Member exclusive: Do you have questions about surfactants and/or thickeners?

I’ve been working on these posts about all the new surfactants and thickeners I have for almost a year, and every time I think I’m ready to share, I end up down a rabbit hole as I follow my curiosity for a few hours as it’s just such an interesting topic. I think I know...

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Member exclusive video: Small alterations in the type of fragrance oil you use can make a massive difference in viscosity

It’s pretty incredible to see how changing one small thing – the type of fragrance oil you use – can make such a huge difference in the viscosity of surfactant based products, like bubble baths, body washes, cleansers, and more. In the video below, I used this formula for my ultra bubbly bubble bath. I thickened...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s that goop in my surfactant bottle?

In the March Q&A, Doris asked: I finished up a litre bottle of Bioterge today and was surprised to find quite a large amount (maybe 10-15% of the total) of a solid/gel/something like that at the bottom of the bottle. I went to get the new bottle I received just a week ago and discovered...

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Experiments in the workshop: Making a rose water & chamomile facial cleanser with other surfactants and Siligel

We made a lovely facial cleanser the other day with Miracare Soft 313 and Siligel. Let’s take a look at using other surfactants in this formula. The key to using Siligel as your thickener for surfactants is to remember what you can’t use with it. You don’t want to go higher than 5% active anionic … Read more

Member exclusive Q&A: What’s the best version of EDTA to use in gels?

In the December Q&A on the Patreon feed, Christina asked: Hi Susan, was wondering about EDTA. Would tetrasodium EDTA be best for gels like facial products with Sepinov EMT 10? I believe tetrasodium was for higher pH, but it also stated more suited for gels. But some facial gels aren’t necessarily higher pH. And would...

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These are a few of my favourite new things in 2017 – part two: surfactants

On December 31st, I shared with you a few of my favourite new ingredients from 2017. What else did I like? New favourite surfactant: Okay, this one is super hard as I have added at least 16 new surfactants to my workshop this year. How about I break it down into surfactant and surfactant blend? … Read more