Surfactants!

Surfactant chemistry
What are surfactants?
What are surfactants? Updated
Micelles
Basic, general information
How to interpret names of surfactants
How to interpret names of surfactants (updated for 2012)
What causes skin tightness after washing?
Incorporate mildness into your products. 
Viscosity: Increasing surfactant concentration
Viscosity: Increasing micelle size
Viscosity: Creating gels
Which surfactants should you buy?
Why CP soap is not a great shampoo. 
Surfactants and clarity
Surfactants and fragrance oils (viscosity issues)
Surfactants and essential oils (some ideas for their usage)

NEW POSTS on the new blog!

The science of viscosity

Reading the INCI names of surfactants NEW!

What does it mean for something to be cationic, anionic, or non-ionic? New!

Surfactant types
Carboxylates
Sulfates
Alkyl sulfates– like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Alkyl ether sulfates – like sodium laureth sulfate (SLeS)
Amide ether sulfates
Alkyl glyceride sulfates
Sulfonates
Alkyl sulfonates  – like C14-16 olefin sulfonate
Alkyl-aryl sulfonates
Sulfosuccinates– like disodium laureth sulfosuccinate or DLS
Fatty acid isethionates– like sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI)
      A few notes on SCI
Taurates or taurides – like sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (SMC taurate)
Phosphate esters
Acyl-amino acids & salts
Sulfoacetates – like sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSa)
Betaines – like cocamidopropyl betaine
Alkyl polyglucosides or glycerides – all kinds in here from decyl glucoside to PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate
Ethanolamides or alkanolamides– like cocamide DEA

New – polyglucose/lactylate blend
New – disodium cocoamphodiacetate
New – decyl glucoside (more in depth) updated
New – foaming proteins, like silk – updated
New – Miracare Soft 313 – updated

Thickeners for surfactant systems
Crothix
EZ Pearl or glycol distearate
Gels
Siligel – updated
Rheomer 33T
Ritathix DOE (updated)

Interesting questions about surfactants

How can we add a cationic polymer to an anionic product, like a facial cleanser, body wash, or shampoo?