[BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT MAKING THIS RECIPE, PLEASE READ THE UPDATE ON THIS POST HERE]
I am back with a new extra fast recipe for a silky silky body cream!!! 😀
The key ingredient of this recipe is Sodium Polyacrilate! (Wikipedia says: “also known as waterlock, is a sodium salt of polyacrylic acid with the chemical formula [-CH2-CH(COONa)-]n and broad application in consumer products. It has the ability to absorb as much as 200 to 300 times its mass in water.”)
IT IS ALMOST LIKE MAGIC!!! 😀
If you have ever made creams before, using thickening agents and emulsifiers which needed to be heated up to 70°C… you can forget about all the mess made by double boilers and having to check the temperature because nothing of this is needed!!! YAY 😀
This wonderful powder, at just 1%, is an amazing thickening agent and it emulsifies between 10% to 20% fats just by using a SPOON! It doesn’t need heating, it doesn’t need tricky mixing with an immersion mixer… just a spoon! It creates a cream with a light and silky feel…
I couldn’t believe it but… when I finally tried it, eventually I had to! 😀
The bad side about Sodium Polyacrilate is that it does not work fine with certain ingredients – mostly salts – like, for example, urea and sodium hyaluronate. So… bear this in mind if you want to make a recipe of your own and not follow mine! 😉
Also, I think (but this is my opinion and nothing stops you to use it otherwise) it is best for body creams rather than face creams: first of all for the fact that it needs a minimum of 10% fats and secondly because the silky feel on the skin of the face is a bit “too much” IMO. 😀
Now… ENOUGH: to the recipe!!!
RECIPE: (for 100gr of product. In the pictures I made much more than 100gr).
Water to 100 (HERE the explanation)
Sodium Polyacrilate 1.5
Hydrolized Silk Proteins 2
Safflower oil 5
Jojoba oil 5
Sweet almond oil 5
Dry flo 1 (this is a powder of a modified starch which will help the cream to not feel greasy even though it contains 15% of fats 😉 )
Fragrance oil (few drops of your favorite fragrance oil – cosmetic grade)
Preservative (the quantity depends on the specific cosmetic preservative you own. For this recipe you can use either water soluble or oil soluble with no problems. In my case it needed to be used at 0.6%)
Now to the EXTRA SIMPLE HOW TO:
1) Add glycerin, silk proteins and water; eventually pour Sodium Polyacrilate on top of Phase A:
2) Start mixing with a spatula.
Don’t freak out immediately because it is initially going to look like this:
TRULY TRULY DON’T DESPAIR!!! 😀 It is fine…
3) Keep stirring for approx one minute and TADAAA 😀
It will start to look more like an homogeneous gel.
Here it is still not good enough… but it gives the idea of how silky it becomes in just a little stirring 😉 )
5) And now stir!!!
6) Eventually add the few left ingredients (preservative, fragrance oil and D-Panthenol) and keep stirring again! 😀
As you can see from the picture above it will already be a nice cream with a bit of translucent feel…
But here is the result after I very briefly decided to use the immersion mixer:
And this all in a matter of 10 minutes 😀
I couldn’t believe it!!! 😀
Hope you liked this recipe!!! 😉
Let me know in the comments!
And let me know if you have any question in case you want to build a recipe of your own! Would be glad to help 😉
[Find the UPDATE to this post HERE]
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