Figure 1. Liquid crystal emulsion viewed under a polarized light microscope (200X)

The described topical composition includes: an emulsifier system comprising approximately 0.2% to 1.2% w/w of a mixture of a first sucrose ester, namely sucrose monostearate, with a second sucrose ester, sucrose distearate; in addition to at least one solid fatty alcohol having a melting point of at least 45°C, wherein the ratio of monostearate to distearate is ~1/1.3. This composition is shown here by polarizing photomicroscope studies to form a multilamellar liquid crystalline network.