Fabulous Face Cream

image of jar of fabulous face cream

Stage 1: (above 75°C)
8% Apricot Kernel Oil
5% Black Seed Oil
4% Vegetal
3% Avocado Oil

Stage 2: (above 75°C)
70% Boiling Spring Water
2% Glycerine

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Vitamin E
2% Coenzyme Q10 plus E
2% Wu Zhu Extract
1% Eco Marine Algae Extract
1% Preservative 12
100% Total
Grape Seed Oil
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Method:

  • Heat Stage 1 (fat stage) in a stainless steel bowl on a double boiler until the temperature is above 75°C. Add Stage 2 (water stage) ingredients into a stainless steel bowl in a double boiler until the temperature is above 75°C.
  • Pour Stage 1 into Stage 2 and use a stick blender (high shear) to emulsify the two stages. This will happen in just a few seconds so keep checking. Ensure the temperature is above 75°C. When you lift the stick blender out of the mixture, the mix running off the blender head should look like a thin cream. If it looks granular or like it is separating, it needs more high shear blending.
  • When it has emulsified, take it out of the double boiler and use a spatula to stir it whilst it is cooling down. You can use a cold water bath to speed up the cooling. Do not continue to use the stick blender as this will destroy the liquid crystal structure that the emulsification has formed.
  • When it is under 40°C, add the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients. Combine thoroughly, jar and label.


16 Responses

AROMANTIC LTD
AROMANTIC LTD

May 16, 2022

Thank you for your enquiry.

Please see the below response from our Research and Development Team;

“Water is always referred to by its INCI name which is Aqua.”

AROMANTIC LTD
AROMANTIC LTD

May 16, 2022

Thank you for your enquiry.

Please see the below response from our Research and Development Team;

“There are differences between bottled spring water and bottled mineral water. Bottled mineral has a higher mineral content than the bottled spring water.
Most bottled spring waters do not have such a high mineral content that it disrupts the efficacy of the preservative but any user should check the mineral content of their chosen bottled spring water before use.

Another reason to use bottled spring water is so that batch numbers can be recorded and traced if necessary.

In answer the question on Vitamin E in the recipe. No, 2% is not too much at all. 0.5% Vitamin E is sufficient to act as an antioxidant on the ingredients in the product but if you want the Vitamin E to also act as an antioxidant on the skin you use more.

The Vitamin E that is in the Coenzyme Q10 adds to the benefits of the Ubiquinone and is not there solely as an antioxidant. When Coenzyme Q10 is used in a product at the maximum usage rate of 4% it is only adding a very small amount of Vitamin E to the whole product and does not increase the percentage of Vitamin E to a point where it too would need to be protected by another form of antioxidant.

When we create these recipes that are given freely on our website we ALWAYS ensure that each ingredient is included within the proscribed limits as set out by the manufacturer for the specific purpose of that ingredient."

Marios Charalambous
Marios Charalambous

May 16, 2022

Why is boiling spring water used and not distilled? Springwater contains minerals that could inhibit the effectiveness of the preservative right? Also isn’t 2% Vitamin E (with 50% to 75% mixed tocopherols) too much in the formula? ..there is also vitamin some in coenzyme Q10. Please illuminate me.

Marios Charalambous
Marios Charalambous

May 16, 2022

What is the cosing name of ‘boiling spring water’?

Aromantic Team
Aromantic Team

April 26, 2022

Thank you for your enquiry.

Please see the below response from our Research and Development Team;

“There may be dermal limits for these essential oil isolates so we recommend you contact your cosmetic assessor for this advice.”

Marios Charalambous
Marios Charalambous

April 26, 2022

Can i add limonene, linalool turpenes in this cream and at what percentages? Customers love these 2 aromas and also geraniol.

AROMANTIC LTD
AROMANTIC LTD

December 14, 2021

Thank you for your enquiry.

Unfortunately we only use percentages as this is the most accurate method to use
when formulating.
Please follow the below link to visit our page on working with percentages;

https://www.aromantic.co.uk/blogs/frequently-asked-questions/how-to-work-with-percentages

Patti Richards
Patti Richards

December 14, 2021

Do you have recipes with actual quantities required rather than percentages?

Aromantic Team
Aromantic Team

August 18, 2021

Thank you for your enquiry.

As the recipe contains a preservative, it should give the finished product a shelf life of around 12 months.

Valdirene Aparecida Ghiotti
Valdirene Aparecida Ghiotti

August 18, 2021

Good evening! How long does it last after produced and packed?

Aromantic Team
Aromantic Team

June 02, 2021

Thank you for your enquiry.

Please see the below response from our Research and Development Team;

“The ingredients would not be direct swaps for each other. Wu Zhu gives a reflective illumination which makes the skin appear brightener whereas Skin Lightener is physically lightening the skin.

We have not tried the combination that you want, so we cannot guarantee it would work, but I think it may well remain stable. Do a small test sample first so that you can see for yourself how it behaves."

ILEANA
ILEANA

June 02, 2021

Good evening,

I have a question, please: as I don’t have the Wu Zhu extract, may I use 5% (or 3%) of Skin lightener instead?
I will adjust the water percentage but it would be great to know if the cream will remain stable.
Thank you, a lot for your wonderful work.

Kind regards,
Ileana

Angela Thompson
Angela Thompson

May 13, 2021

This looks fabulous!

Aromantic Team
Aromantic Team

April 28, 2021

Thank you for your comment.

Please see the below response from our Research and Development Team;

“It’s interesting what you have experienced and there are a few ideas you may want to try. The pharmacist’s statement about the cream being the cause 3 days after applying is a little naïve, to say the least.

Vegetal has a reputation for locking moisture into the skin over several hours – it’s actually one of its great selling points so that hardly seems possible to be the cause for how your skin reacted.

If you want to narrow it down and want to persevere, you could try making a Vegetal cream stripped back.
If you used;
Stage 1
20% vegetal oil that you know you are OK with
5% Vegetal
Stage 2
74% boiling spring water
Stage 3
1% preservative
100% total

That is as simple as a recipe can get and most people would find that moisturizing on their skin.
If that doesn’t suit you and you know you are usually OK with the oil you chose, then that means either the Vegetal or the preservative doesn’t suit you, and that can happen with any ingredient.

You could, as you said be intolerant of any one of the actives as well, but they would need to be added one at a time to see where the problem lies."

Tina
Tina

April 28, 2021

I was really excited to try this recipe to try Vegetal and ordered all the ingredients, but unfortunately it doesn’t work for my skin. It applies quite oily, but 6 hrs after applying my skin (and my partner’s!) feels very dry and needs more moisture. I also got contact dermatitis on the third day of using that my pharmacist put down to this cream. I’m wondering if I’m reacting to one of the Actives, as there are quite a lot of them in this cream. It definitely doesn’t put me off other recipes, just that this one doesn’t work for us.

Marios Charalambous
Marios Charalambous

September 14, 2020

Cream smells fabulous, absorbs immediately and leaves a bright skin full of nutrients. Modified it a bit with some exotic oils and used 5% appricot instead of 8% (+camelia, sea buckthorn, pomegrenate, geranium.) . Also sumsituted black seed oil for evening primrose oil as i did not have black seed oil. Well done Aromatic…THANK YOU.

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