Surfactants: Formulating facial cleansers

Let’s make a lovely facial cleanser specific to your skin type. What are the general goals of a facial cleanser? We want to remove the excess oils and dirt that accumulate over the day without feeling overly dry and irritated. Ideally, we’d have something that leaves our skin feeling moisturized and conditioned, and we don’t...

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Surfactants: Body wash with SCI

I do love SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate). It’s creamy, it’s foamy, and it makes my skin and hair feel lovely when I’ve used it in a syndet bar or shampoo. It’s a great addition to any surfactant mix…but it’s hard to melt and it wants to be solid again. When we add it to to...

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Replicating Dove’s moisturizing body washes

A lot of people want to replicate the Dove moisturizing body washes – so let’s take a look at what makes this product moisturizing! These are the ingredients for the Dove Moisturizing Body Wash “Deep Moisture”. Water: Okay, that’s a givenHelianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower): This is an interesting addition. It makes sense because the...

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Surfactants: Body wash for dry skin

If we want to modify a body wash for dry skin, we have to remember the goals for this skin type – gentle cleansing that doesn’t strip our skin and moisturizing. We can do that in a number of ways… You can modify the surfactants to increase the number of very mild or gentle surfactants....

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Surfactants: Formulating a body wash for different skin types

I absolutely love using a body wash in the shower. If I formulate it correctly, it leaves behind a lovely moisturized feeling that lasts all day. The goal for a body wash is to offer cleansing without giving my skin that dry, tight feeling. So we want to create a body wash using a combination...

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