Homemade cleansing conditioner using store bought conditioner and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate powder?

First, what percentages of conditioner and SCI powder should I use if SCI is the only surfactant, and would I also need to add an emulsifier for the body wash to rinse of completely since SCI is insoluble in water? If so, how much emulsifier? I currently have some polysorbate 80 at home. 

Then, how would I go about actually putting all of the ingredients together to correctly create the cleansing conditioner?


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    The only way you could get an answer to this is to experiment with it yourself. We know nothing about the conditioner and nothing about what you want, in terms of performance, from the product.

    My suggestion is to start with a 50:50 mix.  If it doesn't get what you want, cut it in half, so a 25:75.  If that doesn't work go to 12:88.

    There isn't an answer here except you've got to experiment.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    What you would have to do is melt the SCI in hot water and then mix the water in which the SCI is dissolved with the conditioner.  That will probably reduce the viscosity considerably.

    It would be much easier if you just added 10% of a liquid surfactant to the conditioner and mixed to make it homogeneous.  SCI, because it is a solid that will only dissolve in hot water is not a good choice for this.  You could add virtually any liquid surfactant that you wanted.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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