First single formula issue of Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry – One shampoo bar, four ways.

This is the first single formula issue of Adventures in Cosmetic Chemistry – One shampoo bar, four ways. In this edition, we’re using sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and SLSa along with a few different liquid surfactants, proteins, conditioning ingredients, and humectants to create pH balanced shampoo bars, then modify them to become clarifying, moisturizing, conditioning, and...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Why does my hair feel nicer with shampoo bars? And why can’t we use Incroquat BTMS-50 in a liquid shampoo?

In the June Q&A, Melanie asked: I have a question about shampoo. I have been making your basic shampoo recipe. I then became intrigued by the concept of shampoo bars. I made some and find they are so much nicer on my processed hair, which tends to be dry. I do however, find a liquid more...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Modifying the base formula with different surfactants

On Tuesday, we made it to the base formula for making pH balanced shampoo bars using ingredients that’d keep the pH in the right range for our hair of pH 4 to 7. Let’s take a look at some potential modifications for that formula. Here are the links we’ll be using as we make these...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: A base formula

We’ve spent the last week looking at different ingredients we could use in a solid shampoo bar that’s pH balanced to be between 4 to 6.5, which is the right acidic range for our hair. When I create shampoo bars, I prefer to use sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI, which comes in noodles, prills, powders,...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Exfoliating botanical extracts

As we saw yesterday, there are all kinds of different botanical extracts we can add to our shampoo to make it just that little bit more awesome! Today, let’s add some exfoliating extracts to help with dandruff or dry skin. The goal is to use extracts and ingredients that cause desquamation or the process of...

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