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  • Color fades completely off in shower gel

    Posted by Vera.urb on June 23, 2023 at 6:57 am


    I have this weird color stability problem with my shower gel. In my formulation I use 1 % solution of these colors: CI 17200 (0,066 %), CI 14700 (0,0195 %). I know it’s not very good if the color is not very intense, but my formulation contains 0.1% Benzophenone-4 and the bottles contain 1% anti-UV protection. The problem is that from one batch of shower gels, the color faded completely off only in some of them. I thought the problem was with the bottles, but the manufacturer denies that there is anything wrong with them. Would anyone please know what else could be causing the discoloration in only some samples?

    Thank you very much for any advice.

    ozgirl replied 1 year ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • ketchito

    June 23, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Did you check if there was a pH drift in the bottles that showed discoloration compared to the others?

    • Vera.urb

      June 26, 2023 at 8:03 am

      Yes I did, the pH remains the same. In the beginning the pH was 4.9, now is 5.0. I guess it’s not much of big difference.

  • ozgirl

    June 26, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    If you have access to a UV spectrophotometer you can check if your bottles contain the UV blocking additive. Run a scan on a piece of one of the UV additive bottles and compare that to a standard bottle. You will see a difference in the UV region of the spectrum.

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