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Oct
21

NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil


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NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance OilNG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil is a fruity scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is fruity blend of various juicy and exotic fruit scents. This fragrance oil is a favorite among many of the Natures Garden team member.  What’s more important though is that our customers love it!  In fact, they have given it a five star rating.  One customer said, “I use this in bath bombs, but WOWZA in CP soap it is amazing. It really holds it own and comes alive.”

What Does NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Compare this fragrance oil by Natures Garden to the smell of Burt’s Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion.  A fragrance cocktail of luscious fruits such as peaches, mandarin oranges, coconut pulp, bergamot, grapefruit, tropical guava, and tangy lemons.

How Do Our Customers Use NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Natures Garden customers that like to create their own room scenting creations can include this fruit fragrance oil in their products. Potpourri and incense can both use this sweet scent at a rate of 50% for this fragrance oil. Any aroma bead projects can use this fragrance oil to make creations with nice, strong scent retention. Scenting homemade cleaning products can be done by adding NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type scent.

NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil Candle Color SuggestionFurther, candle products and other related products can be made with either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax using up to 10% for this scent. Joy wax and wow wax will both perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Soy wax products can include this scent in their recipe and will retain a nice and strong scent. If you want to add colors to your candles related wax products, then we would recommend using either 2 drops orange candle colorant and 2 drops yellow liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or a small amount of shredded yellow and orange color blocks in your melted wax. Just don’t use any crayons as a substitute for coloring your candle products as they will clog your candle’s wick.

How Do Our Customers Use NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers can use this fruity duplicate fragrance oil in their own bath and body creations. Bath gels, bath oils, lotions, perfumes, and other bath and body products with no more than 5% overall. If you want to add color to your bath and body products, then we would recommend using orange soap colorant and yellow liquid soap dye in an amount that you would like. Remember not to use any candle dye in these products as they are not body safe and could potentially stain.

NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil CP Soap DiscolorationAdditionally, this fruity scent can be use to create soap from a variety of different methods. For instance, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have shown that this fragrance oil can be successfully used to make this kind of soap. Not only does this scent provide a perfect pour in the soap, but there are other fantastic characteristics as well. A batch containing this scent will have no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The final product will have a good scent retained after cure. The bars of soap will have no discoloration with this fragrance oil. Also, create strongly scented melt and pour soap recipes with NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil.  Alternatively, you can use this soothing fragrance oil in hot process soap recipes. Whichever method of soap making you choose, we have found this scent creates a strongly scented bar.

NG Baby Bee Buttermilk Type Fragrance Oil Recipe

If you want to use this scent to create a homemade project, then you can feel free to try out our Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe! Not only will this bath project smell great, but it is a simple and easy to follow recipe.

 

Oct
14

Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil


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Beautiful Babe Fragrance OilBeautiful Babe Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil is a romantic floral and fruit fragrance oil by Natures Garden.  This designer duplication is popular among many of our customers.  Whether it is being used in lotions, soaps, candles, or other cosmetic recipes, it is a highly requested aroma.  One of our soap making clients had this to say, “I followed suggestions on your site and soaped at room temperature. Slight acceleration, but that is typical of florals. Soap came out beautifully and super strong!”

What Does Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a rich, romantic, and luxurious scent.  This is the fragrance that makes you feel beautiful.  Delicate white and red roses, heady jasmine and spicy carnations blend with juicy melon and ripe plums, culminate to a sensual finish of precious woods and warming amber.

How Do Our Customers Use Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Any of our customers that enjoy creating homemade room scenting products can include this beautiful scent in their creations. Both potpourri and incense can use this floral scent at a maximum of 50% for this recipe. Homemade cleaning products can use no more than 5% of this fragrance oil in the formulation. Aroma beads can be made with this fragrance oil and will retain a nice and strong scent.

This fragrance oil is compatible with gel wax, however it is still the customers responsibility to test each purchased fragrance. Furthermore, this fruit and floral fragrance oil can be used to scent homemade candle products. Any of these creations that are made with either vegetable waxes of paraffin wax can use up to 10% of this fragrance oil in the recipe. When coloring homemade candles, we recommend using two drops of red liquid candle dye.  Another option is a small amount of shredded red color block per four pounds of wax. Never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

How Do Our Customers Use Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Our customers that like to create bath and body products can use this romantic fragrance oil. Bath gels, bath oils, lotions, melt and pour soaps, cold process soaps, perfumes, and other bath and body products can be created with a maximum fragrance concentration of 5% in their recipes. Many use our unscented bases for a fun and simple way to create cosmetic recipes.

Not only can you include this scent cold process soap, but it will perform very well in these recipes. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results show that this fragrance oil is nearly perfect for this method of soaping. A batch that uses this scent will not have any ricing or separation. Since that batch accelerations, we highly recommend that you soap at room temperature to reduce some of the acceleration . The final soap will retain a strong scent and the bars will discolor to a beige color after cure.  If you are looking to color any of your bath and body products, then we would recommend that you use red or pink liquid soap colorant in your preferred amount to get the best color for this scent. Just never use any candle dye in any body products.

Beautiful Babe Fragrance Oil Solid Lotion RecipeIf you enjoy this scent and natural body products, then you may enjoy creating our Solid Lotion Bar Recipe! This recipe is a simple and great creation to make for this scent. Whether you decide to try out our recipe, or include this scent in your own products, we hope that you enjoy this fragrance oil.

Jul
22

Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil


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Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance OilLemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil is a floral and fruit scent by Natures Garden. While it can be used in a variety of scented candles and bath and body products, many specifically adore it in handmade soap. One reviewer, giving it a perfect rating, says, “Love love love this fragrance, works beautifully, and smells PERFECT. My customers love it, and I am reordering this morning in a larger size. It smells soft and sweet, not too strong, not too weak, just right! I made it in heart shaped and rectangular mold (Nature’s Garden ones with the floral designs on top) and added no color, and they are really really lovely soaps. Thank you, NG!”

What Does Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a garden fresh blend which opens with bright lemon and sweet orange. The citrus tones are lifted with eucalyptus as they lead to a classic lavender bouquet at the heart of the scent. Shimmering green accents create an intriguing freshness for the floral element. At the base of the scent orange blossom blends with a woody tone to support the garden character.

Top Notes:  Lemon, Orange, Eucalyptus, Tangerine
Mid Notes:  Apple Blossoms, Lavender, Neroli, Eucalyptus
Base Notes:  Clove, Green Leaves

How Do Our Customers Use Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil in Bath and Body Recipes?

Bath and body products can be made using this fruity floral fragrance oil. Bath gels, bath oils, soaps, lotions, and so many other bath and body products can be created using a maximum of 5% for this aroma. Also, create your own perfume oils using up to 5% of this lemon scent.

Additionally, this floral and citrus fragrance oil can be added to a variety of different soap making recipes. For example, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this fragrance oil is perfect for making soap with this method. A batch containing this scent will have no ricing, no acceleration and no separation. The final product will have a strong scent retention and the bar of soap will not have any discoloration after the batch cures. If you want to add color to your bath and body creations, then we suggest using purple soap dye in the amount that satisfies you. Just remember to never use candle dye in any body products as they will stain.

How Do Our Customers Use Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil in Room Scenting Recipes?

Our customers can use this lavender and citrus fragrance oil to create their own candle creations. Potpourri and incense can be created using a maximum of 50% for this fragrance oil in their recipes. Also, any homemade cleaning products can be created with no more than 5% of this fragrance oil in the overall formulation. Additionally, the scent will remain nice and strong in aroma bead products.

Furthermore, this fruity floral fragrance oil is great for candle products. Any candle creation that is going to be made with either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can use a maximum of 10% of this fragrance oil. Joy wax and wow wax will both perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Also, this scent will remain nice and strong in candle products that are made from soy wax. When adding color to your candle products, then we suggest a small amount of a shredded purple color block. You could also try two drops of purple liquid candle dye  per four pounds of wax. Remember to never use crayons as a substitute for coloring your candles as they will clog your wick.

Lemon Lavender Fragrance Oil Bath Melts RecipeThose who like our Lemon Lavender Type Fragrance Oil and homemade bath and body products, may find that our Lemon Lavender Bath Melt Recipe is a great project for you.

Jul
15

Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil


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Kissing and Telling Fragrance OilKissing and Telling Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil is a flirty floral scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a passionate floral and fruit scent that utilizes fresh peonies, orchids, and greenery along with juicy passion fruit and grapes in a beautiful fragrance combination. This is a wonderfully feminine scent that can be used for many handmade bath and body or candle recipes. This designer duplication was highly requested and is very popular with our customers.

What Does Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a flirty, colorful blend of succulent purple passion fruit, burgundy Tuscan grapes, sun-kissed yellow peonies, fragrant vanilla orchids, and just a hint of fresh greenery.  Compare to VS bombshell.  An NG Original Scent!

How Do Our Customers Use Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil?

Many of our customers can use this fresh and flirty fragrance oil to create their own room scenting products. Potpourri and incense can be created using a maximum of 50% of Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil in their formulation. Any household cleaning products can be made with no more than 5% of this scent in the formulation. Also, the fragrance oil’s scent will remain nicely in aroma bead recipe, giving a strong scent in the finished product. Additionally, this floral fragrance oil can be used to make recipes for candle creations. Any candle product that is made with either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can include up to 10% of this fragrance oil. Joy Wax and WOW wax will both perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Also, Kissing and Telling scent will remain nice and strong in candle products that are made from soy wax. If you want to add color to your candle products, then we suggest using either three drops of red liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded red color block per four pounds of wax. Remember to never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Homemade bath and body products can be created using this beautifully blended fragrance oil. Bath gels, bath oils, soaps, lotions, and many more bath and body products can be created using a maximum of 5% Kissing and Telling scent. Also, this fragrance oil will perform perfectly in perfumes, as long as there is a fragrance oil concentration of no more than 5%. Moreover, this beautiful bouquet fragrance oil can be used to create soaps using a variety of different methods. For instance, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed that this fragrance oil is a great scent for this method of soap making. A batch containing this scent will have no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The final product will retain a good scent and the bar not have any discoloration. You can also choose to make melt and pour soap or hot process soap with excellent results. If you want to color your bath and body products, then we suggest using red liquid soap dye in an amount that you desire. Just remember to never use candle dye in any body products.

Kissing and Telling Fragrance Oil Bath Jelly Recipe

 

If you are looking for a great bath and body recipe that includes this flirty fragrance oil, then you may want to check out our Foaming Bath Jelly Recipe. This recipe is a simple step by step instruction to help product a perfect bath jelly that smells fantastic!

May
17

Green Tea Fragrance Oil


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Green Tea Fragrance OilGreen Tea Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Green Tea Fragrance Oil is a warm scent by Natures Garden. Green tea is a beverage that can provide coffee-like energy in a way that relaxes you as well, bringing about a calm awareness. This refreshing green tea scent is akin to the relaxing brew of a freshly steeped kettle of tea.

What Does Green Tea Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is the aroma of warm steeping green tea leaves. An absolute wonderful soap scent.

How Do Our Customers Use Green Tea Fragrance Oil?

Our customers can use this warm tea fragrance oil to create a variety of great room scents. First of all, potpourri and incense can be created with up to 50% of this scent. Homemade cleaning products can use no more than 5% of this tea aroma. This scent will be nice and strong in aroma beads. Moreover, this  scent can be used for candle making. Candle products that use either vegetable waxes or paraffin wax can include up to 10% for this fragrance oil.  Joy wax and wow wax will perform perfectly for this fresh tea scent. Also, this scent will perform nice and strong in soy wax. If you want to color your candle creations, then we suggest using either three drops of green liquid candle dye or a small amount of shredded green color block per four pounds of wax.  Remember that you should never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

Our customers can use this green tea aroma in their bath and body products. Bath oils, bath gels, soaps, lotions, and many other types of products can be created using 5% of this fragrance oil. Also, perfumes will perform perfectly for this scent at a fragrance oil concentration of 5%. Additionally, cold process soaps can be created using this scent. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed  that this lovely scent is great for this method of soap making! A batch that includes this fragrance oil will have no ricing, no acceleration, and no separation. The final product will have no discoloration and a strong scent that lasts for a long time without fading in cured soap. If you want to color any of your bath and body products, then we suggest using green liquid soap dye in the amount you desire.  Remember that you should never use any candle dye in your body products.

If you’re looking for a new kind of bath and body recipe that is great and incorporates this green tea scent, then feel free to try our our complimentary Green Tea Blooming Bath Oil Recipe! This awesome bath oil product is an easy recipe that provides step by step instructions for a product that will make for a great bath.  Not only will it enhance your bath time experience, but this green tea scented bath oil will make your skin silky soft and will scent it with our delightful Green Tea Fragrance Oil.

 

Jun
17

Summer Recipes


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summer recipes Best Summer Recipes

The creative team at Natures Garden works diligently everyday creating tried and true recipes for crafters to try.  Whether you are looking to dabble, just starting out, or wanting to try something new; these recipes offer uniqueness, fun, and as always strong and incredible scent.

If you have not seen Natures Garden’s free recipes and classes page, please click on this link.  There you will find hundreds of free recipes for you to use.  Each recipe is categorized accordingly to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

We however wanted to help spotlight some of our favorite summertime recipes.  These recipes have the theme of summer whether it is through the use, the scent, or the concept of the recipe.

After polling the Natures Garden staff, the votes are in and have been tallied.  So, without further adieu; here is Natures Garden’s top picks for best summer recipes and why they are so loved!

The Body Care Category
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe–  “Not only do I absolutely adore how this sugar scrubs looks, but after washing with it your skin just feels amazing!”  -Deborah
Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion–  “I am a huge Shea fan, I love the natural color, the scent, and the silky smoothness of my skin after I apply it.”  -Melissa

The Soap Category
Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe– “Beautiful, clean, and energizing scent to say the least.  With this recipe and scent combination there is tons of time to make beautiful and brightly colored swirls.  A really great wake me up shower scent for those mornings where you are just not feeling it.”  -Nicole
Watermelon Soap Recipe– “First, melt and pour soap is really easy to work with.  Secondly, nothing screams summertime like watermelon!  This project is just too cute.”  -Marsha

The Candle Category
Day at the Beach Candle Recipe– “Hello, this is a vacation in a candle.  It smells and looks just like the beach!”  -Zack
Smores Candle Recipe– “When the weather warms up I am all about being outside.  Having a bonfire is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime, and that just goes hand in hand with smores.”  -Josh

The Lip/Cosmetic Category
Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe– “I have a niece that is a total girly girl.  One weekend we made this together.  It was a breeze.  She really liked the unique flavoring too.  She is a big slushie fan!”  -Atheena
Natural Beet Blush Recipe– “I never knew making your own natural cosmetics like blush was this easy.  It is the perfect hue too.”  -Tammy

The FUN Category
Scented Nail Polish Recipe  “I love to paint my nails and now with this recipe my nails can be scented in whatever I want. I can now scent my nails to match my mood.”  -Bailey
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe  “Rainbow Sherbet is a go to classic for my family during the summer.  This bath fizzies look and smell just like rainbow sherbet.  Easy to make too!”  -Pam

These highly recommended summer recipes are bursting full of summertime fun.  Each one is hyper linked to the individual recipe where will find all of the supplies, weights, and steps.

Enjoy!

Mar
01

What is a Surfactant?


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Have you ever tried to wash dirty dishes equipped only with a sponge and water?  This can be quite a feat.  You will notice that it takes a lot more time and elbow grease to get the job done.  Wondering why this is?  The answer as you will notice right away is that the dish soap is missing.

Did you know that the most eminent surfactant in existence is soap?

Surfactants seem to always get the bad rap.  Many people associate surfactants as bad ingredients to have in your recipes, but truth be told, this statement is not true!  Yes, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a surfactant, and it can be more irritating to your skin than other surfactants, but is it as bad as what you read in the media lately?  It is an urban myth that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes cancer.  Read the truth for yourself.   In fact, many of the surfactants that will be listed in this class are derived from a natural source and they work to improve the integrity and performance of your cosmetic formulations.

Surfactants work with various liquids and substances; including oil and water.  Much like that of the role of the emulsifiers, surfactants have a hydrophilic (water-loving) head, and a lipophilic (oil-loving) tail.  In fact, emulsifiers are surfactants, and surfactants are vital to the industry of bath and body products too.  They comprise the largest category of cosmetic chemicals, and seem to have an endless list of cleansing capabilities.  So, needless to say, there is quite a variety to select from when seeking the perfect surfactant for your recipes.

The main qualifier in deciding which surfactant to use is all based upon the benefit that each surfactant provides.  Just like cold process soaping or any homemade bath and body products, the components that you choose to use in your recipes have a direct beneficial affect on the skin when the recipe is transformed into a finished product.  Therefore, when selecting which surfactant to use; it is just as equally important as to what you are looking to achieve in your finished product.  Each surfactant has key functions in which it will excel and equivocally each will also have other functions where it will be lacking.

The term surfactant is actually a combination of its meaning:  surface acting agent.  Let’s look at it again: surfactant = SURFace ACTing AgeNT.  But the term surfactant is not always the one that everyone sticks with.  It seems that surfactants have several names that all become applicable depending of the role of the surfactant in a specific recipe.  For example, in recipes where foam is the finished product, the surfactant used maybe referred to as foaming agents.  Surfactants used in body recipes, can even be termed as detergents or soaps.  Or, in the example of shaving creams, surfactants are considered lubricants because they protect the skin from irritation and the razor’s sharp edge while still allowing the removal of all of the unwanted hairs.

Everything that a surfactant does occurs at the surface levels of the liquids.  The biggest role that a surfactant has is the capability to lower the surface tension of a liquid.  The reaction which then occurs is the conversing of the liquid (with the lower surface tension) and the additional substance.  To break this down in simpler terms; a surfactant has the power to change the properties of a substance.  This process is known as adsorption.  The term adsorption means:  the gathering of gas or liquid in a condensed layer on the surface.  This condensed layer creates a film which is why the surface tension is lowered.  There are four different categories of classification for surfactants based on their interfaces and charges.  They are: Anionic, Nonionic, Cationic, and Amphoteric.

Education is always a powerful thing, and it is not necessary to completely know the ins and outs of everything surfactants.  But, you will want to have a general idea of each group of surfactants and how they play a role in your finished product.  This is especially true if you are looking to accomplish a “made from scratch” recipe.  It is also beneficial to know a few other things about surfactants too.  This would include information like why the surfactants are grouped or classified together or how/if surfactants work with additional groups of surfactants in a collaborate manner.  Spoiler alert:  Not all surfactants play nice with one another!

Anionic surfactants are considered to be the go to surfactant for many formulations.  This group of surfactants is also the most commonly used among foaming product productions, like shampoos or body washes.  The reasoning for this is because the anionic surfactant’s primary functions are creating high foam, high cleansing, and high washing capabilities in a finished product.

Anionic surfactants have a negatively charged water-loving head.  Anionic surfactants work very well in recipes which have a reaction between a chemical (like lye) and fatty acids or alcohols (like animal lard or vegetable based oils).  Hand processed soap, whether it is CP, CPOP, or HP, are all examples of anionic surfactants.  Other examples of anionic surfactants are Sodium sulfates, Ammonium sulfates, sulfosuccinates, sarcosines, sarcosinates, isethionates, and taurates.

One of the drawbacks of using an anionic surfactant relates to skin sensitivity.  Due the high foaming, cleansing, and washing capabilities, skin irritations can occur.  It is for this reason that if you are looking to create a handmade recipe it is best to choose another category of surfactants, or balance the anionic surfactants with amphoteric surfactants.

Amphoteric surfactants are the go with the flow surfactants.  They have the possibility to either have a positive or negative charge.  Their charge is all based on the pH or alkalinity of your finished product.  Hence the amphi prefix.

When an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where the end result of a finished product has a lower pH, the amphoteric surfactant takes on a more conditioning and nourishing role.  On the other hand, when an amphoteric surfactant is used in a recipe where there is a higher pH in the end product, it resembles more of an anionic surfactant with high foaming and cleansing capabilities.  Neither option is necessarily bad; they are just on two different planes of the beneficial skin aspects.

Amphoteric surfactants are the most docile of the surfactants.  They are also the second most used surfactants in the industry.  This is because when used alone, they are able to provide a gentle aspect to the nature of your end product.  Adversely, when an amphoteric surfactant is coupled with an anionic surfactant, the amphoteric surfactant mellows the harshness of the anionic surfactants.  In fact, amphoteric surfactants can be used solo and in conjunction with any other of the surfactant groups.  There adaptability is just one of the reasons why they are so widely used.

Some examples of well know amphoteric surfactants are Coco Bentaine, Lauryl Bentaine, and Hydroxysultaines.

Cationic surfactants are the opposite of anionic surfactants.  They have a positively charged water-loving head.  It is because of this positive charge that cationic surfactants can offer many skin loving, nourishing benefits to the skin and body.  These surfactants are best used in recipes where foaming is not necessarily mandatory such as hair conditioners.  Cationic surfactants alone do not allow for ample foaming capabilities.

Cationic surfactants work well with 2 of the 3 remaining surfactant groups.  Both amphoteric and nonionic surfactants will be compatible with cationic surfactants with no problems.  However, because of the opposing charge cationic (positive) and anionic (negative) surfactants will not combine.

Some common cationic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your chlorides (Benzalkonium, Stearalkonium, and Centrimonium), Trimethyl Ammoniums, and Methyl Sulfates.

Nonionic surfactants have no foaming capabilities which is why this group of surfactants are rarely used as a recipe’s main surfactant.  Evident by the prefix non, these surfactants do not have a charge in their water-loving heads.  The end result of using a nonionic surfactant will allow for a finished product that has a very gentle cleansing ability.   But, just because it doesn’t foam, it doesn’t mean it does cleanse.

Psychologically speaking, there is a direct mental correlation between foaming and cleansing.  We as a race have somehow inherently made this connection.  Whether it is a physical view of suds equating to cleanliness, or simply urban myths that have taken on a life of their own, the reality is; it could not be further from the truth.

Nonionic surfactants, or at least some of them, are ethoxylated.  What this means is that the nonionic surfactants have had some reaction to the addition of ethylene oxide.  With this reaction comes an even more water-loving head, almost as if it has been supercharged.  This then makes nonionic surfactants (like Polysorbate 20) perfect solubilizers.

But, don’t just disregard this category of surfactants yet.  Nonionic surfactants can also be used in formulations to reduce irritants, due to their gentle cleansing ability.  They also have the capability to be used as an emollient, softening or soothing skin.  Not to mention, these surfactants can be used to stabilize foam in recipes.  Hold on to your seats though folks, because it gets a little better!  Due to its lack of a charge, nonionic surfactants love every other category of surfactants; you can consider them the peacemakers!

Some common nonionic surfactants used in bath and body recipes are your Polysorbates, Emulsifying Wax NF, E-wax, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, ingredients with the prefix PEG, Ceteareths, Oleths, Sorbitans, Lauryl Glucoside, and Polyglycose.

In summary, surfactants are amazing little compounds found in many items we use every day like adhesives, bath gels, creams, lotions, frozen foods, chewing gum, inks, and fabric softeners; just to name a few!  There are four main applications of surfactants particularly in just bath and body recipes.  They include: cleansing, solubility, emulsifying, and conditioning.

Some other additional aspects of surfactants to bath and body recipes include:  the potential to increase stability of a product; certain surfactants can be used as thickening agents; due to the composition of a surfactant, some maintain anti-microbial elements and therefore can be used as preservatives; there are even some that have the capability to reduce irritation allowing for a milder product on the skin.

Interested in adding some surfactants to your recipes?  Below is a list of some commonly added surfactants to bath and body recipes:

sodium lauryl sulfate (can be derived from coconuts)  Produces High Foam; easy to thicken. Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
ammonium laureth sulfate (derived from coconuts) Produces High Foam; easy to thicken.  Strong Anionic Surfactant; can cause irritation
disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate (derived from coconuts)  Foaming agent, Mild Anionic Surfactant; gentle on the skin
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate  (derived from coconuts)  Mild, Amphoteric Surfactant
decyl Polyglucoside (vegetable derived, used in baby shampoos for its gentleness)
cetearyl alcohol
stearyl alcohol
Cocamidopropyl Betaine (derived from coconut oil) Amphoteric Surfactant
Decyl Glucoside (derived from sugar)
Glyceryl Cocoate (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (derived from coconuts)
Almond Glycerides (derived from vegetables)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphoacetate (much milder surfactant than SLS)
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (derived from vegetables and is a natural substitution for SLS) 
sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
(derived from coconut)
Sucrose Cocoate (derived from sugar)
polysorbate 20 (vegetable derived)
polysorbate 80 (vegetable derived)

If you formulate your own cosmetics, please visit our customer suggestion page and let us know which surfactants you would like to see Natures Garden carry.  We will be increasing our line of natural cosmetic supplies.