If you've been around this blog any length of time, you'll know how much I love body washes. I design them to be cleansing but moisturizing as I usually don't have much time in the shower to do an emulsified scrub thing or time after a shower to do a whole lotion thing. I try to incorporate as many moisturizing ingredients as possible and increase the mildness without ruining the lather or foam.
BODY WASH WITH FOAMING OAT AND SMO TAURATE
29% distilled water
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
10% foaming oat surfactant
10% SMO taurate
10% chamomile hydrosol
10% witch hazel
5% PEG-7 olivate
3% yerba santa glycoprotein
3% lupine amino acids
2% quaternized soy
2% fragrance or essential oil (I used Sweet Meyer Lemon! Yum!)
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
Use the general surfactant blend instructions. If you want this to be thicker, add 1% liquid Crothix when all the ingredients have been added. Mix and test viscosity. Add another 1% at a time up to 5% to increase viscosity. This recipe required 3% liquid Crothix to thicken to my satisfaction.
I really liked this body wash! Only one problem: The foam wasn't great. I used a pouffy scrubby thing in the shower, and it wasn't lathery and bubbly as I normally like. It was, however, moisturizing and non-drying on my skin., so I can overlook the lack of extreme foaminess. I attribute the skin feel to the mild surfactants and the extra moisturizers in the form of PEG 7-olivate, glycerin, yerba santa glycoprotein, quaternized soy, lupine amino acids, and panthenol.
I chose SMO taurate as a surfactant because it is gentle and suitable for dry skin. I have oily skin, but this time of year, I end up having really dry patches because I don't tend to wear anything with long sleeves or pants in the winter snow and rain. (I'm a very warm person. Us Vikings were designed for the snow and cold!) If you don't have this surfactant, check out the surfactant chart to see a few things you could use instead.
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