Optiphen - Optiphen is a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative. It consists of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. The Caprylyl Glycol is essentially a carrier base for the Phenoxyethanol. Optiphen is a clear liquid that is effective in formulas with PH between 4-8. It is safe for use at temperatures below 176 degrees. It is suggested for usage levels at .5 - 1.5% and is best used in oil based products.
Botanical Name: Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl GlycolCommon Name: Optiphen
*Color of this product can vary from clear, to pale yellow.
I have made a lot of lotion and only just recently has my lotion seperated on me. I used the same recipe as always and at first i though it was the lemon essential oil i had used that caused my lotion to seperate. So i ordered more optiphen and made another batch only this time i noticed right when i started to mix in the optiphen my lotion seperated! It started out so wonderful, but once i added this it seperated. Will not be buying this from bramble berry again. Wasted a lot of expensive oils and butters twice and all because of this stuff. Not again.
Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Amanda! I'm sorry you're disappointed in this product. In our tests and recipes, we have found the Optiphen doesn't cause separation in lotion. It can be several other factors, including the emulsifying wax used. It also helps to stick blend the batch for another 2-4 minutes to ensure everything stays mixed together.
Works great in all my lotions. Has a funky floral smell by itself, but I can't smell it at all in any of my products. Love that it's free of parabens and formaldehyde. Winner!
This synthetic preservative has a slight odor that is noticeable. I used about 5g in the 'cool down' phase when I made my body cream (1st time making body cream. I'm a newbie.) along with the Coconut Mango fragrance oil and I can smell both the optiphen and the coconut mango fragrance. I'd much rather prefer that any preservative that I use for my next batch of body cream be odorless. If anyone can recommend another product, please do so. Thanks!!
Reply from Bramble Berry Hi Keva! Our Optiphen does have a slight scent to it. Though, in our tests and recipes this scent was unnoticeable in the final product when used at .5-1.5% as seen in the Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe. I will email you personally to disucss this further.
I would really like an unscented preservative, but still as natural as possible. This has a strange floral scent to it, and I keep smelling that mixed with what fragrance I added. I hope it fades, but I also think it should be mentioned somewhere that it has a scent to it.
Reply from Bramble BerryHi Elizabeth! While this preservative may have a slight scent to it, we didn't notice any scent in our final products when it was used at .5-1.5% of the recipe, as seen in the Fresh Rain Sugar Scrub video on Soap Queen TV. Also, this preservative is formaldehyde and paraben free, but it is a synthetic product. I'll be emailing you personally to talk more!
I really like this preservative. I have never had one ounce of trouble with it except for the one time I added it to the lotion when it was too hot. Definitely follow instructions and use below 176 degrees and you'll be fine.
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