BODY WASH WITH FOAMING OAT AND SMO TAURATE
29% distilled water
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
10% foaming oat surfactant
10% SMO taurate
10% chamomile hydrosol
10% witch hazel
5% PEG-7 olivate
3% yerba santa glycoprotein
3% lupine amino acids
2% quaternized soy
2% fragrance or essential oil (I used Sweet Meyer Lemon! Yum!)
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
Use the general surfactant blend instructions. If you want this to be thicker, add 1% liquid Crothix when all the ingredients have been added. Mix and test viscosity. Add another 1% at a time up to 5% to increase viscosity. This recipe required 3% liquid Crothix to thicken to my satisfaction.
I chose SMO taurate as a surfactant because it is gentle and suitable for dry skin. I have oily skin, but this time of year, I end up having really dry patches because I don't tend to wear anything with long sleeves or pants in the winter snow and rain. (I'm a very warm person. Us Vikings were designed for the snow and cold!) If you don't have this surfactant, check out the surfactant chart to see a few things you could use instead.
And you can substitute other ingredients for the ones I've used. For the PEG-7 olivate, you can use any water soluble oil you might have, like water soluble shea. For the quaternized soy, any of the cationic polymers will do nicely. For the lupine amino acids, any hydrolyzed protein would be a great addition. I don't know what you'd substitute for the yerba santa glycoprotein as it's kind of a unique ingredient, but aloe vera would be very nice.
You can make this recipe with so many variations, it would take me years to go over them, so I'm going to suggest doing a search for "body wash" to see all the versions I've made over the years or check out the surfactant based products, not including shampoo section of the blog!
As an aside, did you notice the colour difference between the two photos? The first was taken the day I made it, the second about two weeks later. The Sweet Meyer Lemon fragrance oil made it more orange. I like it! But it is something to consider, how your fragrance or essential oils will colour your products. This is one of the reasons we say it takes time to know how a product will morph after making it!
Join me tomorrow for more fun formulating!