Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in body butters

Sunflower oil is a great addition to a body butter thanks to the - oh no, she's going to mention it again!!! - linoleic acid, which helps speed up skin's barrier repair mechanisms and reduces transepidermal water lossoleic acid, which moisturizes and softens; and phytosterols, which reduce inflammation and itching.

As I've just covered this subject in the One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 series, I won't go into graphic detail about making body butters. I will, however, offer a few suggestions for how to modify this recipe!

I like to make a body butter with all sunflower oil and shea butter, but this will result in a more greasy feeling product. You could reduce the greasiness with 2% IPP or IPM, or choose another butter, like mango butter. Having said this, if you make this product with either Incroquat BTMS-50 or Ritamulse SCG, you will have a more powdery, less greasy feeling product

If you want more information on how to make this product, please check out the Newbie Tuesday body butter post with instructions and general information.

BASIC BODY BUTTER RECIPE
HEATED WATER PHASE
61.5% water
3% humectant

HEATED OIL PHASE
10% oils
15% butter
3% cetyl alcohol
6% Incroquat BTMS-50 or 7% Polawax or 8% e-wax

COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil

Check out this very detailed post on how to make this product!

As a note, for any recipe you find calling for another emulsifier - Polawax, e-wax, Ritamulse SCG, and so on - you can substitute Incroquat BTMS-50 at the same amount. You can even reduce it, but that takes a bit of knowledge of how thick the product is in the first place. For any emulsifier - except Ritamulse SCG - just substitute it 1:1 for the emulsifier. So if you see 6.5% emulsifier in the recipe, use 6.5% Incroquat BTMS-50. I generally use Ritamulse SCG at 8% of a recipe, but that's a bit high for Incroquat BTMS-50 and will leave you with a really really thick product. You might like that, so keep that level if you wish, but my suggestion is to go with 6% and add 2% to the distilled water amount to compensate.

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Other posts in this series:
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in body oils
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in blooming or dispersing bath oils
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in lotion bars
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in emulsified scrubs
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in a zinc oxide cream
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in a whipped butter
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in an oil based scrub

Join me tomorrow for more fun formulating with sunflower oil!

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