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Monday, May 19, 2008

Tee Tree Oil in Liquid Soap

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Tee Tree Oil is steam distilled from leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia, and has anesthetic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Tea Tree Oil can be incorporated into a liquid hand soap to give it a natural anti-bacterial and anti-septic property. Below is one sample formulation.







Clear Liquid Hand Soap with Tea Tree Oil



Ingredients

%

by weight

A

Water

72.32


VANZAN NF-C1, Xanthan Gum

1.00


Disodium EDTA

0.05

B

Amphosol® CA2, Cocamidopropyl Betaine

10.00


Plantaren® 2000 N3, Decyl Glucoside

6.60


Water-Soluble Tea Tree Oil4, Water (and) Melaleuca Oil (and) Ethoxylated Castor Oil (and) Polysorbate 20

10.00

C

Preservative

q.s.

D

Triethanolamine

0.03


Procedure:


Step 1. Slowly sift the VANZAN NF-C into an established vortex and mix until completely dissolved. Add the disodium EDTA and mix until it dissolves.


Step 2. Add Part B ingredients separately, mixing after each until homogeneous.


Step 3. Add preservative and mix thoroughly. Add triethanolamine to adjust pH to 6.5 ± 0.5.


VANZAN® NF-C Xanthan Gum, a clear solution grade, provides this liquid hand soap with a soft gel consistency. This formula contains tea tree oil in an easy-to-use, water-soluble form. Excellent foaming characteristics and product mildness are provided by the decyl glucoside surfactant.


1VANZAN is a registered trademark of R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc.

2Amphosol is a registered trademark of Stepan Company.

3Plantaren is a registered trademark of Cognis Deutschland GmbH.

4 Southern Cross Botanicals Pty Ltd, Lennox Head, NSW 2478, Australia


For more information please visit R.T. Vanderbilt website.


Source: R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc.

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