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Emulsifiers & Surfactant Selection for Stable Cosmetics

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Recorded on Feb 6, 2019

Avoid instability issues in your cosmetic emulsions (o/w, w/o, blends…) by efficiently selecting and adapting your surfactant / emulsifier system for the current natural market needs !

Mark Chandler will help you create stable cleansers, leave-on skin care products, shampoos, hand wash... by reviewing the classes of surfactants & natural emulsifiers and sharing selection & formulation tips.

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Mark Chandler

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Surfactants & Emulsifiers in cosmetics play an important role in achieving stable products (synthetic, natural, sensory…). Don't let complicated surfactant selection rules hinder attainment of your 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 instability challenges, especially when trying to formulate more natural or sensory products

  4. Boast about your Skills- Get a participation certificate on joining the Live Online Course !
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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 natural 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- instability 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
  6. 30 mins Q&A- Interact live/ ask questions directly from the expert !
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Members Reviews

The depth and breadth of the technical information was perfect for all levels of cosmetic scientists. We learned more details on emulsifier and surfactant systems than was previously known

Cassandra B. , from KDC Columbus

I learned how to process liquid cyrstal emulsions; I was not doing it properly, or as Mark suggested. Well rounded exposure with good presentation.

John C. , from Consultant- Personal Care

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