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  • Problems with Shampoo

    Posted by Juanchoalfaro on July 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Hello Everybody, congrats for this helpfull and wonderful forum and site where you learn a lot.

    My name is Juan Alfaro, I live in El Salvador, Central America. And I am still learning about the big and fascinating world of the cosmetic industry. I want to ask you a question that is concerning me with the Shampoo I am working.
    In my country, is really difficult to find surfactants, the ones i found are: Lauryl Ether Sodium Sulfate, CAPB, Cocamide DEA, so i started to work with them to create a mix of surfactants. I am using the following percentages: 12% of LESS (70%), 10 % of CAPB and 5% of Cocamide DEA. Then i am using other things like Polyquaternium 7, Pantenol, Hidrolyzed Keratin, Tocopherol, Oat extract, NaCl, Aloe Vera Extract, Fragance, Preservant. 
    I am having problem with the result, the hair after using is not soft, feel rough and it is not hydrating correctly the hair. I have been working changing the amount of surfactant, adding more conditioning agent, more extract but it is always the same, the PH of my shampoo is 5.5. 
    I kindly ask you for your help, because i can´t identify where the problem is, I have been working for several month in this, but can´t find a solution for my shampoo. What else can i add to impove the shampoo? is correct the amount of surfactants and the type i am using? (i don´t have any other surfactant to work with them now, i have to import from other countries to test) 
    I appreciate your attention and help.
    Juanchoalfaro replied 10 years ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • heraklit

    July 17, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Τry reducing the content of surfactants and add glycerin.

  • Bobzchemist

    July 17, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Lower pH to about 4

  • DavidW

    July 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    ^^^ What he said above

  • Juanchoalfaro

    July 21, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hi all, thank you for your advices, i will try a test batch with the recommendation of Bob and Heraklit and will let you know what happens. 

    Kind Regards,

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