Micromulse® LB

Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Aqua, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract

A 100% natural origin ingredient, Micromulse® LB provides formulators with a quick and easy way to make transparent liquid Micellar Oils that are easily rinsed away.

Micromulse® LB is a liquid blend of a Polyglyceryl ester and a mixture of saponins which can make transparent, liquid micellar oils that turn to milk on contact with water. These formulations are suitable for a wide variety of rinse-off applications including facial cleansing oils, bath oils and hair oils. It is compatible with most oils including vegetable and essential oils.

  • COSMOS approved
  • NATRUE approved
  • Extremely mild formulation – suitable for sensitive skin products
  • Moisturises the skin – leaving it clean and not stripped of oil
  • Versatile – can be used with different oils
  • Excellent cleanser – make up is removed easily
  • Luxurious texture – suitable for rinse off applications

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How to use

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Questions & answers

Why would you use Micromulse® LB instead of Sucragel, HIPEgel Oleo or Sapogel Q?

Sucragel, HIPEgel Oleo and Sapogel Q are effective oil gelling agents and generally form structured liquid systems (gels) with shear thinning properties. Micromulse® LB has been specially formulated to form liquid systems which are stable and transparent.

Do you have to use Glycerine in the formula?

Yes, it is important to use Glycerine in Micromulse® LB formulations because it helps with stability and transparency. If glycerine is left out or replaced with either water or glycols, there is a risk instability will occur and the product will be cloudy.

How do I lower the viscosity of the Micellar Oil I have made and still maintain clarity?

The choice of oil determines the amount of water that needs to be added to the formulation and in general, the more water in the product the lower the viscosity. If vegetable oils are being used and the viscosity is too high, replace a portion of the vegetable oil with an emollient of lower refractive index such as CCT or an ester.

My product looks very cloudy, how can I fix it?

Firstly, ensure the cloudiness is not due to trapped air, by centrifuging or by smearing on a glass surface to check. Then see if the amount of water in the formula is correct by comparing framework formulations. If too much water has been added this is difficult to correct but if it is lower than recommended, then add small measured portions to the formulation until the product appears transparent.

Can I make a solid gel product with Micromulse® LB?

It may be possible, but it was designed with liquid products in mind.

Can I class my Micellar oil as a microemulsion?

No, we do not consider these systems to be microemulsions. This is because true stable microemulsions are a balance of surfactant, water and oil with a relatively high % of surfactant. The amount of surfactant in Micromulse® LB is lower than you would expect in a thermodynamically stable microemulsion.

Can I use any type of oil in my formulation?

There are a few types of oil that are not compatible with Micromulse® LB – please see our formulating guide for more information.

Can I homogenise the oil in?

Yes, but this might be difficult for thicker formulations with no water. Instead, we recommend adding the oil using an overhead stirrer, then homogenising for a few minutes after all the oil is added. The homogenisation step is only needed for systems with high amounts of water (>2%), an overhead stirrer is sufficient for low/no water systems.