Thickening surfactants and suspending mica, glitter, jojoba beads, and other exfoliants!

Can you tell I’m obsessed with this new-to-me surfactant, Iselux Ultra Mild, yet? Let’s take a look at suspending micas today! Are you wondering why the shiny micas in your pretty bubble bath fell to the bottom or your jojoba beads floated to the top of your facial cleanser? Thickening your product with Crothix, Ritathix…...

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Good formulas take time: A cleanser thickened with a Siligel, then and now

It’s not hoarding if you’re monitoring your product for stability, observing how it morphs over time, loses viscosity, takes on or loses fragrance, changes colour, or generally behaves when left untouched for a while. This was my first formula using Siligel as a suspending thickener based on a formula with decyl glucoside created by Jane…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Fragrance and essential oils with Iselux Ultra Mild

Just a few of the many many samples I’ve created for the Iselux Ultra Mild surfactant – which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies. It takes ages to test out different ways it might thicken, what might thin it, how it clears up, and how stable it is over time. I have at…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Surfactants, fragrance oils, and clarity

Having great fun trying different fragrances and colours in foamy, bubbly, lathery™️ surfactants today, specifically the Iselux Mild Blend body wash I made a few weeks ago. Will these become clear? The samples are safely stowed away on my sample shelf and I’ll check back in a week! It started off so clear… And stayed…...

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In Cosmetics Global: Stepan, makers of my favourite surfactants!

I wanted to share some of my experiences from In Cosmetics Global in Paris with you. My laptop is still dead and I’m absolutely exhausted, so this is more like a series of tweets or Instagram posts. I’ll be sharing so much more with you when we get home! On day one, Jane Barber of…...

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Q&A: Can we exceed the suggested usage rate in a solid shampoo or body cleanser?

In the March Q&A, kuni asked, I have been making shampoo bar and conditioner bar for my family and they have been very happy with their hair, thanks to Susan on her wonderful shampoo bar ebook and articles. Lately my daughter (13 years old) has been asking me to make her face wash and whether its…...

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Q&A: Have you combined different surfactant thickeners in one product?

In this post on bubble bath, Liquid bubble bath: The process and formulas, Allison asked, Susan you mentioned here having many different thickening ingredients, and I’m wondering if you’ve ever combined more than one in a single product? I look at manufacturer’s formulations online, and I’m noticing that some will use something like Glucamate DOE-120…...

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Tips & techniques: How to use a foamer bottle with diluted soap or surfactants

Someone shared this video from Aromatics International with me of someone showing you how to use a foamer bottle with liquid soap, and I thought maybe I could share some of my thoughts and a formula for diluting castille soap in one of these containers. Foam pump or foamer bottles were designed to create more foam…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part three – surfactant blends

I’m having great fun formulating all kinds of shampoos suitable for fine hair or other types that don’t want to be weighed down. We started last week by looking at different types of shampoos and coming up with base formulas for clarifying, conditioning, and hydrating shampoos. Then we took a look at using different surfactants…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part two – choosing surfactants

In the November Q&A, Diana asked, I have a request from one of my customers for a volumizing shampoo. I usually make liquid shampoos for her, and she is very satisfied with my products but now she wants something that will lift her hair more. I wonder, does anyone make these shampoos? What ingredients should I look…...

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