As an irony for vegetarians, most Emulsifiers which are not vegetable based are produced from pig fats. So even if you avoid eating pig fat, you will absorb it from cosmetics. The only way to avoid this is to make the Creams yourself. The declaration regulations don't require manufacturers to declare the source of the emulsifiers, just their chemical names, and you can't always tell from these if they are from pig fats or not. So, if you're vegetarian or want to avoid pig fat for religious or other reasons, you won't know what's in the cream, unless you can trust the source.
There are just a few officially qualified organic Emulsifiers in the market so to claim creams are 100% organic is misleading. There are ingredients that come close but are still not organic. The true picture is much more complex and requires a good understanding of raw materials. Some raw materials that are currently used in commercial skin care products and cosmetics need to be avoided.
To make a Cream or Lotion it is necessary to use an Emulsifier. Mixing oil with water is not possible without using Emulsifiers. They enable two usually non-mixable ingredients to mix together to produce Creams and Lotions; or in the food industry, margarine and mayonnaise. We believe an Emulsifier should be sourced from natural ingredients such as vegetable oils and other vegetable-based raw materials. Unfortunately, Nature provides us with only a few Emulsifiers such as lecithin and egg yolk and these don't always perform consistently enough for commercially available cosmetics products.
The best ones for natural skin care products have up to now been derived from coconut oil and palm oil. More recently, rapeseed has been used as a lot of this crop is grown in Europe. They are safe to work with and are even used in the food industry. VE and MF emulsifiers are used as emulsifiers in the production of vegan ice cream in Scandinavia. Aromantic's VE Emulisfier is produced from palm oil and our MF Emulsifier is now produced from rapeseed and palm oil. MF was formerly produced from coconut and palm oil. They can be eaten and are very safe to use. The palm oil is from a sustainable source approved by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
We are also very excited about Sucragel AOF Bio (Organic), which we introduced in 2009 as Cold Emulsifier (Organic) - probably the first in the world for cosmetics.