Moist Emulsion

In the world of skincare, there are countless products and formulations promising to give you the glowing, radiant complexion of your dreams. One product that has been gaining popularity, especially in Asian beauty routines, is emulsion.

Emulsion is a type of skincare product that falls somewhere between a lightweight lotion and a heavier cream. It typically has a milky texture and a gel-like consistency, making it perfect for those with combination or oily skin who still need hydration without the heaviness of traditional creams. Emulsions are designed to be easily absorbed into the skin, providing a boost of moisture without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.

In general, moisturiser will be applied after emulsion. By incorporating both an emulsion and a moisturizer into your skincare routine, you can achieve a balanced and hydrated complexion without the need for multiple products.

For this reason, I use shea butter and MCT oil to add extra moist into it. 

Shea butter is a well-known skincare ingredient that is derived from the nuts of the shea tree. It is rich in fatty acids and vitamins, making it a powerhouse ingredient for nourishing and hydrating the skin. Shea butter is known for its ability to lock in moisture, soothe dry and irritated skin, and improve the skin’s elasticity. When added to emulsion skincare products, shea butter helps to provide an extra layer of hydration, leaving the skin soft, smooth, and supple.

MCT oil, short for medium-chain triglycerides, is a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil. It is a lightweight and fast-absorbing oil that is easily absorbed into the skin, making it an ideal ingredient for emulsion skincare products. MCT oil helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin without leaving a greasy residue, making it perfect for those with oily skin.

You probably wonder if this is milky and gel like consistencies why I was using jar? The reality was I didn’t realise that I run out of pump bottle, hence I ended up using my jar. My advise to you because it is lighter version of moisturiser, you should definitely use bottle instead of jar. 

I was also experimenting using Isoamyl Laurate which is a silicone alternative. To test this new ingredients, I was using xanthan gum instead of carbomer. I am fan of Carbomer because of its texture enhancing ingredients. Xanthan gum bit more stretchy kind of feeling and most often adding silicone helps in reducing this feeling. I am quite impressed with Isoamyl Laurate because it provides similar feeling as silicone

As usual, you will have to combine xantham gum with propanediol before add them into water. Then prepare your oil phase materials. The last step is heat the oil and water phase material before combining them. It is pretty much simple way in formulating moisturiser. You are free to change the oil with your preferred oil. Glyceryl Stearate Citrate is the key ingredients in this emulsion formula. It will provide watery consistencies. 

Moist Emulsion


Phase I

  • 79.6 % Water

Phase II

  • 4 % Propanediol
  • 0.4 % Xanthan Gum

Phase III

  • 1 % Glyceryl Stearate SE
  • 4 % Glyceryl Stearate + PEG100
  • 2 % Shea Butter
  • 5 % MCT Oil
  • 2 % Isoamyl Laurate

Phase IV

  • 1 % Preservatives Plantaserv M
  • 0.5 % Essential Oil
  • 0.5 % Tocopherol


Phase I

  • Combine all materials in phase II
  • Combine them with water in phase I
  • Heat them up

Phase II

  • Combine all materials in phase III
  • Heat until all materials melted

Phase III

  • Combine all heated phase
  • Let them cool down to room temperature
  • Combine all phase IV materials

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