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  • Hair foam formula turning cloudy

    Posted by KatieW on February 23, 2024 at 10:01 am

    Hi everyone,

    Hoping I can pick your brain! I’ve been formulating a hair foam for around 6 months now. The initial couple of batches came out crystal clear, all batches after that have become cloudy. I have changed the order of how I mix the ingredients countless times now, still no joy. This is my current way:

    Phase A:

    Water - 73.9%

    DL Panthenol - 1%

    Cetrimonium chloride - 1%

    Wheat protein - 4%

    Polyquaternium 7 - 1%

    Pentylene Glycol - 3%

    Sodium Lactate - 4%

    Sodium Benzoate & Potassium Sorbate - 1.5%

    Phase B:

    Polysorbate 20 - 1%

    Essentials oils (Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lemongrass, Lemon, Red Mandarin, May Chang) - 0.9%

    Vitamin E oil - 0.5%

    Decoy Glucoside - 3%

    Glycerine - 3%

    Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside - 1%

    Lamesoft - 1%

    Phase C: Xylitol - 0.2%

    My lab has been getting quite cold, so I have now started heating phase A & B to 50 degrees and then emulsifying them. Then I add Phase C last. The formula is crystal clear, until it cools.

    If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them - thank you so much in advance!

    ketchito replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • PhilGeis

    February 23, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    Katie - check it for microbial contamination.

  • Onur

    February 24, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Do you use distilled water? The essential oils or your Vitamin E might contain carrier oils that could cause cloudiness. You might want to reduce the amount of Vitamin E if it’s not necessary. Substitute the reduced amount with EDTA.

    Adding a minute amount of PEG-12 Dimethicone (like 0.5%) might be helpful to maintain the clarity of the formula, too.

    • KatieW

      February 24, 2024 at 9:56 am

      I have literally just discovered today that it’s the Vitamin E oil! I made a batch without it and it’s crystal clear. I only add the Vitamin E oil to the formula, to prevent the EOs from oxidising. Do I still need to keep the Vitamin E in the formula for this very reason? Is there something I can use as an alternative? Thanks so much!

      • Onur

        February 24, 2024 at 10:06 am

        Yes. Oryzanol + Disodium EDTA.

  • ketchito

    February 27, 2024 at 6:05 am

    Vitamin E (Tocopherols, not the Acetate form) is an antioxidant, and very low amounts are usually needed. I’d recommend you to keep it but in a dose around 0.1%.

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