Surfactants: Formulating facial cleansers

Let’s make a lovely facial cleanser specific to your skin type. What are the general goals of a facial cleanser? We want to remove the excess oils and dirt that accumulate over the day without feeling overly dry and irritated. Ideally, we’d have something that leaves our skin feeling moisturized and conditioned, and we don’t...

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Surfactants: Body wash with SCI

I do love SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate). It’s creamy, it’s foamy, and it makes my skin and hair feel lovely when I’ve used it in a syndet bar or shampoo. It’s a great addition to any surfactant mix…but it’s hard to melt and it wants to be solid again. When we add it to to...

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Replicating Dove’s moisturizing body washes

A lot of people want to replicate the Dove moisturizing body washes – so let’s take a look at what makes this product moisturizing! These are the ingredients for the Dove Moisturizing Body Wash “Deep Moisture”. Water: Okay, that’s a givenHelianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower): This is an interesting addition. It makes sense because the...

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Surfactants: Body wash for dry skin

If we want to modify a body wash for dry skin, we have to remember the goals for this skin type – gentle cleansing that doesn’t strip our skin and moisturizing. We can do that in a number of ways… You can modify the surfactants to increase the number of very mild or gentle surfactants....

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Surfactants: Formulating a body wash for different skin types

I absolutely love using a body wash in the shower. If I formulate it correctly, it leaves behind a lovely moisturized feeling that lasts all day. The goal for a body wash is to offer cleansing without giving my skin that dry, tight feeling. So we want to create a body wash using a combination...

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Surfactants: Building viscosity – creating gels (updated)

This is the last in the very long series of posts on surfactants before we get to some super fun formulating! We’ve covered the idea of increasing the micelle size and increasing the concentration of the surfactants, so let’s take a look at creating gels. There are a few ways to create a gel that...

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Defining your product by what’s NOT in it! (updated)

This is not my dog walking around the house with a conditioner bar in her mouth!  I have a little thing I call my Trifecta of ARGH! When I’m on a webpage and it mentions that their products are “chemical free” or natural or they make an outrageous promise, I shut it down because I...

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Surfactants: Building viscosity – increasing micelle size

The second way to increase the viscosity of our surfactant-y creations is to increase the size of the micelles. (Please click here for a refresher on micelles!) We learned in the post about increasing mildness that increasing micelle size can reduce irritation, so you’re not only building viscosity, you’re decreasing irritation! (I love two-for-one processes!)...

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Surfactants: Building viscosity – increasing surfactant concentration

We’re getting ready to do some formulating, but we need to take a few moments to look at how to thicken our surfactant based creations. There are three ways to thicken a surfactant based creation – increase the concentration of the surfactants, make the micelles larger, or create a gel. (There’s a brief summary about...

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Surfactant related downloads (PDF)

Since I’ll be formulating a lot of surfactant based things in the next few weeks, I thought it wise to summarize surfactant links in one place – click here for the permanent page on surfactants! In addition, here are a few downloads on surfactants in PDF form!Here’s a handy dandy chart on surfactants so you...

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