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    Posted by MurtazaHakim on May 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Greetings to the forum members.

    The topic seems to be repetitive. What could be the reason for discoloration of a liquid soap with Sodium Laureth Sulphate as the primary surfactant ??? The surprising fact is that there is no discoloration when the liquid soap is filled in HDPE canisters whereas when filled in transparent PET bottles the color fades within a week and completely vanishes within 2 weeks. The colorant is Carmoisine 25% which has been used in other products without any difficulties or discoloration. The fragrance could be a possibility for discoloration but how ??? Another common reason for discoloration is pH level but in that case discoloration should appear in all types of packaging be it HDPE or PET. 

    The diagnosis and troubleshooting of this issue should be an easy task for an expert chemist but lack of formal training renders it a mysterious expedition for a novice. 

    MurtazaHakim replied 3 years ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • chemicalmatt

    May 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    @MurtazaHakim you are correct that this is a recurrent issue. UV stabilization affects many ingredients, CI colorants only the most commonly seen. CBD oil is another one; why most CBD purveyors package in amber PET or PP, double-wall jars, pouches. You’ll want to add a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) such as Uvasorb HEB (3V Sigma) or one of the BASF Tinuvins. Just adding 0.05% Benzephenone can help, though it’s extinction coefficient is smaller than the HALS. 

  • MurtazaHakim

    May 17, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Can using expired fragrance in the product result in discoloration ???

  • OldPerry

    May 17, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    @MurtazaHakim -  Yes.

  • MurtazaHakim

    May 20, 2021 at 6:01 am

    I have observed majority of products with Benzophenone-4 used for color stability. What is the recommended dosage of Benzophenone-4 for liquid hand soaps ???

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