So what's the deal with foamer bottles? It's a bottle that foams. You're using very little product to get a big foamy creation, and it's fun! You will use less of the product, which means it lasts longer. (As a family counsellor, I visit a lot of homes. And almost every one has one of these foamer bottles for the kids' hand soap. The companies must be making a fortune!!!)
You want to use about 2/3 water in a foamer bottle so it'll foam. And it is very foamy! You can take your favourite hand soap or facial cleanser and add water to it to use in the bottle, or you can make your own. I know the Herbarie and Making Cosmetics have recipes that are about 80% water - I've chosen to use 26% ingredients, the rest either water, aloe, or hydrosol.
Let's modify the facial cleanser from March 9. (Please click if you want to see the original recipe or why we are using these ingredients.) We aren't going to use Crothix - our goal is a very thin surfactant mix that will go through the foamer bottle and foam! I'm specifically using more aloe and sodium lactate because this will thicken it a tiny bit, and that's not a bad thing. But if you've made surfactant mixes before - body wash, bubble bath, facial cleanser, shampoo - this will seem very very thin to you. It's okay. That's what we want.
FACIAL CLEANSER FOR FOAMER BOTTLES - very oily skin
9% Amphosol CG (coco betaine)
8% LSB (you can use sulfosuccinate here)
10% aloe vera
20% hydrosols - I used chamomile and lavender because I like those
2% hydrolyzed protein
2% sodium lactate
fragrance or essential oils if desired...no more than 1%.
(I didn't use extracts in this one because I forgot!)
Mix all together, then put into the foamer bottle. Use. Enjoy.
Join me tomorrow to have some super happy fun making a facial cleanser more suitable for normal to oily skin.