How to: Rose and Soapnut Slow Beauty Cleansing Milk
If you've been following me on Instagram, you've probably already seen a few batches underway. As a matter of fact, I'm sharing this how-to with you due to numerous requests from lovely Insta-folks.
This formula utilizes a COSMOS certified and organic emulsifier (and oil thickening agent) that can be used either hot or cold (which is kind of cool if you ask me).
Today I'm going to show you how I made this as a simple cold process emulsion.
Spoiler alert: there's a reason the title includes 'Slow Beauty'.
COSMOS EmulsifierI've been fooling around with this 'new' emulsifier known as Sucragel for a while now, and although it has its quirks, I think the positives outweigh the negatives - especially in a DIY or smaller batch setting. It seems the jury is still out on whether or not it does well for larger batch sizes and I'm assuming this is because of the mentioned quirks, but we'll get into those in a minute.
What's in an EmulsifierThere seems to be a growing number of suppliers of Sucragel, so it is pretty widely available. I have only sourced this from a couple of places so far (always good to try from different suppliers as sometimes there can be differences in how an ingredient performs). The INCI of the Sucragel I am using here is as follows: Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis oil, Sucrose laurate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis fruit water
Because this is a glycerine based ingredient, adding more glycerine to your formula could be a bit overkill, so if you are thinking of adding your own glycerites to a formula where you want to use sucragel, you'll probably want to keep it at a lower percentage than normal.
Depending on the texture you are aiming for, you can dose sucragel at anywhere from 6 - 20% of your formula.
This emulsion has a creamy, non-greasy feel and a viscosity that is my idea of cleansing milk perfection.
Batch Size: 150 grams of product (about 5.3 ounces)
Shall we get busy?
LisaLise's Rose and Soapnut Slow Beauty Cleansing Milk
|A||Soapnut (dry extract)||3.0|
|A||Broad Spectrum Preservative||0.9|
|B||Rose Macerated Castor Oil||42.0|
Method1. Combine phase A ingredients and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
2. Combine phase B and let stand for 15 minutes.
3. Stir phase B again.
4. Add phase A to Phase B little by little, stirring well in between additions.
5. Adjust pH if necessary
6. Transfer to final container
Sucragel QuirksFair warning: it can seem arduous transforming Sucragel and oil into a homogenous whole. My supplier recommends adding the oil to the sucragel ‘drop by drop’ and stirring until thoroughly incorporated in between additions.
Admittedly, this takes a bit of patience but the good news is, this process can be done by hand and without the use of any electrical mixers of any type with excellent results.
I’ve tried using different stirring implements (both 'electrified' and 'non electrified'), adding the oil to the sucragel faster (or in larger amounts at a time), stirring less, and just about every combo I could think of to speed the process up.
My experience to date is: the slower you go, the better and more stable a result you get. Read: if you (even try to) rush it, you (really) risk an unstable emulsion.
And now you know why I call this is a 'slow beauty' formula.
So if you don't have time to 'get your zen on', do wait for a day when you're ready to give slow-making a go.
pH NotesI've done a few minor ingredients variations to the batches I have made which have resulted in pH levels ranging between 4.7 - 5.5. No pH adjustment has been necessary.
Soapnut ExtractSoap nut dry extract is not the same as powdered soap nut and will give you quite different results if you try replacing a dry extract with a powder. There's more info about that right here.
If you can't access dry soapnut extract but have soapnuts, you could try doing a decoction and replacing half of the water amount in this formula with your decoction. There's a step by step how-to right here.
Macerated Castor OilThis is quite in line with the slow-going-ness of this formula. I made my own rose-infused castor oil by adding dried rose petals to castor oil and allowing the mixture to sun infuse for a couple of months before straining and using the oil. Depending on the quality and freshness of the dried roses you use, this will add a lovely note of rose to your product.
You could replace the rose with any herb you prefer (lavender and rosemary come to mind as possibilities).
If you don't want to make an oil infusion, just use castor oil.