liquid crystal emulsifier we can find at our suppliers. The INCI is cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside. It is an ECOcert emulsifiers. Its suggested usage is 1% to 5% in the oil phase, and I've seen it noted that we want to use about 25% oil phase in the product for best results.
How do we use this emulsifier? Heat and hold your oil to 76˚C for 20 minutes, then pour the water phase into the oil phase and stick blend until the emulsion forms. Switch to a mixer or something that stirs instead of the stick blender after the emulsion forms. (I've seen a hand whisk suggested!)
This emulsifier can handle extreme pH ranges - I've seen pH 3 to 12 suggested - and it is fine with cationic ingredients, like cationic polymers. And it forms liquid crystal emulsion, as per this paper.
Now that I have you all interested in this emulsifier, join me on Monday for my pumpkin seed oil recipe with Montanov 68!