Q&A: How can I dissolve panthenol powder in conditioner bars?

In this month’s Q&A, Dalel asked, I am making solid conditioners. I use panthenol powder and I think it might be the culprit in the issue I’m having. It is very difficult to dissolve it or melt it. The temperature of the mixture when I put it in is always above 60°C (140˚F) (sometimes up to...

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Q&A quickie: When do we add the “cool down phase” to conditioner bars?

I’m getting a lot of questions about this, which makes me think you’re all making conditioner bars out there! Yay, they’re so much fun! The short answer is that you add the “cool down phase” to the heated conditioner phase after you remove it from the heat, mix, then pour it into moulds. In my...

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Q&A: What can I substitute for polyquaternium 7 in a conditioner bar?

In the December Q&A, Sherri asked, I was hoping to make conditioner bars for my girls’ stockings, but I’m almost out of polyquaternium 7, and my usual Canadian supplier is sold out. Are there any substitutions I can use? Quick note: I’ve started a Q&A post on conditioner bars that you’ll find pinned to the right...

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Q&A about conditioner bars! (Updated December 28, 2020)

I’m getting a lot of questions about conditioner vars, which makes me think you’re all making them out there. Woo hoo! Aren’t they awesome? Isn’t the cool down phase kinda warm? When exactly is the cool down phase?   The short answer is that you add the “cool down phase” to the heated conditioner phase,...

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Creating hair care products: What do we want our products to do?

I realized I wanted to share more with you about hair and potential damage and such in this series about my new favourite conditioner from the other day. I’ll share my post on my new favourite ingredient, keratin hydrolysate silox tomorrow as I wanted to share a few formulas I found from various manufacturers using...

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