Q&A: Why do positively charged (cationic) conditioning agents smell fishy or earthy?

Have you ever caught a whiff of a positively charged conditioner like Incroquat BTMS-50 or Honeyquat and wondered why it smelled fishy? There’s nothing wrong with the product: You’re smelling the ammonium salt in the cationic quaternary compound! Some people can smell it, some can’t. It’s hard to know if you’ll be a smeller or...

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#alltheingredients: ClearHance™ C (INCI: Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride) – naturally derived cationic conditioning ingredient

You know how much I love conditioning ingredients, so I was extremely excited to use this new one from Lotioncrafter, ClearHance™ C (INCI: Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride) This is a cationic or positively charged polymer powdered conditioner derived from cassia seeds that works as a conditioner to increase both wet and dry combing, reduce the potential for...

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Creating rinse-off conditioners with silicone substitutes: Adding hair care actives to prevent colour fade or retain curls (part eight) – the formula! 

Welcome back to this multi-part series on creating rinse-off hair conditioners with silicone substitutes. In part one, we took a look at how we might create a basic formula, choosing ingredients and preservatives. In part two, we analyzed the formula to see what each ingredient brings to the conditioner party, then took a look at...

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Creating rinse-off conditioners with silicone substitutes: Adding hair care actives to prevent colour fade or retain curls (part seven)

Welcome back to this multi-part series on creating rinse-off hair conditioners with silicone substitutes. In part one, we took a look at how we might create a basic formula, choosing ingredients and preservatives. In part two, we analyzed the formula to see what each ingredient brings to the conditioner party, then took a look at...

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Creating rinse-off conditioners with silicone substitutes: Altering the formula to include dimethicone substitutes (part six) – the formula! 

  Welcome back to this multi-part series on creating rinse-off hair conditioners with silicone substitutes. In part one, we took a look at how we might create a basic formula, choosing ingredients and preservatives. In part two, we analyzed the formula to see what each ingredient brings to the conditioner party, then took a look...

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