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 distearate in it and I think I used too much as it didn’t happen in future batches.

These products don’t separate in the way lotions separate, and I’m really struggling to get my head around this concept.

Take a look at these two bubble baths. The orange one was brand new, while the blue one had sat for a few days, so the bubbles have already risen to the top and it was clear.

If you look at the picture below, they’re both clear now as the bubbles are gone. I wonder if this is what you mean by separating, that period of time in which the bubbles are rising so the bottom is clear and the top is still cloudy?

So I’m asking you, wonderful readers, to submit pictures and formulas for surfactant based products that you think have separated. You can attach these things in our new commenting system – yay! – as I’d like to see what you mean by this topic.

I need to have your exact formula in percentages along with your process, including how and when you mixed it. I need to know the fragrance or essential oil you used. And what you’re sharing with me needs to be what you actually did, not the original formula you found on my site or others. Let’s figure out what it means to have a surfactant batch separate together!