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  • Alkyl glucosides and CAPB

    Posted by Zoya on July 25, 2023 at 2:41 am


    In the last few months I’m experimenting with surfactants (sulfate-free with ecocert compatible ingredients) and I still feel a little bit lost in this field. I have read lots of patents, magazines and I also tried to follow pre-made recipes from online available sources (i.e happi;personalcare magazine, company formulations, etc.) and have experimented a lot (!) with my ingredients but still haven’t find the least drying and best skin feel version.

    I’m eager to hear about your ‘method’s’: how you develop surfactant systems, what are your steps, and maybe advices on reducing stickiness/tackiness caused by surfactants.

    About my current method: I search for INCI lists which have the same ingredients I do (as a lead) and after examining them, I try to ‘guess’ the percentages. Then I make my samples. When I’m changing something in a sample (percentage for example), I only change one thing at a time, and then, I make my notes. I also bought products wich use the same ingredients and compare my samples to them.

    About my formulation: I would like to develop a really ‘simple’ surfactant system with only two surfactants: a glucoside and a betaine (cocamidopropyl betaine) to make it easier for me. I see lots of products in the market using theese surfactants only (decyl or coco and CAPB) , I also bought a few products to try them out and to compare them to my samples. They feel great on the skin and doesn’t dry it out. Maybe the ‘extra additives’ make such huge differences in skin feel (i.e. pigments or botanical extracts) or maybe I’m still doing something wrong.

    Any suggestions?


    Fekher replied 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Fekher

    July 25, 2023 at 9:03 am

    With CAPB and glycoside as I guess you can reach a quite good product,sure for shampoo you need more ingredients for having a basic free sulfate shampoo so you have to work more for getting better results.

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