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Sugar Detergent

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A blend of two very gentle foaming agents that are effective but mild on the skin. It is sulfate free and easily biodegradable.

A clear to colourless or light yellow liquid that is a blend of two non-ionic and amphoteric, vegetal based foaming surfactants. It is sulfate free and is compatible with cationic materials. It makes abundant foam and is packaged preservative free.

The Decyl Glucoside is non ionic and creates a very rich lather. It is derived from sugar cane or sugar beet and is very mild and non irritating to the skin. It works very well as a primary surfactant.

The Cocamidopropyl Betaine is amphoteric and creates a very fast, flash foam that makes a lot of bubbles. It is naturally derived from coconut and is gentle enough to be used in facial cleansing products and baby products. It is not really ideal to use it on its own which is why it is blended here with the Decyl Glucoside.

Blending these two together creates a very smooth foam.

pH 4 to 6



Decyl glucoside & Cocamidopropyl Betaine
The individual materials that make up Sugar are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.

Skin Care
Can be used in to make cleansing facial washes, body washes and hand washes. It is very mild to the skin and can buffer the effect of other, more harsh surfactants.

Hair Care
Very effective at making a rich, gentle foam that cleanses effectively without stripping the scalp.

Is sulfate free.

Combines well with cationic agents.

Use at 1% to 35%.

Can be used to solubilise essential oils into water.

Suggested Blends
Works well with Alpha.

Gentle Shampoo
Stage 1: (above 70°C)

30% Sugar
1% Essential Oils of your choice

Stage 2: (room temperature)
1% Cellulose
64% Boiling Spring Water

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
3% EcoChic Conditioning Agent
1% Preservative Eco
100% Total


Stir the essential oils into the Stage 1.

Stir the Stage 2 ingredients together until thickened.

Add to the Stage 1 mixture.

Cool down to below 40°C

Stir in the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients thoroughly. Bottle and label.

Micellar Water
Stage 1: (room temperature)

0.5% Aloe Vera Powder
10% Frankincense Water

Stage 2: (room temperature)
0.5% Allantoin Powder
86% Rose Water
1% Preservative 12

Stage 3: (room temperature)
2% Sugar
100% Total


Whisk the Stage 1 ingredients together.

Whisk the Stage 2 ingredients together ensuring the Allantoin Powder dissolves thoroughly.

Combine all 3 Stages and mix gently but thoroughly. Bottle and label.

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Historical Information
Shampooing habits vary greatly depending on your cultural background as well as the area you live and what is considered to be “normal” where you are.

90% of Japanese people are reported to wash their hair every day as do 80% of North Americans. The European average is 3 times a week and in countries where the hair might be elaborately woven or constructed into a style, possibly only washed every few months.

The use of shampoo dates back to 1762 when barbers used soap shavings and boiled them with herbs in water to create a crude shampoo with some possible hair benefits from the herbs.

The 1950’s saw the development of synthetic surfactants which started the trend to move away from soap based shampoos but it wasn’t until 1987 that a shampoo and conditioning product was released which altered customer habits.
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