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Emulsifiers & Surfactant Selection for Stable Cosmetics

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Recorded on Apr 19, 2017

Avoid stability issues in your emulsions by efficiently selecting and adapting your surfactant / emulsifier system to current cosmetics market needs (natural, sensory…)

Mark Chandler will review the classes of surfactants & emulsifiers and share selection & formulation tips regarding their use in your cleansers, leave-on skin care products, shampoos, hand wash...

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Mark Chandler

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Emulsifiers and surfactants play an important role in achieving stable cosmetics products (synthetic, natural, sensory…). Complicated surfactant selection rules often hinder attainment of product stability. Also, other natural ingredients in the formulations bring new problems and create instability…Join this course and:

  1. Select faster the right surfactant / emulsifier depending on your application (cleanser or leave-on skin care products) by reviewing their functions and chemistries
  2. Manage product stability better by learning about the various stabilization mechanisms, formulation methodologies, evaluation techniques and tests
  3. Get expert insight on your own stability challenges, especially when trying to formulate more natural or sensory products
Surfactants selection cosmetic formulations

Who should view this course?

Cosmetic formulators looking for guidance to select the right emulsifier for their leave-on skin care products and surfactant for cleansers

Course Outline

Selection of EMULSIFIERS for leave-on skin care products, shampoo, hand wash…

  1. Emulsifier types (oil in water, blends, cold process emulsifiers…) – their benefits and limitations
  2. Stabilization mechanisms
    • Charge stabilization
    • Steric stabilization
    • Liquid crystalline stabilization (Lipophilic gel network)
    • Zero-shear viscosity stabilization (polymeric)
  3. Current issues (stability of natural products...)
  4. Formulation methodologies
  5. Emulsion manufacturing


Selection of SURFACTANTS for cleansers

  1. Surfactant types – their benefits and limitations
    • Anionic
    • Amphoteric
    • Nonionic
    • Cationic
  2. Surfactant interactions
  3. Consumer cues (sensoriality…) and current issues
  4. Formulation best practices
  5. Evaluation and testing


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