Reader Question – Greasy Lotions

I really enjoy the Natural Beauty Workshop. The information is very
helpful.  My question is how can I make my lotions/creams not so
greasy? I've added Natrasorb but it's still a little too greasy.
  ~Charlene

Hi Charlene,

Thanks for your question.  One way to reduce the
greasiness, or rather to increase the silky slip of your lotion, is to
add an additive.  Two additives that work well for this purpose are
Dry-Flo AF Pure and Silk Peptide Powder.  Dry Flo AF Pure is a modified corn starch that can
help the lotion feel drier on the skin.  Here is an excerpt from our
website that explains how to incorporate Dry-Flo AF Pure into a lotion:

To incorporate Dry-Flo AF Pure into oil and water emulsions, first
pre-mix the powder into a slurry of oil. Then, combine phases under
130°F. Alternatively, you can add the powder directly to your
emulsified batch slowly with continuous mixing. Aqueous products
containing Dry-Flo AF Pure should not be subjected to temperatures
above 130°F or the starch will swell and start to dissolve, thickening
your product.

Silk Powder is available in two forms, Superfine and Peptide.  For
lotions, it is best to use Silk Peptide Powder.  This fine, powdered
silk is water soluble, and can be added directly to the water
phase of your lotion at a rate of 2-5%.  It will add a silky slip to
the skin after the lotion is applied.

Another
way to reduce the greasiness of a lotion is to select ingredients that
tend to be lighter and more non-greasy.  Certain Oils, such as
Macadamia Nut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, and Rice Bran
Oil
, have very light textures.  Their characteristics will affect the
final texture of the lotion accordingly.  If you use heavy oils and
butters your lotion will feel heavier, if you use lighter oils and
butters it will feel lighter.  Getting the right combination of main
ingredients can make a huge difference in the final product.

Your last option for reducing the greasiness of the lotion is to
simply add a larger portion of water or water based ingredient.  This
will make the lotion less moisturizing, and thinner, but it can help
take the edge off of an intense lotion.  Keep in mind that you may have
to make other adjustments to your recipe when you increase the water
portion.  This will affect the preservative, and possibly the
emulsifier. You'll need to experiment to get it just right.

If you have any more tips for Charlene on how to make her lotions less greasy, please let us know in the comments.

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