Salts (magnesium and citrates) causing transparency loss in cleansing formulation
Some insight from all you mighty formulators.
I’m trying to make a transparent handwash liquid with mainly SLES and LAS. After all the ingredients are added, my solution is translucent but runny. I gather from the discussions here and the books I have read that I should try to experiment with magnesium and citrate salts to thicken the formulation in the end (causing the spherical small micelles to transition into worm like bigger micelles -> viscosity increases). The problem is that as soon as I mix these salts, my sample looses all its transparency and is completely white. I have also tried Sodium salts and citric acid instead… nothing helped.
So I’d like to find out
1. if there are other options to adding these salts?
2. if these salts have any other function in the formulation (such as preservative or foam enhancer or something)?
3. If not, can polymer additives work for viscosity increment problem?
4. If yes, what (and how, if possible)?
5. For chemists who are in similar <transparent liquid> boats, what do you do to resolve the transparency issues?
Thanks so much.
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