29 Mar

I’ve long desired to make moisturizers and “cold creams;” the thing is, regular lotions require preservatives (I guess creams would too, just to be safe). Typically used to preserve lotions and creams is propylene glycol, otherwise known as _antifreeze_. Why a person would want to put antifreeze on her or his body everyday is beyond me; perhaps most folks don’t even know what is used to preserve lotions and creams. Nevertheless, I would only ever produce creams, not lotions. And I would try to match them to a given perfume, especially a custom perfume. On the subject of creams, Anya McCoy suggested that I might try a décolletage cream. Very sensual idea. I like it. Meant for the the top of a lady’s breasts, and also could be used for the neck. I have a formula for a true antioxidant, moisturizing neck cream, which will work nicely as décolletage cream. Creams are made with various fats/oils, healthy, whole, antioxidant; lotions add water (which then requires use of preservative).
From Wikipedia: “Décolletage (or décolleté, its adjectival form, in current French) is the upper part of a woman’s torso, between her waist and neck, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, that is exposed by the style of her clothing. However, the term is most commonly applied to a neckline which reveals or emphasizes cleavage. Low-cut necklines are a feature of ball gowns, evening gowns, leotards and swimsuits, among other fashions. Although décolletage does not itself prescribe the extent of exposure of a woman’s upper chest, the design of a décolleté garment takes into account current fashions, aesthetics, social norms and the social occasion when a garment will be worn, and exposing of nipples or areolae is almost always considered toplessness or partial nudity, and not considered socially acceptable in most modern cultures, though that has not always been the case.”
The thing is, about creams, deodorants, etc., you don’t want to make them in your own lab; you want to use a so-called “contract manufacturer” (CM); this is to ensure sterility in the making of the product. A given CM makes a large quantity of a given formula, exactly to your specifications. Unfortunately, for creams and deodorants, etc., they generally require on minimum order of, say, 20 gallons, which depending on your formula, could be quite expensive. They will, however, put the products into final packaging, and even label the products should you choose. I’d love to make underarm deodorants too. I have good formulas for alcohol deodorants; with stick deodorants, I haven’t quite perfected how to add extra deodorant properties. Baking powder works, but it’s hard to keep dissolved in the hot oil one uses to make stick deodorants. Maybe I could let a CM worry about that.


2 Responses to “032911”

  1. UrbanEden April 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Creams also have water–though less than lotions–and will develop bacteria, fungi, other yuck without a preservative. But body butters are usually a mix of solid and liquid fats, and don’t require a preservative unless you stick wet fingers into the container. And serums are fantastic! I like to package serums with a dropper lid so no bacteria is introduced into the container.

    • Adam Gottschalk April 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      The formulae I have for creams have no water, just a mix of solid and liquid fats.. I guess you’d call them “body butters.” I should have mentioned I do have experience making body butters, pomades, etc.

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