How to Choose cosmetic surfactants

Access professional, industry & internationally recognized training: cosmetic formulation, cosmetic brand management & cosmetic regulations

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So many cosmetic surfactants you can choose between, how do you know which ones work well together, when surfactant blends are needed, and how much you should use in your foaming formulas?

You need to use different types of surfactants to suit the body, hands, face and hair – in different amounts – and you also need to adjust your choices and inputs to suit children compared to adults with dry skin or even oily hair! This workshop will explain how to choose between 30+ different surfactant ingredients, as well as what other essential additives you will need to help make your formulas mild while foaming and cleaning effectively. You will also learn about cosmetic solubilisers and how to choose – and use – solubilisers in cosmetic formulas. Make confident surfactant selections – enrol now!


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Price: US$60

What you get:

  • Video lecture guiding you through the different types of cosmetic surfactants
  • Surfactant summary table with notes to guide you on selection and how much to use
  • Which ones are natural surfactants
  • Which surfactants need to be blended with others to get the desired performance
  • How much surfactant you need to suit different types of face, hair and body cleansers as well as different skin and hair types

This workshop is designed for home-crafters starting out. If you have never formulated before, please take part in the Beginners Cosmetic Science workshop series first, or

Learn professional training on stability testing and quality control, with the Certificate in Cosmetic Quality & Stability.

For professional cosmetic formulation training, please study the Certificate in Advanced Hair FormulationsCertificate in Advanced Cosmetic Science or,

 become a Cosmetic Chemist: study the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation.

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