Foam Booster for Natural Products


I am currently in search of foam boosters for Natural shampoo and body wash.

Please do you know of any or how I can come about it as they rarely foam and the testers have to pour so much to have a decent foam.



  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    How do you define "Natural"?
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Bobzchemist - That is always the most important first question when talking about 'natural' cosmetics.

    By some definitions of natural, it is impossible to make a natural shampoo and body wash.  There are no shampoo bushes or body wash trees.
  • We make "natural" body wash via saponification of whole plant oils. Agreed, not from a "body wash tree," but perhaps a bit closer to nature than some of the synthetic surfactants currently in use. For manufacturers like us, the use of the word "natural" differentiates us from the majority using synthetic surfactants.   I know the word "natural" is a red flag to you guys, and I understand that.

    To the original question ".....they rarely foam and the testers have to pour so much to have a decent foam."  Not a problem we have heard back from customers using our products made via saponification of whole plant oils. The secret is in the choice of oils. Our face wash is made from saponified extra virgin olive oil, and this does foam a bit less than the others, but is our biggest seller under our own brand and other brands we manufacture for. To-date have not had a single customer complaint.
    Dr. Mike Thair
    Cofounder & Chief Formulator
    Indochine Natural
  • Well, I mean everything used in the production are Natural Produce and Oils mostly using African Black Soap as the soap base...

    ...I am open to corrections.
  • @Perry There's the soapnut tree though  :p
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    edited March 2017
    Yes, there are actually two natural surfactants that I work with, one of them is NOP certified and, as Christopher pointed out, one is from the Soapnut Tree that has been used for centuries in South America.

    If you want a really good natural foamer take a look at Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals & Clean Beauty arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program/Clean At Sephora/Credo Clean guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    See website for details
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
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