The difficult-to-pronounce named ingredients are what keep your natural hand cream smelling nice and working for months on end. Sometimes when you combine different natural ingredients they foam up, just like instant coffee in boiling water. If you opened your natural hand cream jar and it was foaming, you probably wouldn’t want to use it, right? The answer for most is an unequivocal yes. So you need an ingredient to prevent that, such as Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. Yet another unintelligible INCI name, but its really just coconut or palm kernel oil synthesized with corn-derived glucose. But what about chelating and viscosity, what are those ingredients?
This is where the conversation turns very technical. So let’s talk about chelating agents first. When you’re putting multiple components together, sometimes you need to get ions and molecules to metal ions in order for your natural hand creams ingredients to properly work together. So you take our first ingredient, Sodium Phytate, and you add it so that you get your ions in order. As for viscosity, you need to actually be able to rub your natural hand cream in without everything falling apart. It is the resistance that a liquid has to stress and being maneuvered. So whether it’s packaging your natural hand cream or smearing it on your skin, you need an ingredient such as Coco-Betaine, to make sure it retains its form as a cream. We know it’s all quite a bit of organic chemistry but what makes a natural ingredient a natural ingredient is exactly that.