#alltheingredients: Sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and disodium cocoyl glutamate (foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant, powder)

I’m always excited to meet new surfactants, and new powdered or flaked surfactants are even more exciting as we have so few available! This one – sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and disodium cocoyl glutamate (DCG) – is an exceptionally mild, conditioning, elegant powdered surfactant that’ll leave your hair and skin feeling awesome after rinsing, suitable...

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#alltheingredients: Decyl glucoside (and) sodium lauroyl lactylate (aka polyglucose/lactylate blend)

I have a post on the site about this ingredient as polyglucose/lactylate blend, but I wanted to update it with all the new information I’ve learned in the last 12 years and with this awesome chart.  The blend of decyl glucoside and sodium lauroyl lactylate can be found under a few different names – Ritafactant 138...

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Q&A: How to figure out what’s an anionic surfactant? What’s a substitute for Stepan-Mild® LSB in a body cleanser?

In the Q&A, Taylor Soapworks (Christy) asked, Hi Susan! More of a praise/comment than a question, but there are questions running through my head, too. I’m having difficulty wrapping my brain around the positively/negatively charged surfactants — but certainly not because you fail to explain — it just hasn’t clicked for me yet. So while bar...

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Creating a liquid clarifying shampoo: Modifying the oily hair versions to be more conditioning with formula (part eight)

Welcome back to this series on creating a clarifying shampoo! In part one, we took a look at all kinds of things, we need to know as we work through this series, like what’s a clarifying shampoo, what’s the deal with surfactants, what does it mean for our ingredients to have a charge, and so...

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Creating a liquid clarifying shampoo: Modifying it for different hair types, acne prone or dandruff with formula (part seven)

Welcome back to this series on creating a clarifying shampoo! In part one, we took a look at all kinds of things, we need to know as we work through this series, like what’s a clarifying shampoo, what’s the deal with surfactants, what does it mean for our ingredients to have a charge, and so...

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