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

A clear yellow, viscous liquid. 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.

Inci:

MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
The individual materials that make up Alpha are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
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.

Other
Use 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.

Suggested Blends
Works very with with Sugar (surfactant) and Beta T.

Cautions/Contraindications
None.
Everyday Conditioning Shampoo
Stage 1: (room temperature)

20% Alpha
10% Sugar
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1.5% Essential Oils of your choice

Stage 2: (room temperature)
61% Boiling Spring Water
1.5% Salt
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5% EcoChic Conditioning Agent

Stage 3: (room temperature)
1% Preservative Eco
100% Total

Method:

Combine Alpha and Sugar together and they will start to thicken. Then stir in the essential oils thoroughly.

Mix the Stage 2 water and salt together. The hot water ensures the salt will dissolve thoroughly. Add the EcoChic and dissolve.

Combine with the Stage 1 mixture and stir thoroughly without creating any foam. Then cool down to below 40°C.

Add the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients and stir gently to combine thoroughly.

Check pH to be between 5 and 7. Adjust if needed. Bottle and label.


Dry Hair Shampoo
Stage 1: (room temperature)

15% Alpha
15% Beta T
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1.5% Essential Oils of your choice

Stage 2: (room temperature)
61% Boiling Spring Water
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0.5% Guar Gum
3% Omega Fat Restoring Agent

Stage 3: (room temperature)
3% EcoSilk
1% Preservative Eco
100% Total

Method:

Combine Alpha and Sugar together and they will start to thicken. Then stir in the essential oils thoroughly.

Blend the Omega with the Guar Gum crushing the powder into the liquid. Then stir in to the Stage 1 mixture.

Slowly add the Stage 2 hot water and stir whilst it thickens. Do not create any foam.

Add the Stage 3 (heat sensitive) ingredients and stir gently to combine thoroughly.

Check pH to be between 5 and 7. 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.
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