i'm trying to formulate a body wash. i intend for it to have a rich, dense, creamy, luxurious lather and i want the skin to feel clean but soft and not stripped after use. so far, all the formulations i've came up with makes my skin feel stripped and squeaky clean and the lather is weak and on the thinner side. the foam is fine but it's just not nice and dense like how i want it. it didn't thicken either but that's another story
this is latest formula i tried, adds up to 120g:
water 51.3%, 61.56g
sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate (iselux flakes) 12%, 15.6g (80% active matter)
sodium methyl cocoyl taurate 3%, 3.6 g (70% active matter)
cocamidopropyl betaine 10%, 12g (30% active matter)
sodium cocoamphoacetate 7%, 8.4g (44% active matter)
propanediol 1,3 5%, 6g
glycerin 3%, 3.6g
sodium chloride 2%, 2.4g
citric acid around 1.1g, i just added until i got to pH 5 but i can't remember exactly how much i added
sodium phytate 0.2%, 0.24g
dermosoft 1388 eco 4%, 4.8g
glyceryl caprylate 1%, 1.2g
glyceryl oleate, 0.5%, 0.6g
i'm aware that nothing foams as nicely as sulfates but i'm honestly shooting for a sulfate free formula.
i added the glycerin, propanediol and glyceryl oleate because i thought they would help it feel less drying and harsh but they didn't make any difference compared to the formulations i tried that didn't include them.
any advice to make this foam nicer and feel gentler?