Despite its strange sounding name, this product is approved for use in organic formulations by Ecocert standards. SCG is a naturally derived emulsion system that is designed to blend oil and water into a harmonious blend. It contains zero surfactant-like ingredients.
How does it compare to other emulsifying systems? When tested against emulsifying wax, we determined that SCG doesn't create that slight "waxy" feel on the skin that sometimes emulsifying wax can lend. Also emulsifying wax contains polysorbates 60 or 80, which are not approved for organic formulations. SCG has a lower melting point, so you do not need to super heat your oil phase. This benefit is two fold in that your oils aren't being super cooked, possibly destroying their natural benefits, and your cool down time is a lot shorter with SCG - a great time saving tool!
SCG will impart a slight "talc" like feel to your lotions, giving them a super creamy texture - more like an oil based lotion, rather than a wax-y presentation. Its also easier for the skin to absorb when compared to emulsifying wax. Depending upon the ratio used, you can create a thin lotion that is pourable, up to a thick cream that is 'scoopable.'
Your lotion base may have a slight cream color to a very light tan, this will adjust with the ratio you decide to use, and it holds a mild scent. It can be used in conjunction with other emulsifiers and it blends well with palm stearic acid. The best environment for this emulsifier is a pH range of 5-7.5. If you will be using any sort of pH adjusters like citric acid, or lactic acid -- add them after the emulsion has been created and set, otherwise your recipe may fail to achieve full emulsion.
Recommended Use Rate: 2-10%, typically about 8%for a medium bodied lotion.