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I want try making some foaming soap scrubs, mostly for myself and for gifts. I see there are a few ways to go about this. Some make their base from scratch with a mix of potassium hydroxide/sodium hydroxide. Then others use surfactants to make their base. Then there are the pre-made bases. 

The pre-made bases sound the best to me right now just to get started, but I don't like what I'm seeing in the ingredients. 

So my questions are:

1. Can anyone recommend a more natural pre-made foaming soap base?

2. Do people who make their own base prefer the surfactant method, or the KOH/NAOH method?

3. Do all the made from scratch bases need preservatives? How do you know they are working? 

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I have used the foaming bath whip from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  It worked really well. Unfortunately, they weren't a hit with my customers so I started making emulsified sugar scrub.  I still like the foaming one once in awhile.  Especially for my feet. 

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What’s the difference of emulsified sugar scrubs and foaming sugar scrubs?

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On ‎11‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 1:58 PM, Jeana said:

What’s the difference of emulsified sugar scrubs and foaming sugar scrubs?

 

The foaming are made with the bath whip and sugars.  Emulsified scrubs are made with oils, butters, stearic acid, emulsifier and in some cases beeswax and a preservative.   I prefer the emulsified as the oils leave a nice feeling to the skin but with the emulsifier it's not a greasy mess and turns almost creamy.

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