Formulating Lotions, Creams, Moisturizers, and Butters

We're all trying to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that could cause disease.  Frequent handwashing and sanitizing are the best ways to achieve this but they can leave skin feeling dry and may cause cracking, leading to other skin issues. Adding moisture back to the skin is crucial.

Are you making or formulating hand nourishing and moisturizing products? We have an extensive list of ingredients for hand and body lotions, creams, ointments, moisturizers, and butters formulations.

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Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers allow a homogenous mixture to keep oil and water from separating in a formulation.

Emollients

Emollients deliver unique attributes such as elegant skin feel, maximum after-feel, and non-greasy after-feel to name a few.

    Product INCI Name Features & Benefits
    Ceraphyl™ 28 Cetyl Lactate
    • Enhances slip
    • Increases pay-off
    • Non-oily, non-drying, non-greasy after-feel
    • Imparts sheen and silkiness to skin
    • Reduces tack
    Ceraphyl™ 31 Lauryl Lactate
    • Plasticizing and de-tackifying agent
    • Highly effective emolliency with lubricity
    • Improves product slip upon application
    Ceraphyl™ 41 C12-15 Alkyl Lactate
    • Effective de-tackifying agent
    • Spreads easily when applied
    • Dry initial feel with non-oily after-feel
    • Provides viscosity building and lather creaminess to body washes
    • Effective solubilizer for sunscreen actives
    Ceraphyl™ 50 Myristyl Lactate
    • Imparts soft, silky feel on skin with non-oily after-feel
    • Imparts lubricity
    • Provides creamy texture to lipsticks
    Ceraphyl™ 140 Decyl Oleate
    • Excellent spreadability with dry initial feel
    • Very little residual after-feel
    Ceraphyl™ 140A Isodecyl Oleate
    • Excellent spreadability with dry initial feel
    • Drier feel than Ceraphyl 140 due to branching
    • Very little residual after-feel
    Ceraphyl™ 230 Diisopropyl Adipate
    • Effective plasticizer and de-tackifier
    • Reduces greasiness of high-oil products
    • Spreads rapidly
    • Imparts dry initial feel with little to no residual after-feel
    • Coupling agent for hydroalcoholic preparations
    Ceraphyl™ ICA Isocetyl Alcohol
    • Non-occlusive
    • Unique dry initial feel with non-greasy after-feel
    • Acts as a coupler for mineral oil and castor oil
    • Excellent carrier and extender for fragrance oils
    Ceraphyl™ SLK Isodecyl Neopentanoate
    • Imparts light, non-greasy feel
    • Silky touch
    • Reduces oily, heavy feel of other ingredients
    Ceraphyl™ 368 Ethylhexyl Palmitate
    • Non-occlusive
    • Imparts light, non-greasy feel
    • Clearer and higher viscosity than Ceraphyl™ 368M
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    Ceraphyl™ 368M Ethylhexyl Palmitate
    • Non-occlusive
    • Imparts light, non-greasy feel
    • Hazier and lower viscosity than Ceraphyl™ 368
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    Ceraphyl™ 494 Isocetyl Stearate
    • All-purpose lubricant
    • Imparts dry, emollient feel
    Ceraphyl™ 424 Myristyl Myristate (and) Myristyl Laurate
    • Enhances spreadability and reduces drag upon product application
    • Velvety after-feel on skin
    • Liquifies upon contact with the body
    Ceraphyl™ 55 Octyldodecyl Steroyl Stearate
    • Imparts elegant, light, non-oily feel
    • Reduces tack of other emollients
    Ceraphyl™ 375 Tridecyl Neopentanoate
    • Improves product spreadability and playtime
    • Imparts elegant, light, non-oily feel
    Ceraphyl™ ODS Isostearyl Neopentanoate
    • Imparts dry initial feel, luxurious mid-feel with a silky after-feel
    • Enhances product spreadability
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    Ceraphyl™ 791 Octyldodecyl Stearate
    • Imparts dry initial feel with lubricious after-feel
    • Long-lasting emollient
    • Little to no odor
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    Ceraphyl™ 847 Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate
    • High-branched ester
    • Offers dry initial feel with long-lasting cushiony, rich after-feel
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    Emulsynt™ GDL Glyceryl Dilaurate
    • Offers smooth, silky, dry, emollient skin feel
    • Liquifies when applied to the body
    • 🌳 100% Natural
    Orchid Complex™ OS Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    (and) Cymbidium Grandiflorum
    Flower Extract
    • Offers smooth, light, silky after-feel
    • Enhances product spreadability
    • COSMOS validated
    • 🌳 Nature-derived

Lipid Lamellar Gel Systems

ProLipid™ lamellar gels provide a second skin effect, mimicking the unique lamellar organization of stratum corneum lipids. They can improve the sensory aesthetics for a better skin feel.

    Product INCI Name Features & Benefits
    ProLipid™ 141 Glyceryl Stearate (and) Behenyl
    Alcohol (and) Palmitic Acid (and)
    Stearic Acid (and) Lecithin (and)
    Lauryl Alcohol (and) Myristyl
    Alcohol (and) Cetyl Alcohol
    • Moisturizes and promotes healthy skin
    • Delivery system for actives and particulates
    • Provides slightly drier rubout with shorter playtime
    • Masks undesirable sensory properties, such as oiliness
    • Provides pollution shielding
    • Compatible over wide pH range
    • 🌳 100% Natural
    ProLipid™ 151 Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetyl
    Alcohol (and) Stearyl Alcohol
    (and) Behenyl Alcohol (and)
    Palmitic Acid (and) Stearic Acid
    (and) Hydroxyethyl,
    Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride
    • Moisturizes and promotes healthy skin
    • Contains a conditioning agent with great skin feel
    • Delivery system for actives and particulates
    • Provides slightly drier rubout with shorter playtime
    • Masks undesirable sensory properties, such as oiliness
    • Compatible over wide pH range
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    ProLipid™ 161 Behenyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl
    Alcohol (and) Hydroxyethyl,
    Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride
    • Composed of vegetal-based amphiphilic compounds
    • Enhances formulation texture and stability
    • Provides moisturization and conditioning
    • Binder/thickener and opacifying agent
    • Substantive over a broad pH range
    • 🌳 Nature-derived

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Moisturizers and Lubricants

These moisturizers and lubricants deliver clinically proven moisturization as well as lubricity and texture range to create an engaging sensory experience.

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Thickeners

These rheology modifiers offer a variety of benefits while building viscosity in body care formulations.
    Product INCI Name Features & Benefits
    PrimaFlo™ MP3295A Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
    • Effective thickening where salts are ineffective
    • Ability to create clear formulations
    • Can be post-added to adjust viscosity
    • Ability to reduce production time
    PolySurf™ 67 CS Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose
    • Imparts slip and lubricity
    • Thickening of glucoside surfactants
    • Stable over broad pH range 3.5 - 11.0
    • Coemulsification properties help to stabilize emulsion systems
    • 🌳 Nature-derived
    RapiThix™ A-60 Sodium Polyacrylate (and)
    Hydrogenated Polydecene
    (and) Trideceth-6
    • Easy-to-use emollient-based dispersion
    • Provides soft, smooth feel
    • Can be post-added to adjust viscosity after emulsion forms and cools
    RapiThix™ A-100 Sodium Polyacrylate
    • Fully active white powder offering greater formulation flexibility
    • Provides soft, smooth feel
    • No pre-set oil phase
    • Makes oil-free systems possible
    • High-solids content for higher efficiency
    Stabileze™ QM PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer
    • Excellent thickening/gelation
    • Shear-thinning
    • Formulates into clear products
    • Effective over wide pH range 3.0 - 11.0
    • Imparts exceptional skin feel
    UltraThix™ P-100 Acrylic Acid/VP Crosspolymer
    • Water-resistant formulations
    • Reduces greasy feel of high oil phase emulsions
    • Dry film on skin is smooth
    • Shear-thinning with short playtime
    • Emulsion stabilizer
    • Compatible with metal oxides
    • Suspension aid
    • Reduces tack

Water Resistant Agents

Water Resistant Agents are film formers that provide effective water and wear resistance properties.

    Product INCI Name Features & Benefits
    Advantage™ Plus VA/Butyl Maleate/Isobornyl
    Acrylate Copolymer
    • Increases water-resistance
    • Delivers a low-shine finish on skin
    Allianz™ OPT Acrylates/C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate
    Copolymer
    • Water-resistant agent for W/S, W/O and O/W systems
    • allows formulation of low viscosity sprayable lotions
    • Cold processable
    Ganex™ V-216 VP/Hexadecene Copolymer
    • Hydrophobic
    • Provides water-resistance
    • Moisture barrier properties
    Ganex™ V-220
    Ganex™ V-220F
    VP/Eicosene Copolymer
    • Hydrophobic
    • Provides water-resistance
    • Improves stick integrity
    • Excellent film-formation
    Ganex™ WP-660 Triacontanyl PVP
    • Hydrophobic
    • Excellent water- and wear-resistance
    • Excellent film-formation

Preservatives

These are preservatives approved for leave-on applications as needed for lotions, creams, moisturizers, ointments, and body butters.

    Product INCI Name Features & Benefits
    Optiphen™
    Optiphen™ 200
    Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol
    • Broad-spectrum activity against bacteria, yeast and mold
    • Effective over pH of 4 to 8
    • Global use
    Optiphen™ Plus Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid
    • Broad-spectrum activity against bacteria, yeast and mold
    • Ideal for slightly acidic personal care products
    • Effective pH range up to 6.0
    • Global use
    Optiphen™ BSP Phenoxyethanol (and) Propylene Glycol (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Sorbic Acid
    • Microbiostatic spectrum of activity against bacteria, mold and yeast
    • Effective up to pH 5.4
    • Global use
    Optiphen™ ND Phenoxyethanol (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Dehydroacetic Acid
    • Microbiostatic spectrum of activity against bacteria, mold and yeast
    • Effective up to pH 6.4
    • Global use
    NEOLONE™ PH-100 Phenoxyethanol
    • High-purity, single-active
    • Effective control of a broad spectrum of bacteria, especially Gram-negative bacteria
    • Excellent stability over a wide pH and temperature range
    • Outstanding performance when used in combination with a broad range of preservatives and fungicides
    • Globally approved as a preservative for cosmetics
    Optiphen™ DP Propylene Carbonate (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Propanediol
    • Microbiostatic spectrum of activity, in some formulations additional booster is needed
    • Effective up to pH 6.0
    • Global use
    • Cost efficient preservative based on uncontroversial ingredients
    • Optimized delivery system without alcoholic antimicrobials
    Optiphen™ DLP Propylene Carbonate (and) Dehydroacetic Acid
    • Antifungal boosting activity at low levels; full antimicrobial spectra at high levels
    • Effective up to pH 6.4
    • Global use
    • Cost efficient preservative based on nature identical active ingredient
    • Optimized delivery system without alcoholic antimicrobials
    Optiphen™ BSB-W Benzyl Alcohol (and) Aqua (Water) (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate
    • Effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast and mold
    • Effective up to pH 5.4
    • Global use
    • Nature-identical combination
    • COSMOS compliant
    Optiphen™ BSB-N Benzyl Alcohol (and) Glycerin (and) Benzoic Acid (and) Sorbic Acid
    • Effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeast and mold
    • Effective up to pH 5.4
    • Global use
    • Nature-identical combination
    • COSMOS validated
    Conarom™ B Phenylpropanol (and) Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract
    • Antimicrobial ingredients show a broad spectrum of activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi, and yeast
    • Adds a gentle fragrance to end products
    Conarom™ P Phenethyl Alcohol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Trideceth-8
    • Mild rose-like aroma
    • Aromatic ingredient that provides broad-spectrum protection
    • Complements aroma of final product
    • Effective pH range 4 - 8
    Conarom™ P-2 Phenethyl Alcohol (and) Caprylyl
    Glycol (and) Propanediol (and)
    Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate
    (and) Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate/
    Caprate (and) Aqua (Water)
    • Mild rose-like aroma, containing naturally derived and nature identical ingredients
    • Aromatic ingredient that provides broad-spectrum protection
    • Complements aroma of final product
    • Effective pH range 4 - 8

Sample Formulations

    Hand and Body Lotion


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