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 HoneyQuat. As a humectant, HoneyQuat is a mixture of Honey and a low molecular weight quaternary derivative.
I decided to test the humectant directly on my skin to add more notes about the feeling on my skin. HoneyQuat is very fluid and straw-colored in appearance, soda pop-like in viscosity. Rubbing the HoneyQuat into my skin, I felt a slippery and dragging feel on the skin that quickly changed into a slightly sticky feeling. The sticky feeling was almost like that of spilled soda as it dries. My skin felt sticky until I washed my hands but after washing, my hands felt very moisturized.
|Due to the texture, I would use no more than 3% of HoneyQuat in any lotion or cream recipe. I think HoneyQuat would be best used in lotions or creams that are meant to have a longer application/massaging in time.
Let’s head off to try out the recipe using HoneyQuat as our humectant!
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Recipe: (Makes 4.2 ounces or 120 grams)
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.