Is there a way to thicken olive oil? I am making a skin moisturizer for my psoriasis. I would like to thicken olive oil into a lotion or paste consistency for ease of application.
You could make an emulsion of water and oil like mayonnaise which would thicken and hydrate. Waxes such as beeswax can be added to make more of a liniment or ointment, heat one pint of olive oil with 1 1/2 ounces of beeswax until melted, cool, add more wax if necessary and repeat. Other ingredients used to thicken emollients are agar, a seaweed extract, methyl cellulose or xanthum gums, both plant extracts, and glycerin. They are all edible and used to thicken everything from ice cream to pancake syrup.
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