Formulating with salts in cosmetics can produce superior results and set the formulation apart from others. Salts used in cosmetic formulations can thicken shampoo, give volume to hair, add shine to hair, cleanse the skin, brighten the skin, soothe the skin and help skin conditions.
First a formulator must get to know the salt properties and functions before incorporating it into a formula. Second is experiencing the salt in formulation. This post is on getting to know the salts.
Salts have been used for thousands of years for their properties to preserve and heal. Salts are sodium chloride except Epsom salt. Epsom salt is magnesium chloride. Salts are not all the same because they contain different amounts of minerals and trace elements. Table salt is refined, iodized and contains anti-caking additives. Sea salt contains minerals from sea water. Minerals are crucial and beneficial to the body, hair and skin.
Record keeping is one of the most important tasks a cosmetic formulator performs because it helps to protect their intellectual property and produces successful formulations. The records need to be precise, accurate, detailed and understandable. It’s very important to record your systems of developing and making cosmetic formulations. Lab notebooks are used to document everything done in the lab. A lab notebook is very important for those developing patents and formulations. A lab notebook is separate from Standard Operating Procedures.
The demand for vegan body, hair and skin care products continues to grow as consumers are becoming more aware and care about the environment and the welfare of animals. In a previous post on beauty trends we covered that Google searches for Vegan Skin Care are growing over 83% each year.
There are many considerations to formulate and make natural shampoo. First, you need to determine the type of shampoo you want to formulate I covered this in Part 1. Next, decide on the surfactant system best for the type of shampoo, review In Part 2.Here are some other considerations formulating natural shampoo.