I mentioned this on Facebook and the old blog in the digest for the week, but I want all my writing to be in one place, so I’m sharing it here, too. When you’re making surfactant based products like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, bubble bath, and so on, mix very slowly in a zig … Read moreMixing surfactants: Slowly and gently with a fork?
I’ve also been receiving so many questions about surfactant based products, like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, and bubble bath, separating, and I don’t think I know what you mean by that term “separate”. I’ve only once had something that appeared to be separation in a body wash, and that was one that had glycol … Read moreSeparation in surfactant based products, like shampoo or body wash? Let’s troubleshoot it!
I’ve been receiving quite a number of questions over the last few months about adding solid surfactants like sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSa) to liquid products, like bubble baths or body washes. The short answer is that you can’t incorporate these powders well into liquid products as they will either re-solidify … Read moreUsing powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products
In the post, Discussion: How do you sanitize your workspace before formulating, Sarah wondered: Does anyone here have a favorite grease-cutting cleanser/method for cleaning little glass bottles and jars? I’ve tried very hot water, dish detergent and d-Limonene, but it still took many round of cleaning and I still don’t think it’s enough…am I going to … Read moreDiscussion: How do you clean up after a day of formulating?
I remember being so excited when I started making products, and I had to make every formula I found. I would sit at the coffee shop near my office every morning to plan out what I’d make next. I would find a formula – something like sweet almond & aloe hand lotion – and I’d … Read moreDiscussion: What do you wish you’d have known when you started making products?