Rich Rose and Baobab Body Cream

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Today I was inspired to make a body cream.  Instead of using montanov 68 I created a blend made with cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside in the hope that there would be no soapy residue when rubbing in, as is the tendency with these types of natural emulsifiers.

I used over 20% for the oil phase as with lamellar crystals, to get a thick cream you need >20%.  I stabilised the water phase with xanthan gum.  Other ingredients I used were:

Jojoba oil - technically a wax, this light oil has a fairly long shelf life and nice compatibility with most skin types.

Sweet almond oil - this is a more oily oil - it adds a nice slip to the cream and allows for a little more play time.

bis-2-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate - this is very very similar in texture and stickiness to lanolin.  I mean it is very sticky and occlusive and moisturising without the smell.  

Cetearyl alcohol - Some fatty alcohols are needed in here. They act as a co emulsifier and a thickening agent and will help create the lamellar structure.

Sunflower seed oil - this a nice addition as it is quite a dry oil with a fairly long shelf life.

Baobab oil - rich in a multitude of vitamins and minerals and minerals.

Isoamyl laurate - this esterified oil is a an extremely light addition to any product; a natural alternative to cyclomethicone. It is a polar oil that disappears fast on the skin adding to an improved skin feel.

Frankincense, rose and rose geranium, our essential oils are a good choice for dry and dehydrated skin and smell great together.

The cream I made today has the following ingredient list not in any particular order:

Aqua,Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil,  Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, cetearyl glucoside,  bis-2-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate (vegan lanolin) ,  Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, Isoamyl laurate, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) oil, glycerin, aqua,  xanthan gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbic Acid, rosa centifolia, boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract. 

I am going to do some quick tests to see that it is stable and probably add it to our formulas. Bex xoxo