CONFIRMED! Formula for an epic level rinse off conditioner with behentrimonium chloride

Normally when I encounter new ingredients, I like to wait at least 9 months before I share the formulas with you as I need to make sure the product is stable, well preserved, and all around good. But I’ve made a conditioner that is so awesome, I’ve had strangers on the street compliment my hair…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part four – actives

I’m having great fun formulating all kinds of shampoos suitable for fine hair or other types that don’t want to be weighed down. We started last week by looking at different types of shampoos and coming up with base formulas for clarifying, conditioning, and hydrating shampoos. Then we took a look at using different surfactants…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part three – surfactant blends

I’m having great fun formulating all kinds of shampoos suitable for fine hair or other types that don’t want to be weighed down. We started last week by looking at different types of shampoos and coming up with base formulas for clarifying, conditioning, and hydrating shampoos. Then we took a look at using different surfactants…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part two – choosing surfactants

In the November Q&A, Diana asked, I have a request from one of my customers for a volumizing shampoo. I usually make liquid shampoos for her, and she is very satisfied with my products but now she wants something that will lift her hair more. I wonder, does anyone make these shampoos? What ingredients should I look…...

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#alltheingredients: Walnut extract G

As you know, I’ve been doing a massive inventory in my workshop, and I’m not hoarding ingredients any more, so let’s get to know another one – FSS Walnut Extract G – which was sent to me by the Formulator Sample Shop for free. (Click here to learn more about my relationship with suppliers.)  This…...

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Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part one…

In the November Q&A, Diana asked, I have a request from one of my customers for a volumizing shampoo. I usually make liquid shampoos for her, and she is very satisfied with my products but now she wants something that will lift her hair more. I wonder, does anyone make these shampoos? What ingredients should I look…...

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#alltheingredients: Carob Extract

I have this new extract – carob extract (Aqua (and) Glycerin (and) Ceratonia Silqua Fruit Extract , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies – that seems interesting. It’s the extract from the locust bean carob fruit, from which we get carob – something my husband calls “chocolate that…...

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Q&A: Can we use Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar for fine hair? 

In the November Q&A, Sarah asked, Have you ever used Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar or conditioner bar? Is there any reason why it could not be used this way? Is there a pH concern for this ingredient? For a shampoo bar for fine hair (that I do not want to over-condition), could I replace…...

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Potential duplication for Puritan’s Pride Hair Thickener & Conditioner (part two)

Yesterday, we reviewed the ingredient list for this product, Puritan’s Pride Panthenol Hair Thickener and Conditioner. Today, let’s think about which ingredients we can use for a potential formula. Where’s the 1% or lower point in this ingredient list? Let’s review the ingredient list… Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20, Lanolin,…...

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Potential duplication for Puritan’s Pride Hair Thickener & Conditioner (part one)

In the October 2018 duplicating post, Lisa asked about Puritan’s Pride Panthenol Hair Thickener and Conditioner. Let’s take a look at this to see what it’s all about! Add New Body to Lifeless Hair! Pamper your hair with Puritan’s Pride Hair Thickener & Conditioner. After continuous use, your hair will have more body, feel stronger, and look…...

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