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  • What is your favorite mild surfactant (if price is not a concern)?

    Posted by suswang8 on February 25, 2024 at 11:07 am

    I am hearing that sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (SCMT) “checks all the boxes” in that it produces a decent amount of foam and thickens pretty well, in addition to being a natural, gentle anionic? The price is a bit outrageous, but perhaps it is worth it?

    I have previously tried disodium/sodium cocoyl glutamate, which I believe is regarded as similarly gentle but neither thickens as well nor foams as much as SCMT(?), and coco-glucoside.

    Thank you.

    oldman20 replied 1 month, 4 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Onur

    February 25, 2024 at 11:58 am

    I’ll answer the question in the title. My fav combo is:

    Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate
    Zinc Coceth Sulfate
    Sodium Cocoamphoacetate

    They’re very gentle and they do provide amazing foam and luxurious after-feel, especially for cleanser gel systems.

    For shampoos, my hair loves coco glucoside & glyceryl oleate combo along with CAPB & SCI. There’s no one-size-fits-all ingredient in cosmetics, each one might become handy for a particular purpose.

  • suswang8

    February 25, 2024 at 6:41 pm

    Apologies: I should have clarified that I was speaking about surfactants for shampoos. Forgot to mention that bit.

    Thank you.

  • oldman20

    February 25, 2024 at 7:43 pm

    i will like CAPB, at least this time

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