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Advanced Guide to Select / Replace Emulsifiers & Surfactants to Adapt Aesthetics for Stable Cosmetics

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Jul 6, 2021

Faster achieve desired stability & aesthetic appeal by learning advanced concepts in the design and manufacture of emulsions and surfactant-based cosmetics formulations.


Mark will help you develop a superior formulation design for stable systems that are aesthetically pleasing while avoiding (altering / replacing) ingredients of consumer concern, all within shorter development cycles.

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Mark Chandler Presented By:
Mark Chandler

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Advanced

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Why should you view this course?

While trying to achieve desired stability & aesthetics (appearance, pick-up, rub-out…) formulators today must deal with the reality that, at any given moment, an ingredient upon which they have relied will be deemed unacceptable for use. This alters the way in which new formulations are developed as well as impacting the choice of ingredients that can be used to ‘fix’ broken formulations.


Simply piling ingredients into a formula does not always provide a solution to the problem.  In fact, it can backfire and create instability, or other unwanted issues.  It is important to be familiar with the latest raw material technology.


Join this course and:


  • Develop superior emulsions and other surfactant-based systems design by knowing the formulation constraints:  how ingredients interact, changing consumer tastes, call for restriction in use of certain higher-performing ingredients…
  • Grab new patent opportunities in the IP landscape developing a stable formula with a plausible right-to-market by meeting the microbiological, safety and regulatory requirements for the specific product launch markets.
  • Troubleshoot challenges during design and manufacturing by testing for different traits like stability, viscosity, feel, functionality etc.

Who should view this course?

Formulators, R&D Scientists, Technical Marketers working for creating and marketing cosmetic formulations as per claims certification, avoiding ingredients of concern, and better efficiency of Products.


The course is also suitable for anyone working with personal care products working for different brands, contract manufacturers, and ingredient suppliers.


Course Outline

1. Formulation design aspects for emulsions

a. Types:

  • Steric stabilized
  • Charge stabilized
  • Liquid crystalline lamellar gel networks
  • Polymer microgels 

b. Factors contributing to optimum formulation:

  • Order of addition
  • Emulsifier optimization
  • Process optimization 

c. Materials:

  • Primary emulsifiers
  • Emulsion stabilizers 

d. Manufacturing Processes:

  • Direct method
  • Inversion method
  • Low Energy Emulsification
  • Emulsion-type specific methods 

e. Troubleshooting Challenges:

  • Understanding types of instability
  • Steps to address each type
  • When to reformulate

2. Formulation design aspects for surfactants

a. Types:

  • Conventional cleansing systems
  • Sulfate-free systems
  • Mild systems 

b. Factors contributing to optimum formulations:

  • Foam
  • Feel
  • Fragrance
  • Flow
  • Finish 

c. Materials:

  • Primary surfactants
  • Secondary surfactants
  • Adjuvant surfactants
  • Conditioning surfactants 

d. Manufacturing Process:

  • Steps
  • Process aids 

e. Troubleshooting Challenges:

  • Clarity
  • Rheology
  • Foam
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