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December 2023 - Liquid Body Wash

Courtesy of Susan Barclay-Nichols, aka Swift Crafty Monkey

Suitable for dry skin:

Surfactant Phase:
Cocamidapropyl Betaine 10%
BSB 20%
Glycerine 5%
Propanediol 1,3 3%
Honeyquat PF 3%
Manuka Honey Liquid Extract 3%
Water Phase:
Distilled Water 22.5%
Aloe Vera (100x, reconstituted) 10%
Olivem 300 10%
Calendula Liquid Extract 3%
Plant Keratin 3%
Chamomile Liquid Extract 2%
DL-Panthenol 2%
Germall Plus Liquid 0.5%
Fragrance or Essential Oil 1%
 

Only if you need it: Up to 2% Liquid Crothix Thickener

 

Suitable for oily skin:

Surfactant Phase:
DLS Mild 15%
Bio-Terge AS40 15%
Cocamidapropyl Betaine 10%
Glycerine 5%
Propanediol 1,3 3%
Honeyquat PF 3%
Manuka Honey Liquid Extract 3%
Water Phase:
Distilled Water 24.5%
Aloe Vera (100x, reconstituted) 10%
Calendula Liquid Extract 3%
Plant Keratin 3%
Chamomile Liquid Extract 2%
Germall Plus Liquid 0.5%
Fragrance or Essential Oil 1%

 Only if you need it: Up to 2% Liquid Crothix Thickener

Instructions:

  1. Weigh the surfactants into a container and mix them together until uniform. Try not to get too many bubbles as they will mess with the volume of the product. (I mean don’t whip it into a foam. You can mix it with a fork gently.) If you can’t get them mixed well, consider warming them slightly in a double boiler, then mixing. 
  2. Once uniform, mix in the distilled water and preservative. Mix.
  3. You can add the fragrance/essential oil at any point, but definitely add it before the thickener as it can have a huge impact on viscosity. Vanillas may thin the body wash, citrus may thicken. I like to add my FO/EO, then leave it fir a few hours to overnight to reach the final viscosity before thickening.
  4. Check the viscosity. If you want it to be thicker, then add 0.5% to 1% liquid Crothix and mix well. If you’d like it to be thicker, add 0.5% to 1% Crothix and mix well, and so on until you get the viscosity you want. Don’t be impatient with Crothix: Adding 1% can mean the difference between water and jelly, so be slow and mix it well before adding the next little bit.
  5. Put into a disc cap or pump bottle and enjoy!