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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Liquid bubble bath: The process and the formulas

I’ve had a lot of people asking about liquid bubble bath lately, and I thought I’d write up a quick post about this topic. To start, the ingredients I’m using can be found at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C., and all but one (LSB) at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta....

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part one…

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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Duplication: Potential acne cleanser similar to Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser?

In the November Q&A post, Amy asked: So my 20 something year old daughter approached me and asked if I could try my hand at duplicating her acne face wash, she’s tired of paying $15/bottle. It’s Mario Badescu acne facial cleanser. Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone,...

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Q&A about SCI: Differences between powder and noodles? How to melt it?

In the November Q&A, Quirky Turtle asked: Is there a significant difference in sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) powder vs noodles? I know that in the ebook you said that they sometimes add stearic acid to noodles. Looking at the range of products and prices, however, I can go to wholesale supplies plus for 5lbs noodles under $60...

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Clean up your act! Honey, apple & kale foaming kitchen hand cleanser with d-Limonene

Merry Christmas! If you’re like me, you’re spending part of today loafing about playing with your new toys, and the other part trying to get dinner made! If you’re preparing, baking, cooking, broiling, or grilling any meals, this is my gift to you! One of my favourite cleansers for around the kitchen is always one...

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Q&A: Substitutions for SMO/SMC taurate in a cleanser?

In the November Q&A, Audrey asked: I have seen SMO/SMC taurate recommended because it is very mild and conditioning. I am not able to get my hands on this product. Can anyone recommend a surfactant that would have the same properties without having to adjust the pH of my cleanser? Would Sodium cocoyl glutamate be a good...

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Shampoo bars: Please don’t use 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in them!

A woman wrote to me the other day to say her shampoo bars were soft and sticky. I asked her to tell me her exact formula, and it was identical to one of mine with one huge exception – she added 1% concentrated aloe vera powder, either 100x or 200x. Since then, I’ve read of...

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Surfactants: Cleansing descriptions and increasing mildness – analyzing surfactants

Thanks for sticking around to the end of this series. I know for some this might seem like a very dry subject and some of you are yelling at the screen for me to shut up about chemistry stuff and get to the formulas, but if you have a curious mind and want to learn...

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