Lotioncrafter a while ago, but I'm finally getting around to playing with it, and it seemed like a great inclusion in the Why the heck did I buy this? series of posts!
Lotionpro 165 is an all-in-one non-ionic emulsifier based on the HLB system used in our heated oil phase to emulsify water and oil together to creation lotions and other emulsified products. It has an HLB value of about 11.2. (You don't need to know this in order to use it, but it's helpful information.)
It's known as an emulsifier that can emulsify large amounts of oil even when using small amounts. The usage is 1% to 5%, with 2.5% to 5% suggested for 20% to 30%. It offers great stability with AHAs and BHAs (acids), so it would be a good choice for moisturizers. It comes in small white flakes, and we add it to the heated oil phase of your product. Its melting point is at 54˚C to 60 ˚C (129˚F to 140˚F), so make sure you heat and hold your oil phase at over that amount to ensure that it is completely melted when you combine the heated oil and heated water phase.
In my experience, this emulsifier tends to make lighter and fluffier lotions than those made with Polawax, even when used at the same amount. (Your experience may vary!) I have found it feels less waxy than products I've made with Polawax or Ritamulse SCG. It's not a greasy feeling emulsifier, but it definitely doesn't feel as dry and powdery as Incroquat BTMS-50.
Jen at Lotioncrafter has created a lovely body butter using this ingredient. I can't recommend this recipe enough!
Lotionpro 165 goes under a series of different names, but I suggest knowing the INCI when going to look for it at your supplier.
Join me tomorrow as we take a look at a lotion recipe with this new emulsifier!