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Alpha Detergent


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Inci:MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine

A very effective, biodegradable surfactant which thickens easily to make foaming shampoos that are effective even in hard water areas.

Unfortunately due to manufacturing issues with our supplier, there is a worldwide shortage of this material and we are unable to confirm when the next batch of Alpha will arrive. We are looking into possible replacements.


Alpha Detergent is a clear, viscous liquid with a yellow tint. It has a high lathering power even in hard water.
The Mipa-Laureth Sulphate is a very mild anionic (negatively charged) surfactant. It is produced from palm oil and has a much higher oil content (up to 30%) than other surfactants do. This makes it much less drying and harsh. It is also biodegradable.
The Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a very mild amphoteric surfactant made from coconut oil. It functions as a co-surfactant and a good thickener that offers some conditioning effect.
Depending on what the pH is, it can be either anionic or cationic. It makes a good flash foam and stabilises the foam of the entire mix. When it is combined with the anionic Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, it increases the viscosity of the product and makes it more anti-static. When it is cationic, it makes the mixture even more mild.
The individual materials that make up Alpha are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing).


Use in formulations at up to 25%.
Essential Oils can often change the thickness of a finished shampoo and the citrus oils do this quite noticeably. If you add the essential oils or fragrance oils to the Alpha before mixing, the resulting texture is improved.
If stored in a cold room, it can get very thick in the bottle. Bring to room temperature before using or warm slightly in a water bath to make it pourable again.
It works very well in recipes combined with Sugar Detergent and Beta T.
Skin Care
Excellent cleansing ability make this a good choice for body washes and hand washes.
Hair Care
Very good foaming properties make this a good choice for shampoos and cleansing products.


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