Friday, May 6, 2011

Duplicating products: Wipes & towelettes (part 3)

If we want to create a towelette or wipe that will cleanse, we can take a few different routes. We can create something like the basic recipe for a cleansing/moisturizing towelette from yesterday and that should offer a low degree of cleansing without creating a lot of bubbles with a surfactant. Or we can create something like a make-up remover towellete or a face cleansing towelette using a more lotion-y type base.

If I were to make a make-up remover towelette, I'd use my favourite recipe for a make-up remover (from the Herbarie, click here) and soak the microfiber fabric in it. I would also increase the preservative to 0.5% (the maximum suggested usage for liquid Germall Plus).

If you wanted something more lotion-y to take off make-up or cleanse your skin, consider using an 80% or 90% lotion recipe. I like this 80% lotion recipe - click here for a summer time light lotion - but if you want to create one from scratch, then consider using this template for an 80% water lotion recipe. Make up the lotion, soak your microfiber fabric in it, and rejoice!

You can add a little surfactant to this lotion if you want a little more cleansing. Please add an amphoteric (like cocamidopropyl betaine or disodium cocoamphodiacetate) or non-ionic (like decyl glucoside) surfactant to this product as we don't want to mess up the emulsion by using an anionic surfactant! You won't see a ton of bubble-age with this recipe, but the tiny bit of surfactant will make it more cleansing.

75.5% water
3%% humectant of choice
2% surfactant of choice
2% hydrolyzed protein (optional)

8% oils
4% emulsifier
2% thickener

0.5% to 1% preservative
2% panthenol
0.5% extract (optional)
0.5% another extract (optional)

Please follow the basic lotion making instructions for this product! 

All right - let's see if we can duplicate the Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes -- Oil Free tomorrow! 


kontakt said...

Since you don't have a "put general comments here"-page I don't really know where to place this... picking the latest post, then.

When digging in the older material on your blog, I have often missed the monthly archives that many blogs display. You often blog in series, kind of, and it is often useful to read posts that are adjacent in time to the one I found. And sometimes I actually know "I think she wrote about this like a year ago". Then browsing through three months archive would be the best way to find it. And if someone wants to really read through all of your blog, monthly archives is the easiest way to do that.

I realise you have lots of stuff in the margins that you probably find more important. Hopefully you can have a drop down-menu for archives so they don't take much space.

Just a suggestion!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi kontakt. If you scroll down to the bottom of any page and look to the right, you'll see the monthly archives going back to the first post. I think this is really important, that's why it's there!

kontakt said...


I am so ashamed. I always missed that feature on your blog, and it was there all the time! Now at least I know it's there....