|What is it?||Ritamulse SCG is a plant-derived ECO-CERT complete emulsifying wax for creating oil-in-water emulsions. It is often re-named by suppliers and can be found sold under names like “Emulsimulse” and “ECOMulse“. Refer to the INCI to confirm what you’ve got.|
|INCI||Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearyl Lactylate|
|Appearance||Thin, flat white flakes.|
|Approximate Melting Point||81.1°C (178°F)|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||In lotions and creams it functions as an all-in-one emulsifier as well as contributing thickening. I find emulsions made with Ritamulse SCG tend to be thicker than emulsions made with Polawax or Emulsifying Wax NF.
In cleansing oils and balms it creates products that self-emulsify on contact with water. It also brings the “cleansing” element as Ritamulse SCG is made up of molecules that have an oil-loving and a water-loving end; the oil-loving end grabs the oil on your skin, and the water-loving end grabs the water you are washing with to rinse away easily.
|Do you need it?||No; it is not as versatile as other emulsifying waxes like Polawax or Emulsifying Wax NF.|
|Strengths||It is a fairly easy-to-use complete emulsifying wax that creates beautiful, rich feeling emulsions with a lovely powdery finish.|
|Weaknesses||It can be harder to find (and more expensive) than more standard emulsifying waxes like Emulsifying Wax NF. It can also be harder to use successfully.
It is only suitable for formulations with an oil phase up to 25%.
The ideal pH range is 5–7.5, which may be incompatible with more natural preservatives that require a lower pH to function.
It is not compatible with cationic ingredients.
|Alternatives & Substitutions||Olivem 1000 is likely the easiest alternative for Ritamulse SCG as it is also ECO-Cert compliant and creates emulsions with a similarly thick, fluffy feel. You could also use Polawax or Emulsifying Wax NF.
You cannot use a solubilizer, like Polysorbate 80, in place of Ritamulse SCG.
You cannot use a true wax, like beeswax, in place of Ritamulse SCG.
|How to Work with It||Melt it into your heated oil phase; it needs to be heated to incorporate.|
|Storage & Shelf Life||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, Ritamulse SCG should last at least a year.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||Ritamulse SCG is helps boost the moisturizing properties of your emulsions.|
|Recommended starter amount||50–100g (2–3oz)|
|Where to Buy it||Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier.|