Q&A: Why is there white sediment at the bottom of my foaming face wash bottle?

In the monthly Q&A, Chavi asked, Hi Susan! I made the attached formula for a foaming face wash. I needed to adjust pH and I did so using some citric acid solution. The next day, I noticed some white settling on the bottom; it disperses when shaken but then resettles. Any idea what it is or why this...

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Creating a cranberry, cornsilk & carrot foaming hand & facial cleanser! (Long post, four parts in one)

I love a good multiuse product, so I set out to create a product that would clean both my hands and face, dispensed from a foamer bottle. Luckily, the concepts are very similar – we want something that foams enough to feel cleansing but rinses off cleanly so we don’t have that dry or tacky...

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#alltheingredients: Disodium 2-sulfolaurate (aka Disodium 2-sulfododecanoate) – a foamy, bubbly, lathery™ powdered or pasty surfactant!

In the monthly Q&A, Chavi asked, Hi Susan! Amazon just recently recommended me the surfactant Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate Powder. I was wondering if you could share more information about what it is, how it can be used or what it can be substituted for. Thanks! Great question! I love delving into new surfactants, so let’s take a look at...

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Q&A: How can we best thicken low pH face cleansers or body washes/shower gels?

In the monthly Q&A post, Allison asked, Hello there! I hope the start of fall where you are at is lovely! I have a question about thickening low-pH face and body washes. I have a heck of a time thickening anything with a pH less than 5. Crothix is usually a winner for me but...

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Q&A quickie: What can you substitute for LSB in a solid shampoo bar (syndet bar)?

I don’t think we can find the surfactant blend called LSB any more – in North America at least – as it’s been altered to have a very short shelf life of 6 months, so what can you do as a replacement? The short answer is that you can use any liquid surfactant suitable for...

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