Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Hydrovance 8

Today we are continuing with our humectant comparison tests. To review the testing process, I am using the Granny’s Lotion recipe as my testing recipe. Once all the test batches have been made, I will test the lotions to discover my favorite humectant!

Today we are making the test batch with Hydrovance. As a humectant, Hydrovance is a fluid, non-sticky humectant that helps skin keep moisturized for long periods of time.

I decided to test the humectant directly on my skin to add more notes about the feeling on my skin. Hydrovance is very fluid and clear in appearance, water-like in viscosity. Rubbing the Hydrovance into my skin, I felt a silky and gliding feel on the skin. I continued rubbing and the feeling changed to a velvety texture. I enjoyed the velvety feel that stayed without leaving a sticky residue on my hands, even after washing my hands!

Let’s head off to try out the recipe using Hydrovance as our humectant!

Collect needed items:

Colorless Jojoba Oil
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Liquid Germall Plus
Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
Containers for cream (I used a 4 oz Frosted Bottle and Champagne Disk Tops.)

Recipe: (Makes 4.2 ounces or 120 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
3.17 ounces Water
0.63 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.12 ounces Hydrovance
0.12 ounces Stearic Acid
0.12 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.02 ounces Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
90 grams Water
18 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
3.6 grams Hydrovance
3.6 grams Stearic Acid
3.6 grams Emulsifying Wax
0.6 grams Liquid Germall Plus
0.6 grams Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
75% Water
15% Colorless Jojoba Oil
3% Hydrovance
3% Stearic Acid
3% Emulsifying Wax
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Tea Leaf & Papaya Fragrance Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Liquid Germall Plus and Fragrance) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling.

Cooled lotion on my finger.

Cooled lotion on my finger.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Weighed ingredients before melting.

Labeled bottle of finished lotion.

Labeled bottle of finished lotion.

Hydrovance being poured on my hand.

Hydrovance being poured on my hand.

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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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8 thoughts on “Humectant Comparison in Lotion, Hydrovance

  • Madea

    Can hydrovance be used in hair products? Glycerin usually has that sticky feeling in leave in hair products that I am trying to avoid.

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  • Catalina

    As soon as I get my stearic acid I will try making this! I’ve got everything else!

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  • Leilani

    Thanks for these recipes and information. I’ve learned a bit about these.

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  • Dawn

    I’ve been leery of hydrovance since I used it about a year ago and I couldn’t figure out why when I first used my lotion, it was awesome. As time went by, using another bottle from the same batch my skin did not feel nearly as moisturized after using the lotion, but there was no difference in the texture or viscosity of this bottle from the 1st one used. I thought it was all in my head until I read a document stating that hydrovance can “drift” affecting ph. What is your opinion on this and would you just suggest making small batches to use fairly quickly?

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    • Andee Post author

      Yes, we do make smaller batches and use up. I try to not have lotions sitting around after 6 months. You should review your other ingredients and check to see if anything else can be cause or assisting with a problem. Having the lotion pH tested is
      a good idea.

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  • Donna Beckman

    I switched to using hydrovance (from glycerin) in my lotions a few months ago and was very happy – but I have broken out on my arms and legs with allergic type itchy welts. I think it is the hydrovance….have you had any other concerns posted about an allergy to it?

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    • Andee Post author

      I have never had anyone allergic to Hydrovance. I do see allergies to fragrances pop up. I also see allergies to laundry detergent that has fragrance and dye added. I recommend going to the FREE types of laundry detergent. I would start by changing your laundry detergent and setting the washer to “extra rinse.” I would then change all body lotions and soaps to fragrance free. If those two changes in your life don’t result in a cure to this problem, then change out single ingredients until you come to a happy point where your arms and legs are fine. Changes in medication, eating, environment, weather, and more can cause this problem. Finding the culprit is sometimes hard.

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