Members’ Q&A: Tips or tricks for using glyceryl caprylate/caprate?

In the April Q&A, Kirsten asked: Hey here’s a question…have you played with glyceryl caprylate caprate? I am considering playing with it, and wondered if you had any insights, or “for the love of God…don’t do ——-” lol. I haven’t used this ingredient, so let’s take a look at some of the things I found out...

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Separation in surfactant based products, like shampoo or body wash? Let’s troubleshoot it!

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 more

Using powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products

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 more

Discussion: How do you clean up after a day of formulating?

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 more