Is there anyone that has successfully used saponins to formulate shampoo? I know it's made clear that they are extremely difficult to work with and can be very irritating to the eyes. I personally haven't tried yet and I'm not even sure if it's worth the effort. I would like to hear your experience


  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    Saponins can never compete with the price of synthetic detergents, are difficult/near impossible to formulate into an acceptable product where they form a significant proportion of the detergent blend.
    The foam generated by saponins tends to be "dry" and unpleasant - it carries this over to the hair which it is treating.
    As you say, saponins tend to be irritating to the eyes and also to the skin so, all in all, probably best to give it a miss.
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  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Don't do it. Not even close to being worth the headache and expense, and as johnb said, the aesthetics are horrible.
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  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    I have tried numerous versions of the Saponins as well as Soapberry extracts. The foaming is horrible. Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • That's what I thought. I'm glad I asked first. I will just skip saponins all together. Thanks for the input!
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