First let me say, I have no issues with soaping, I use the Gold standard, the Silver standard, and the Bronze standard and the participation trophy in prevention.
But as the proverbial thinker....as I was strolling through the garden this morning, some thoughts came to me. And mainy these thoughts came to me, because I help some beginner natural formulators.
So first let me see if I understand soaping....it is the creation of tiny bubbles on the skin, that give a whitish appearance during rub in. The solution....break the surface tension on these bubbles...so the white bubbles do not create the whitish cast.
So the Gold Standard: Use dimethicone to break surface tension...and it overcomes about every formulation mistake you can throw at it.
Silver Standard: Now I may have silver and bronze transposed...but let's not argue the semantics... Using light weight emollients (often esters) to try and do what dimethicone does...and reduce surface tension. I use Isoamyl Laurate (and others) for this purpose. Obviously this takes many times more the amount of dimethicone, to do an inferior job.
Bronze Standard: I'll toss two things into this grouping.... Using some cetyl alcohol, and Jojoba Floraesters (I use KW-20).
Participation Trophy: Just using less soapy emulsifiers, or if using OliveM 1000, moving it to the water phase. And of course....simply not using too much emulsifier.
So what I would like to challenge is....not a repeat of the above....but what other possible ingredients that are commonly available....might be good at breaking surface tension. The mind naturally goes to light weight emollients, but as the bronze standard reveals....they do not have to be in that category. So even if your idea is only theory, let's chew on it together. I have never been one to think that everything good has already been discovered. I am always looking over the edge....I think the world might be round...not flat!
Throw your ideas out there for peer evaluation...and let's discover together. What hidden gem... can break surface tension effectively...and is not named dimethicone.
Please understand...I use dimethicone, so I am NOT a detractor of dimethicone.
Was there a category I overlooked?