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  • Micellar water ph

    Posted by Mohammad on March 2, 2023 at 6:16 am

    Hello, I have formulated a micellar water, but I have a problem, when I raise the ph to 5.5, the solution becomes cloudy. How do I fix this problem?

    Richard replied 11 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • MarkBroussard

    March 2, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Why are you trying to raise the pH? If you Micellar Cleanser has a pH below 5.5, better for preservation. There really isn’t any benefit to raising the pH.

    • Mohammad

      March 3, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      Sorry, what I mean is that when I try to bring the ph from 7.5 to below 6, the solution becomes cloudy

  • Paprik

    March 2, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    I second Mark.

    But if you would like to know the reason why it is getting cloudy you would need to provide full formula.

    • Mohammad

      March 3, 2023 at 3:07 pm

      Pahse A:


      EDTA2 Sodium


      Cocamidopropyl betaine


      Butyl glycol



      Pahse B:

      Sodium lauryl sarcosinate

      PG40 hydrogenate caster oil

      Phenoxy etanol ethylhexil geliceryn

      Pahse c:


      Citric acid

  • ketchito

    March 3, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    Could you do a knock-out test, removing your CAPB?

  • pharmacist

    July 23, 2023 at 2:19 am


    i have this problem as well ????

  • chemicalmatt

    July 24, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve been doing this cosmetic science gig for >40 years. Can someone explain to me what the heck is implied, explained or described - preferably in physical chemistry lexicon - by “micellar water”? I’ve long considered this a marketing scam.

  • Richard

    July 24, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Remove the urea and reduce surfactant level. Urea is going to keep the pH up anyway.

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