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  • self foaming cleanser sediment

    Posted by billichemist on June 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hello guys,

    I have a foaming cleanser that i am having problems with…
    it starts out nice and clear, but after  a day or two, a white sediment starts forming at the bottom. (not solid,)
    here is the formula
    water qs
    decyl gludoside 13%
    sodium lauroyl sarcosinate 3%
    Alcoholic extracts 7.05%
    glycerine 2
    Eucalyptus and lemon myrtle and tea tree oil blend  1.7%
    honeysuckle extract (preservative) 0.3%
    does any one know what this white sediment would be? or what it could be caused by? THe sediment is clogging up the self foaming packing and its causing it to not dispense product … :(
    billichemist replied 8 years, 12 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
  • 7 Replies
  • belassi

    June 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Remove the alcohol extracts and see what happens.

  • Chemist77

    June 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I would try removing the oil as well as a knock out and see while keeping the alcoholic extracts.

  • AuroraBorealis

    June 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Could be mold?  I have a similar system that’s very prone to growth, even when preserved with Optiphen plus. 

  • Bill_Toge

    June 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    what’s the pH of this cleanser?

    (I ask as glucosides contain a lot of insoluble matter at alkaline pH, which clears at neutral or acidic pH)

  • billichemist

    June 18, 2015 at 5:38 am

    @auroraBorealis hmm.. it doens’t look like mould, and its not multiplying!

    @bill_Toge the pH is around 5..
  • Bill_Toge

    June 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    in which case, it could be one of your surfactants crashing out due to the alcohol content

  • billichemist

    June 29, 2015 at 4:22 am

    @bill_toge ahh! whats the science behind that??? 

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