You don't need to use the HLB system for all-in-one emulsifiers, Nicole asks: Can you help me out with a 'self emulsifying wax' I purchased which is listed as Glyceryl Stearate & Potassium Stearate (MSDS < 96 Glyceryl Stearate, < 7 Glycerine, < 3 Postassium Stearate). I thought his was an all in one self emulsifying wax, but it appears it is not. I suspect it is Glyceryl Stearate SE which suggests is best used as a thickener of lotions. Any suggestions on type of product I might be able to make with this? Even suggested usage rates would be helpful and will research possible formulas. I have emailed the company I purchased this from, but given they sold this to me as an 'all in one', I'm not expecting too much from their response. I was thinking I may be able to use this to thicken a water based foaming face cleanser which I will send a separate note on.
This is one of the reasons I suggest that when it comes to emulsifiers, we need to check what we have! This isn't an all in one emulsifier. Glyceryl stearate is a low HLB emulsifier (2.9) that has to be combined with a high HLB emulsifier, something like ceteareth-20 or one of the polysorbates, for example, to create an HLB system or all in one emulsifier. (I've written a post on it, which you can find here.) Here's an example of how to create an HLB emulsifier with the glyceryl stearate, but you could use any of the other examples in the HLB series to which I link below and substitute glyceryl stearate and your other emulsifier and do the math for it.
glycol distearate, so you can't use it in a foaming facial cleanser as an emollient and thickener, unless you're making an emulsified product with another HLB emulsifier. You can use it in lotions as a thickener, the way you'd use stearic acid or cetyl alcohol.
What could you make with it? Use it as an HLB emulsifier or a thickener. You could use it in something that is intended as a foot product - I like this foot lotion recipe, and you could remove 3% of the butter and replace it with glyceryl stearate, or this foot cream and replace the cetyl alcohol with glyceryl stearate - or you could use it in something you want to be a stiff cream. You could use it in something like this foot scrub bar as well.
As an aside, I wouldn't trust a supplier that couldn't give me information or wouldn't respond to my e-mails. A big part of choosing a supplier is choosing someone who supports and knows about their ingredients. If they can't be bothered doing that, I wouldn't be ordering from them again. Just my two cents...
HLB system - an introduction (start of a series)