Tools & Equipment Needed
0.1g / 0.01g digital weighing scales
pH strip / pH meter
- 28.90 g Distilled water | 57.8%
- 10 g Lavender Hydrosol | 20%
- 2.5 g Green Tea Extract | 5%
- 0.50 g Panthenol (Vitamin B5) | 1%
- 0.05 g Disodium EDTA | 0.1%
- 2.5 g Plantapon LGC Sorb | 5%
- Blend the glycerin and the gums in a glass beaker.
- In another beaker measure out all the Phase A ingredients.
- Now you can add the gum-glycerine to Phase A while stirring well
- Slowly blend the Phase C - surfactant into the mixture of Phase A-B, but be very careful to avoid creating foam
- Because the essential oil needed is a very low amount, you will need to use an accurate scale—preferably one accurate to 0.01g. Add the essential oil and stir well.
- Check that the pH using a pH strip or pH meter, check that the cream has a pH range that is compatible with your chosen preservative. This range is normally indicated by the supplier of the preservative. If your pH isn’t in a suitable range, you can lower it by adding an acid or raise it by adding sodium hydroxide or sodium bicarbonate.
- Finally, blend in the preservative
- Transfer it into the choice of your packaging
- Because this foam wash contains water, you MUST include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. In the event, you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.
- A formula should be written in a percentage of ingredients as well as grams. Our popular formulation calculator can be used to convert from percentages to weight easily. It also gives you warning alert if any of the category ingredients are out of recommended range to make sure the ratios between the ingredients are as desired.
- You can use a different hydrosol instead of the lavender, or you can also use more distilled water instead of a hydrosol.
- If you wish to use more natural chelator, you can use Dermofeel PA-3 to replace Disodium EDTA
- You can always use a different essential oil blend as you wish
- You may wish to replace surfactant Plantapon® LGC Sorb with other suitable surfactants
Adding green tea extract creates a dark orangish solution. However, when jojoba beads added to the mix, it changes to slightly darker greyish gel. If aesthetic is important to you, you can replace green tea extra and add in some interesting herbal extracts in glycerine (aka ‘glycerites’) to give your gel a colourful boost.