V-E and M-F - The Emulsifier Twins
Curious? Then please join me on a trip into the world of 'almost organic' and meet the most reliable twins I have ever worked with.
Almost is Almost Good EnoughThe 2 emulsifiers we are looking at today are 100% safe and edible, but they are not quite organic. What does this mean? That they 'qualify to be used as non-organic raw material in organic ice cream and skin care products'
Organic ice cream and skin care? Yup. Stick with me and all shall be revealed.
Meet The TwinsEmulsifier V-E and M-F work as a team. They look pretty close to identical (a cream-colored grainy powder), but one is water-based and the other is oil-based. When combined in a formula, they provide hold and texture to creams and lotions. They always deliver. They have never failed me – not even the time I got them mixed up (which will be covered in an upcoming post).
With almost every cream or lotion, there is an oil phase and a water phase. Each are treated/heated separately, then mixed together to create the (hopefully) perfect texture.
Oil Phase and Water Phase Explained
V-E and M-F are Scandinavian BornThe twins originated in the Scandinavian food industry; they were developed to provide texture to vegan ice cream (now you know why). V-E and M-F are ideal for creating a light texture with good 'hold'.
V-E loves OilV-E (INCI: Glyceryl stearate) is oil-based and made from the mono and diglycerides of fatty acids from palm kernel oil.
My supplier informs me their V-E comes from a sustainable source where the producers are members of the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil.
Using V-E is easy: it is added to the formula as part of the oil phase and dissolves right into the oils and fats without a care in the world.
M-F Loves WaterM-F (INCI: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate) is water-based and made from either rapeseed or palm oil and lactic acid. My supplier says the lactic acid is produced by 'non-gmo bacterial fermentation of sugar beets', and the palm oil is 'from a sustainable source'.
Using M-F is easy too: it is added to the formula as part of the water phase. M-F happily disappears into the liquid, waiting patiently to make texture magic when it is united with its 'twin'.