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Foaming Apple Rose Cleanser

Surfactants, particularly green surfactants can be hard-working yet gentle. In cleansers like body wash, facial cleansers, shampoos, and conditioners, surfactants remove makeup/product, dirt and excess oils. They are surface active agents. This may surprise you, but not all surfactants are able to remove dirt and create foam. Foam is not a determining factor in how well a product cleanses. Actually, "some surfactants act as anti-foam agents to reduce or inhibit foam formation."*

I've been playing with two new green surfactants . . .But wait--what is a green surfactant you ask? Excellent question. To be quite honest with you, there is no accepted definition of a green surfactant. It means different things to different people. One formulators or beauty brand's definition may be a bit different from another's. A green surfactant could include:

-its biodegradable

-naturally derived

-lower environmental footprint

-ingredients are ethically sourced

-not animal by-product

-from renewable resources

So which ones did I choose? Well, I'm glad you asked. I chose decyl glucoside and foaming apple. Decyl Glucoside is made from sugars and fatty alcohols found in coconuts, making it naturally derived and renewable. It produces a mild foam and makes a gentle cleanser.

Foaming apple comes from amino acids in apple juice. It is very mild and produces abundant foam. It is also biodegradable and respectful of the skin's barrier.

In a study project for Formula Botanica, I experimented with using these two surfactants on their own and in different ratios to each other. The formulation I'm sharing with you today is my favorite. It's very simple to make and only requires are few ingredients.

You will need:

  • 1 60 ml foaming bottle (I purchased mine from Amazon)

  • 2 glass beakers

  • a stirring rod

  • a jewelry scale

  • pippettes

  • distilled water

  • rose hydrosol

  • vegetable glycerin

  • foaming apple surfactant (I purchased mine on www.lotioncrafter.com)

  • preservative, such as Geogard ECT

  • PH meter or strips

  • citric acid or sodium bicarbonate to adjust PH

The Recipe: Foaming Apple Rose Cleanser

bath size 60 grams

39.6 grams distilled water

12 grams rose hydrosol

1.8 grams glycerin

6 grams foaming apple

.6 grams preservative


On jewelers scale, use a beaker to weigh out glycerin, foaming apple, and preservative. In a separate beaker weigh distilled water and hydrosol. Stir with glass rod or small spatula. Slowly add water/hydrosol to surfactant/glycerin/preservative. Stir to combine, but beware that stirring can produce foam. Check the PH and adjust as needed. Ideally, it should be between 4 and 6. Pour into foaming pump bottle, screw on the lid. Label and enjoy. It has a light rose scent and feels light and silky on the skin. I've even used it to remove eye makeup, granted I don't wear allot of it!

You'll notice I do not use decyl glucoside at all in this recipe. That is because I didn't notice a big different when using part say 7 parts foaming apple to 3 parts decyle glucoside. I didn't like the color and decyl glucoside doesn't foam as much. Even though, yes, foam is not an indicator of how well a prdouct cleanses, I prefer the performance of foaming apple. You are free to experiment with both and decide for yourself or try an entirely different green surfactant. I just didn't see the point in using both in my formulation.

Happy kitchen-play!!

*quote from Formula Botanica

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