Formulation of an Essential Oil-Based Body Wash: Selection of Components and their Effects on Product Foamability and Emulsion Durability

Thien Hien Tran1,2,3,4,*, Tran Thi Kim Ngan3,4, Ngo Thi Cam Quyen3,4, Tri Nhut Pham5, Phan Nguyen Quynh Anh1,2 and Le Thi Hong Nhan1,2

1Department of Chemical Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, 268 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam

2Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam

3NTT Institute of High Technology, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

4Center of Excellence for Biochemistry and Natural Products, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

5Faculty of Environmental and Food Engineering, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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To meetout the growing consumer demand for cosmetic preparations that incorporate biologically active and natural ingredients, this study utilized lemongrass essential oil to create the main scent for body wash products in place of artificial fragrances on the market. Lemongrass essential oil is distilled by the method of hydrodistillation with the optimum yield of 0.29%. The process of developing a body wash formula is based on the survey of parameters affecting the product qualities. Multiple parameters including detergent, humectants, skin emollient, foaming agent, preservative, essential oil content were investigated. The product was evaluated based on the criteria of the foamability, the durability of the emulsion and the storage of samples in different storage conditions (room temperature, heat shock, acceleration). The results indicate that lemongrass essential oil body wash formulae are on par with some other shower gel products on the market, opening up the development trend for new research products to enter the market.


Lemongrass essential oil, Body wash, Foamability, Durability of the emulsion.

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