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  • Is this foam or conditioner separation 1 hour later on top of product?

    Posted by Abdullah on April 20, 2022 at 7:03 am

    I made this simple conditioner an hour ago.

    Water
    BTMS 25 2%
    Citric acid 0.2% to pH 4.
    NACL 0.05%
    Formalin 0.1%

    Sample size 300g. Mixed with stick blender.

    After sample was made everything was homogenous.
    At bottling is was low viscosity but not water thin.
    After one hour, there is a thin white layer on top as in photo. 

    Is this the bubbles introduced during mixing that is coming out of formula or the formula is separating?

    Quimico replied 2 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 12 Replies
  • 12 Replies
  • justaerin

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Looks like separation to me.

  • OldPerry

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Looks like foam to me.

    Put it in an oven to warm it up and see if it disappears in a couple hours. If it does, it was foam. If not, it is separation.

  • Abdullah

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    @Perry should i warm it to what degree temperature? 

  • Paprik

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    It looks like foam to me too. 
    Heat it to 35 - 40°C. As you would do your stability testing. 

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Spray it with Isopropyl alcohol. If it’s a foam it will collapse.

  • Abdullah

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Paprik said:

    It looks like foam to me too. 
    Heat it to 35 - 40°C. As you would do your stability testing. 

    Thanks

  • Abdullah

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Spray it with Isopropyl alcohol. If it’s a foam it will collapse.

    I have ethanol. Does it work?

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    April 22, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I understand that both ethanol and isopropyl alcohol have much lower surface tension than water and break foam bubbles. But I only tried it with isopropyl alcohol because that’s what I have

  • Abdullah

    Member
    April 23, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I understand that both ethanol and isopropyl alcohol have much lower surface tension than water and break foam bubbles. But I only tried it with isopropyl alcohol because that’s what I have

    Thanks 

    Fortunately it was just foam

  • Paprik

    Member
    April 25, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for the update Abdullah :) good to hear!

  • justaerin

    Member
    April 25, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    I’m glad I was wrong!

  • Quimico

    Member
    May 1, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Simple recipe works well
    Water phase
    1. Water
    2. EDTA            0.1
    3. Glycerol                         2
    4. Cetrimonium chloride     2
    Oil phase
    1. Cetearyl alcohol            5
    Heat separated to 78© add oil to water mix for 20 min 

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