Q&A: How would you modify a shampoo bar formula to be a “no more tears” product? Part two, reviewing the solid surfactants

Welcome back to this series on creating a “no more tears” solid shampoo bar! In part one, we reviewed the surfactants that Alexander noted she has in her workshop – sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI), foaming apple surfactant, decyl glucoside, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine – looking at their pH and potential irritation to our eyes. We need another...

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Q&A: How would you modify a shampoo bar formula to be a “no more tears” product?

In this month’s Q&A, Alexandra asked, I have two kids neither of whom are great at keeping shampoo suds out of their eyes. How would you modify a shampoo bar formula to make it a no-tears one? I currently have SCI powder, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, and foaming apple surfactant in my stash, but I’m happy...

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#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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