Hello there! 😀
I am not sure if I ever told you that there is a way to preserve our detergents with SUGAR 😀
Well, this is a recipe for a very very delicate face wash 😉
Sugar at low concentration is very loved by bacteria, BUT at very high concentration (around 35%) it is definitely too much for them.
I use FRUCTOSE in this recipe simply because it feels the best on the skin (it makes the detergent feel very silky and smooth), while other kinds of sugars don’t make the same effect.
Another good news about using sugar in the detergent is that it actually makes the detergent much milder and thicker! 😀
So, no drawbacks?
Yes and no 😀
The thing is that we cannot use this preserving system in every cosmetic (obviously). Just imagine how sticky a cream would be, or how it would glue the hair if we used this in a shampoo or an hair conditioner 😀 BUT at the same time, for bubble baths, or face wash I think this is a very good preserving system 😉
Now… straight to the recipe! 😀
[If this is the first time you are on my blog… you might want to learn the basics first! Check HERE the list of all the recipes and the theory-posts. Also, if you have no idea where to buy these ingredients, I made a post with a list of online shops where you might find what you are looking for. Check HERE]
Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate 5 (this is a very delicate surfactant. The bad side is that it might be a little bit smelly and it’s color is amber and therefore it doesn’t allow you to make a very clear detergent if that’s what you are looking for. The good news is that, with just a concentration of 5% it doesn’t bring too much bad smell or color to the detergent).
Decyl Glucoside 4 (I am also using a combination of glucosides: they are also quite delicate surfactants, specially at this concentration 😉 )
Lauryl Glucoside 3
Coco Glucoside & Gliceryl Oleate 2
Essential Oil or Fragrance oil (enough) 😀
Water to 100
Fructose 45 (it would be effective already at 35%, but I prefer to use higher amount in this recipe for a couple of reasons: the first is that I want to be really really sure that I have added enough sugar to have my face wash preserved, the second is that, being a face wash, it has very low amount of surfactants and they wouldn’t make my face wash thick enough… since the fructose helps thickening the detergent, I decided to avoid adding a gelling agent and I choose to increase the fructose percentage)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine 3 (this surfactant is to improve the foam)
Check the pH and (if needed) adjust to 5.5 (how to adjust? if it is too low (but it shouldn’t result too low) you can add a few drops of solution of water and sodium hydroxide; if it is too high you can add a little bit of citric acid) – obviously, once you add the pH adjusters… you check the pH again and continue until you reach your 5.5 pH. 😉
Procedure is extremely simple!
Here an easy “how to”:
[Notice that my picture show you how to make one Kg of face wash. The recipe above is simply for 100 grams but the procedure is the same]
Hope you enjoyed this extremely simple recipe for face wash! 😀
HAVE A GREAT DAY!! 😀