DIY Cosmetica

Foaming Body And Face Cleanser

PhaseIngredientPercent (%)Weight (g)
Phase ADistilled water53.253.2
Citric acid11
Phase BDecyl glucoside2020
Sodium Olivamphoacetate88
Phase CPanthenol11
Pentylene Glycol33
Cosgard (INCI - Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aqua)0.80.8
Total weight (g)

Foaming cleansers are very popular and can provide a unique cleansing experience. I have shared other foaming cleansers, such as the Facial Foam Cleanser for Sensitive Skin or Glycolic Acid Foaming Cleanser.

Now, I share a formula for a body and face foam cleanser. You can make this foam cleanser in one beaker; no heating or melting is required.

This formula for foaming body cleanser is suitable for all skin types; the ingredients are conditioning and the surfactants are very mild.

You need a foam bottle for this formula. I got my reusable foam bottle here

The high percentage of glycerin gives high hydration to the final product, ensuring the cleanser will not dry the skin. Glycerin also helps to boost the foaming abilities of the cleanser.

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I also added citric acid as a natural pH adjuster and a chelating agent. It ensures the cleanser is kind to the skin, maintaining a pH level that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural protective oils and helps to bind to and neutralize minerals in the water.

For surfactants, I used the combination of 2 mild surfactants: Decyl glucoside and Sodium Olivamphoacetate.

Decyl glucoside, sourced from plants, is a gentle surfactant for sensitive skin due to its low irritation potential. It's highly effective at cleansing and removing dirt and oil while keeping the skin's natural oils intact, making it suitable for various skin types, especially sensitive ones.

Sodium Olivoyl/Cocoyl Aminoacids Fructoside (Sodium Olivamphoacetate) is derived from natural sources like olive oil and coconut oil. It is well-suited for people with sensitive or dry skin as it cleanses gently without stripping away the skin's natural moisture. Additionally, it can enhance the formation of a rich, creamy lather in body wash formulations.

When used together, decyl glucoside and Sodium Olivamphoacetate provide a thorough cleaning action, adept at removing impurities and controlling oil, which is especially beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin. This combination maintains the skin's natural hydration, avoiding irritation and protecting the skin's barrier. Their synergy also improves the texture and sensation of the foam, elevating the overall cleansing experience.


In phase C, I added some active ingredients along with the preservative and fragrance. I used Panthenol, also known as vitamin B5, a humectant that is key in helping skin hold onto moisture. This is especially important in a foaming cleanser, as it prevents the skin from becoming overly dry during the cleansing process. Known for its calming effects, Panthenol soothes irritated skin, which is particularly helpful since cleansing can sometimes be harsh, especially on sensitive skin types.

Its anti-inflammatory qualities are also beneficial in reducing any redness or swelling often seen with acne or other skin irritations. Furthermore, Panthenol is a gentle ingredient well-received by various skin types, making it an ideal addition to daily-use cleansers.

Pentylene Glycol is a humectant that attracts and locks in moisture, promoting skin hydration. Its skin-conditioning qualities leave the skin soft and smooth, making it especially beneficial for dry or sensitive skin.

Additionally, Pentylene Glycol serves as a preservative booster, prolonging the product´s shelf life by preventing the growth of harmful microorganisms. It has a low risk of causing skin irritation or sensitivity, so it is suitable for sensitive skin.

You can replace the Pentylene Glycol with Propanediol.


Next, I added Hibiscus extract. Hibiscus extract contains natural acids, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which delicately exfoliate the skin. This action removes dead skin cells, leading to smoother and more refreshed skin. Rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, Hibiscus offers protective benefits.

The extract is also known for its moisturizing qualities. Additionally, the natural saponins in Hibiscus enhance the effectiveness of the foam body cleanser, ensuring a thorough yet gentle cleaning experience. Also, the extract gives the cleanser a nice natural color.

You can replace the Hibiscus extract with aloe vera extract, pomegranate extract, green tea extract, cucumber extract, or chamomile extract.

I used my go-to preservative Cosgard. You can use another broad-spectrum preservative and use your chosen preservative according to your supplier's instructions. If you need to use 1% preservative, subtract 0.2% from the distilled water to balance the formula.


For fragrance, I used melon fragrance. You can use any scent you like; ensure that you use skin-safe cosmetic-grade fragrance according to the supplier's instructions.

The final pH should be 5-6. If you need to adjust the final pH of your foam cleanser, check this post about pH adjustments in cosmetics. I have made this formula several times. The pH was 5.5-6 due to the citric acid, so you likely won't need to adjust the pH of the final product.

Use the calculator to adjust the amount you want to make.


  1. In a beaker, add phase A ingredients and mix to combine.





  1. Add phase B ingredients and mix gently to minimize foam.




  1. Add phase C ingredients. Mix gently.











  1. Check the pH level and adjust if necessary. more about pH adjustments here.


  1. Pour into a foam bottle and enjoy!






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