Q&A: What the heck is coconut acid? #alltheingredients

In the June Q&A, Andrea asked, Another question about ingredients: in the list below what the heck is coconut acid?  A proprietary and moisturizing blend of sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, coconut acid, water/aqua/eau, coco glucoside, sodium isethionate, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin b5), camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extracts, humectants, sucrose cocoate, glycerin,…...

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Q&A: Can we use Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar for fine hair? 

In the November Q&A, Sarah asked, Have you ever used Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar or conditioner bar? Is there any reason why it could not be used this way? Is there a pH concern for this ingredient? For a shampoo bar for fine hair (that I do not want to over-condition), could I replace…...

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Shampoo bar questions? Share them here!

I’m so excited you want to make shampoo bars and that you’re buying the new e-book – Shampoo Bars You Will Love: Creating pH balanced bars – and my first ever single issue formula e-zine – One Shampoo Bar, Four Ways – but I am being bombarded in every possible way by questions on my personal…...

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First single formula issue of Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry – One shampoo bar, four ways.

This is the first single formula issue of Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry – One shampoo bar, four ways. In this edition, we’re using sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and SLSa along with a few different liquid surfactants, proteins, conditioning ingredients, and humectants to create pH balanced shampoo bars, then modify them to become clarifying, moisturizing, conditioning, and…...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Why does my hair feel nicer with shampoo bars? And why can’t we use Incroquat BTMS-50 in a liquid shampoo?

In the June Q&A, Melanie asked: I have a question about shampoo. I have been making your basic shampoo recipe. I then became intrigued by the concept of shampoo bars. I made some and find they are so much nicer on my processed hair, which tends to be dry. I do however, find a liquid more…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Modifying the base formula with different surfactants

On Tuesday, we made it to the base formula for making pH balanced shampoo bars using ingredients that’d keep the pH in the right range for our hair of pH 4 to 7. Let’s take a look at some potential modifications for that formula. Here are the links we’ll be using as we make these…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: A base formula

We’ve spent the last week looking at different ingredients we could use in a solid shampoo bar that’s pH balanced to be between 4 to 6.5, which is the right acidic range for our hair. When I create shampoo bars, I prefer to use sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI, which comes in noodles, prills, powders,…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Exfoliating botanical extracts

As we saw yesterday, there are all kinds of different botanical extracts we can add to our shampoo to make it just that little bit more awesome! Today, let’s add some exfoliating extracts to help with dandruff or dry skin. The goal is to use extracts and ingredients that cause desquamation or the process of…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Botanical extracts

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Conditioners & cationic polymers

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a…...

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