Soapmaking Forum

Help Support Soapmaking Forum:

This site may earn a commission from merchant affiliate links, including eBay, Amazon, and others.
  1. Mauve

    Types of cetearyl alcohol and preservatives in conditioner bar and their difference

    Hi! I'm planning to make my first conditioner bar with this recipe that i found here, and the ingredients im plan on using are: 30% btms 50 30% cetearyl alcohol 15% shea butter 15% castor oil 3,5% grapeseed/coconut/olive oil/shea butter (i'm not sure which one, it's for bleached hair) 1%...
  2. BritS

    Preservative Free Soap

    I was at Busch Gardens a week ago, and I went into one of the gift shops to escape the heat. When I was in there, I noticed a table with handmade soaps. I’m always interested in other’s work. It’s fun seeing what other people make. What caught me off guard was that they took part of their label...
  3. PiperNigrum

    Optiphen made lotion super thin

    Hi (this is my first time using this forum), I just made a lotion that was 70% water, 9% avocado oil, and 3% each of E-wax and BTMS-50. I addded both fragrance and Optiphen plus at 1%. When I added the Optiphen it made the lotion become very runny. It was not liquid, but was a thin lotion...
  4. E

    Would a preservative work in a completely water based formula?

    I’m talking about this recipe for oat hair gel. I’ve used it before and it’s wonderful, but before when I made it I knew nothing about preservatives and how refrigeration isn’t enough. Oatmeal Hair Gel Recipe For Curly Hair It’s completely “bug food,” meaning no oil, no regular water, all oat...
  5. E

    Can aspen bark powder be used in place of phytocide aspen extract for a preservative?

    Hi! I am making a spray lotion using mostly water based products, acacia gum as a solubilizer, a teeny bit of oils. I think it’s gonna be great for my skin! Of course, I don’t wanna make myself sick. And the aspen bark preservative seems like it’ll work for my really really really sensitive...
  6. homesteaders

    Interesting Study: Essential Oils & Extracts as Preservatives

    Here's an interesting study comparing Essential Oils, Extracts, and Methylparaben as preservatives. I'll post the link rather than the entire study.
  7. S

    Phenoxyethanol preservative in whipped soap?

    Can we use Phenoxyethanol as a preservative in whipped soap? Thank you
  8. M

    Preservative suggestions

    Hello, I am looking into adding preservatives into my liquid and bar soaps. From online research I have found names like Optiphen and Germabin etc. but it is difficult for me to access these brand names in Pakistan. Generic chemicals are easily available. Do you guys have any suggestion for...
  9. S

    How long does Optiphen Plus protect your product?

    Hi all, Nice to meet you virtually! I'm a relatively new soaper (coming back to soaping after a few year hiatus doing mostly HP now switching to CP) and a very new lotion maker. I've made a few batches, but haven't dove too deep into the world of preservatives. I'm eyeing some Optiphen Plus...
  10. D

    Neem as a preservative?

    Hi. I know that neem should work as a natural preservative, but what % do I need in ex. a body butter without water if it's just for the shelf life? Or in a basic face cream with distilled water or aloe vera gel? Anyone who know how to calculate neem as a preservative? I've a paw balm I made...
  11. E

    Issues with my body lotion recipe

    Hi all!! I need help with my body lotion recipe. The preservative that I am using is affecting the smell of my final product. I am using 1.5% of Optiphen Plus in my recipe. This is like my third batch of body lotion and it is happening that. Should I use Optiphen instead of Optiphen Plus? Am...
  12. I


    After many requests, I finally got round to writing an in-depth article on preservatives (incl "natural" & "Ecocert"). Hope you will find it informative:-