Using powdered surfactants, like SCI, SCS, or SLSa in liquid products and why they fail

I’m seeing a lot of people trying to use powdered surfactants in liquid products – like shower gels, body washes, bubble baths – and although I hate to be the bearer of bad news, this isn’t a stable or easy way to use them. These will start to solidify, leaving you with a bottle of…...

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How do I learn about new ingredients? STEPANQUAT® Helia (part five) – formula using Jeesperse® ICE-T CIS-2, evaluation

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? Did you enjoy putting together the ingredient reference chart? And are you looking forward…...

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Things to consider when choosing preservatives (Week four, part two, Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG)

Welcome back to this short series on choosing preservatives. I’m considering this part three of week three’s Newbie Tuesday series, Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG. Tuesday, January 14th, 2020: Shopping lists for ingredients, supplies, and packaging as well as optional components. Tuesday, January 21st, 2020: We took a look at the general formula we’ll…...

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Things to consider when choosing preservatives (Week four, part one, Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG)

Welcome to part one of week four, Newbie Tuesday: Making naturally compliant lotions with Ritamulse SCG. I realized I needed more time to talk about how to choose preservatives properly. I think it’s a topic we can all enjoy and discuss, but it’s a huge topic that needed to be split into two parts. If…...

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A tale of two body washes…

A tale of two body washes. Same formula, different fragrance oils. On the left, pistachio cream: On the right, sweet Meyer lemon. This isn’t a testament to the quality of the ingredients or fragrance/essential oils – this can happen with any mix you create. Working with surfactants isn’t as easy as just changing the fragrance…...

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Q&A: Is there a way to make sodium coco sulphate (SCS) not so drying?

In the January Q&A, AA asked, Hi Susan!! Is there any way to make SCS not so drying?? Not just for hair but also skin. I’ve checked and adjusted the pH and also combined surfactants to no avail.. I would just throw in the towel, but I bought a bunch on sale a while back…...

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