Q&A: What’s the safe as used percentage for sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI)?

Rochelle asked in the Q&A for October, I have read a few conflicting stories/posts from different formulation type blogs about the safe usage levels of sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) in solid products like shampoo bars. One school of thought seems to be that the maximum usage rate of SCI is 49.5% (or thereabouts) and the...

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#alltheingredients: Sodium cocoyl methyl isethionate (SCMI) – foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant

Let’s say hello to a new solid foamy, bubbly, lathery™ surfactant in my workshop – sodium cocoyl methyl isethionate (SCMI)! It’s an anionic (negatively charged), ester based, solid surfactant in flake form. (You might find it as Pureact SCMI-85 or Iselux SCMI.) It’s considered gentle to mild, and offers thick, dense, creamy, luxurious foam and...

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Questions from the recent Zoom workshop on shampoo bars: More questions!

I’m still going through the chat log for the shampoo bar workshop we held on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 trying to answer the questions I might not have addressed. In today’s post, we’ll review a few general questions about the process of making shampoo bars! Ever wonder why it takes me so long to answer questions? I’ve...

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Questions from the recent Zoom workshop on shampoo bars: Adding emollients

I’m still going through the chat log for the shampoo bar workshop we held on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 trying to answer the questions I might not have addressed. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at adding emollients and other moisturizers. Links for the entire series… In part one, we took a look at how to substitute...

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Questions from the recent Zoom workshop on shampoo bars: Adding conditioners to bars

Thanks for joining me today! In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the questions you had about the pH of the shampoo bars we made in the Zoom workshop on June 14th, 2020. I’ve been going through the chat you were having – which was awesome! – and trying to answer the questions...

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