"Natural" Surfactant Base/Blend

Hi Everyone, 

I am trying to determine a "natural and green" of stable foamy surfactant blend to base my shampoo formulations nupon. Its in the infancy stages but I would appreciate some guidances as to how many numbers of secondary surfactants is usually required. 

My novice suggestive combinations are to choose one from each group, however i am not sure which are the more widely available and sensible options to go for. Looking forward to comments.  Thanks. 

Primary (Anionic) 
Sodium C14-16 Alpha Olefin Sulfonate or
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate or 
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate or 
Sodium  Cocoyl Isethionate or 
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosniate or 
Sodium Xylene Sulfonate or 
Tea-Dodecylbenzensulfonate or

Secondary 1 (Amphoteric)
Coco Betaine or 
Cocoamphoacetate or 
Lauroamphoacetate or 
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate or
Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate or

Secondary 2 (Non-Ionic)
Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate

Secondary 3 (Non-Ionic)
Decyl Gluoside

Secondary 4 (Non-Ionic)
Lauryl Gluoside


  • Any pointers as to if I am approaching this the right way, is there some surfactants within this group which you strongly recommend or strongly not recommend? 

  • LongXiLongXi Member, PCF student
    As a fellow novice, if I was tackling this problem, I would look at the formulas of other companies in the same/similar market to see how many surfactants they use. Collect data from 5 to 10 of the most popular brands in your market regarding this information, then synthesize it and find the average # and the most popular choices of surfactants. This will give you a good idea of where to start and then you just do a few experiments to see which combination you like.

    If you are trying to figure out which are "natural" or "naturally-derived" (it's unclear to me if this is part of your concern) you can research that very easily by checking various supplier listings or checking for Ecocert/COSMOS certification.
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