Solid ivory white, waxy flakes with a very faint odour made from 100% plant materials. The fatty acids are taken from olives and are chemically very similar to the skin’s natural lipids.
It creates an Oil in Water (O/W) emulsion. When the emulsion is formed, it creates a liquid crystal structure that mimics the stratum corneum of the epidermis. This means the resulting emulsion penetrates the skin very easily.
As such, it can be classified as a moisturiser, as well as an emulsifier.
This non-ionic emulsifier is listed as 100% natural origin. It is PEG Free, not ethoxylated and readily biodegradable.
Use 3% to 5% as the sole emulsifier, but can be used at higher percentages with excellent results. It is more stable if 0.2% Xanthan Gum is added as a stabiliser to the emulsion.
Use 0.5% to 2% when used as a co-emulsifier.
Oil and water dispersible. It is heat stable, so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) and Stage 2 (water stage) when making creams and lotions. It melts at approximately 70°C.
It needs to be heated in either stage to 75°C or above to melt and disperse in the oils or water. Add the Stage 1 (fat stage) to the Stage 2 (water stage) and stir with a silicon spatula to ensure it is evenly dispersed. Stick blend for 30 seconds, keeping the blender at the bottom of the container. Let it stand for 1 minute, and then stick blend again for a further 30 seconds.
Once the emulsion has formed, it can be cooled in a cold water bath as the liquid crystal structure forms. Stir continuously while cooling. You may find it thickens up a little more in the following 24 hours after it has been put into the containers.
It works well in a wide pH range of 3 to 12 and is compatible with electrolytes like AHA and DHA.
It works well with Cosmetic Prebiotic for use in acne prone products and other active ingredients for anti-ageing products. The protective, cushioned feel it gives is especially useful.
The individual materials that make up Olivem® 1000 are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing)
Looks good, I haven’t used it yet but I have been experimenting with different ingredients since 1983 so I can see how useful this product could be
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