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    Posted by JellyFishKarma on June 28, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Does the viscosity determine the foaming ability of a foaming component? I have a shampoo that must use a foaming component. I am having a horrible time trying to achieve a nice foam and bubble.

    JellyFishKarma replied 5 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Perry44

    June 28, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    No. Foam and viscosity are not directly related.

    If you list your ingredients maybe someone can give some suggestion on improving foam.

    • JellyFishKarma

      June 28, 2023 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you!! I am trying to get a nice firm foam from a foaming component. I am actually trying to make a mousse type of product that will have a foam texture.

      Water 68.340

      Xanthan gum 0.3%

      DHA 12.0%

      DHA booster 1.0%

      ectoin 0.3%

      propanediol 3.0%

      butylene Glycol 1.0%

      Decyl glucoside/Sodium lauroyl Lactylate 2.00

      glycerin 1.0%

      EDTA 0.05%

      ethoxydiglycol 1.00%

      liquid emulsifier 1.00%

      Polysorbate 20-2.00%

      mango butter 0.5%

      fragrance 0.5%

      preservative 1.00%


      I hope this helps🙂

      • abdullah

        June 29, 2023 at 11:50 am

        What is DHA?

        If you want foam use a surfactant like SLES

        • JellyFishKarma

          June 29, 2023 at 12:35 pm

          Thank you for answering me. DHA is dihydroxyacetone. Must use a non ionic surfactant like decyl glucoside. I am having problems producing a “whipped”like foam. I keep getting a “chunky” foam that goes flat quickly.

      • Perry44

        June 29, 2023 at 1:03 pm

        You have a lot of stuff in there that kills foam.

        Xanthan gum


        butylene Glycol


        mango butter



        Use less of these (or take the out)

        Also, as Abdullah says, using a good foaming surfactant would help too.

        In formulating, if you put ingredient restrictions on yourself you are also putting performance restrictions on yourself.

        You can’t expect a Toyota to go as fast as a Ferrari. Similarly, you can’t expect inferior surfactants to foam as well as the good ones.

  • JellyFishKarma

    June 29, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you Gentlemen. I am assume the glycols are what is diffusing the foam? I am following a vendor formula. They were much help.

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