I have had to formulate a face wash for a very, very sensitive skin so here is the recipe! (the recipe of the previous one is HERE)
From my previous face wash I have changed the combination of surfactants: I have decided to use a mixture of glucosides and I have also added 1% fat (I went for the primrose oil).
This is not a difficult recipe cause it takes only few minutes to make and doesn’t require any special skill! It is actually fool proof! 🙂
[if you don’t know what I am talking about, but would like to know more, you can check HERE or directly go to the Index of the website 😉
If, instead, you know what I am talking about but feel discouraged by the ingredients I am using and don’t know where to find them… go HERE! ]
Let’s go straight to the point 😀
RECIPE: [as always it is intended in %]
Water to 100 (I just explained it! :D)
Xanthan gum 0.5
Preservative (I am using a water soluble one so I am adding it here. I didn’t put the amount because it all depends on which one you are using, so you will calculate according to yours. If, however, you are using an oil soluble preservative, remember that you will have to add it in the mixture of surfactants and not in this phase! 😉 )
Betaine 5 (this is also called trimethylglycine and it is needed in order to make the mixture of surfactants more mild: you can omit it if you don’t have it but your face wash will not result as mild as mine. But don’t worry: will be mild anyway! 😉 )
Decyl Glucoside 5
Lauryl Glucoside 3 (this is not liquid: it is like a white paste and needs to be heated a bit: you will see the pictures later!)
Sodium Lauroyl Cocoamphodiacetate 5 (this is a very thick and mild surfactant)
Capryl/Caprylyl Glucoside 3 (this surfactant is separated from the others only because it has a good solubilizing property and I want it to solubilize my primrose oil and my fragrance!)
Primrose Oil 1 (this was my personal choice for the oil. You can use whichever oil you prefere. In case you suffer from Acne, however, you might want to check here)
Essential Oil (I have used Geranium EO, of course you can use a fragrance oil or and essential oil of your choice!)
Lactic Acid to pH 4.5
1) Mix the Glycerine and the Xanthan Gum, only then add the water little by little and eventually add the betaine and the preservative (IF yours is water-soluble).
This is how your mixture should look like:
As you can notice the surface of the gel is not completely smooth: that’s because I had just made the gel and the xanthan gum still had to hydrate completely, but don’t worry: it won’t look like this forever! 😉
3) Mix the Phase A and the Phase B. They won’t mix evenly but they will probably look like this:
that’s why we are going to use an immersion mixer (paying attention to not add air to the mixture! So just put the mixer in the becher and don’t move it around! 😀 )
Eventually you will have something that looks like this:
Much better huh? 😉
4) Now it is time to solubilize the oils in our capryl/caprylyl glucoside! [ps. if you were using an oil soluble preservative, you could add it here!]
Here is a picture of the glucoside (on the bottom) and the primrose oil (on the surface)
Give it a good stir and this is what you will obtain:
5) Mix the solubilized oil and fragrance to the other ingredients and add the betaine.
6) Check the pH and adjust it to 4.5 using Lactic Acid!
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