Formulating Cosmetics with ECOGEL

Formulating Cosmetics with ECOGEL
June 21, 2020 Aidee Erhime
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Simply put, Ecogel is an emulsifier.

It is often used to stabilize formulations such as creams. It is a versatile ingredient as it is used as a stabilizer, emulsifier and a thickener. This ingredient is easily a formulator’s favorite.

INCI: Lysolecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Xanthan Gum (and) Pullulan

See: Formulating cosmetics with Xanthan Gum

Ecogel is produced by LucasMeyer Cosmetics, and has the following properties:

  • First natural gelling-emulsifying agent
  • Sustainable processed
  • Provides gel-cream when used as main emulsifier
  • Stabilizes and increases the viscosity of emulsions
  • Skin feel enhancer (Silicone-like skin feel)
  • Highly compatible with electrolytes and surfactants
  • Enhances penetration and bioavailability of active ingredients to get better and/or faster results
  • Triggers positive emotions and provides moments of happiness upon application
  • stable within a wide range of pH, from 3 to 10.
  • supports high quantity of electrolytes (up to 2%).
  • is compatible with surfactants. It is particularly interesting for a use in shampoos and shower gels since it increases viscosity and improves sensorial properties.
  • is compatible with most preservatives and additives.

How to use Ecogel.

A typical percentage range for use is 0.5% – 2% depending on what it the formulation needs it for. The concentration of ecogel used is what determines how the formulation behaves. Click here for a guide if you are new to making your own skincare formulation.

For beginners, this ingredient might be a bit tricky to incorporate into a formulation, however it gets easy with consistent practice.

See: 9 essential equipment for your new cosmetics laboratory

Ecogel always needs to first be hydrated. This means it should be dispersed in (hot) water phase at 600C – 700C and stirred thoroughly for 20-30 minutes. This would allow it to be complexly dispersed.


Extra Points

*INCI – International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients

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  1. Amina 4 months ago

    Lovely. One question, since this has lecithin and xanthan gum I don’t need to add those individually anymore? Also where can I get this ecogel?

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      Aidee Erhime 5 days ago

      Hello Amina, whether you decide to add one or both, depends on what you are formulating. I am not sure where you can get ecogel but if you are in Nigeria, please check out @botaform on Instagram and Google for formulation ingredients.

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