$3 subscribers and up: Ingredient substitution ideas?

Because we’re coming up on the busy season for our suppliers and because we’re seeing shortages of ingredients around the world for basics, like sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) – ethoxylated surfactant – and emulsifiers, I thought I’d start a new monthly page for potential substitution of ingredients where you can share your comments, questions, and...

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Some thoughts on ingredient shortages, making substitutions, and trying different ingredients as we work through making changes for a conditioner bar formula

There’s a serious shortage of ingredients out there. As I mentioned in this month’s new substitution request page, it’s not only the busiest time of year for our suppliers as people buy supplies for Christmas markets and presents; we’re also in the middle of a pandemic that has disrupted the entire supply chain from the...

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Q&A: What can I substitute for polyquaternium 7 in a conditioner bar?

In the December Q&A, Sherri asked, I was hoping to make conditioner bars for my girls’ stockings, but I’m almost out of polyquaternium 7, and my usual Canadian supplier is sold out. Are there any substitutions I can use? Quick note: I’ve started a Q&A post on conditioner bars that you’ll find pinned to the right...

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Q&A: Can I use sodium lauroyl sarcosinate in place of SCI in a creamy cleanser?

In the July Q&A, Tessa asked, So here’s where I need help: How to substitute surfactants. There’s a formula that calls for 5% SCI (powder) and I’d like to use Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate instead. But how can I know what % of this ingredient to use so I can get the same cleansing effect as...

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Q&A: What can I use instead of Lauryl Alcohol in this manufacturer’s formula?

In the May Q&A post, Liza asked, Is there anything I could use (that is available in Canada) as an alternative to Lauryl Alcohol at 2.5% in this Stepan conditioner formula? Great question! When I’m thinking about making a substitution, I go through a bit of a process. One, I need to know what this...

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