emulsion. In some cases you may want to consider adding extra thickening/stabilising agents alongside your emulsifier.

    Durosoft PG4-O (Durosoft SF)

    Durosoft PG4-O (Durosoft SF)

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    Durosoft PG4-O is a naturally-derived liquid emulsifier; ideal for using in bath & shower oils, wash-off cleansing oils / balms and more.    D...

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    OliveM 1000

    OliveM 1000

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    INCI name Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate. What is OliveM 1000? It is a natural, vegetable-based PEG-free emulsifier and thickener derived f...

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    Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol / Ceteareth 20)

    Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol / Ceteareth 20)

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      INCI name Cetearyl alcohol, Ceteareth-20 What is Emulsifying Wax? It is a vegetable-based emulsifier derived from plant-based alcohols and deriva...

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    Cetyl Alcohol Beads

    Cetyl Alcohol Beads

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    Cetyl Alcohol is a well-proven and safe emulsifier/stabiliser that does not go rancid. It has also been used in creams in place of beeswax, which c...

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    Vegetal Emulsifier

    Vegetal Emulsifier

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    Vegetal (Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol) is a natural emulsifier cream base which derives from corn. It mimics the lipids on the skin whic...

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    MF Emulsifier (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate)

    MF Emulsifier (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate)

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    A fail-safe, vegetable-based emulsifier for creams & lotions. This emulsifier is made from sustainably sourced raw materials and is used togeth...

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    VE Emulsifier (Glyceryl Stearate) Sale

    VE Emulsifier (Glyceryl Stearate)

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    This product has been reduced, as the recommended BBE for our current batch is 31/07/24Short dates don't mean you can't make the most of a great pr...

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    Polysorbate 20

    Polysorbate 20

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    Polysorbate 20 is a liquid emulsifier that helps combine water and oil. It acts as a solubiliser, allowing fragrance and essential oils to bind wit...

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    Stearic Acid Sold out

    Stearic Acid

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    Stearic Acid is a vegetable derived emulsifier that has a variety of uses. It has excellent thickening properties and can be used to help prevent p...

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    GMCY-Glyceryl Caprylate

    GMCY-Glyceryl Caprylate

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    GMCY (Glyceryl Caprylate) consists of a single active ingredient, produced using nothing but plant material. Glyceryl monoesters are recognised as ...

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    Sucrose Ester Gel AOF Bio (Organic)

    Sucrose Ester Gel AOF Bio (Organic)

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    Our eco-friendly 'wonder' product is 100% natural, organic and fabulously versatile! 94% organically certified, 100% natural and COSMOS-approved, S...

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