What do you want to know? Creating a setting lotion

I realized I didn’t address quite a few questions in last year’s post, What do you want to know?, so I thought I’d attempt to answer a few of them here and over the next few weeks. Wendy asked about making a setting lotion. I’m not sure if I can help here, but perhaps we…...

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What’s important in a conditioner? Part one…

A conditioner, by definition, contains a positively charged ingredient that will adsorb to your hair strand to increase lubricity, decrease friction, decrease fly-aways, and increase combability. These positively charged ingredients include Incroquat BTMS-50, Incroquat CR, Incroquat BTMS-25 or Rita BTMS-225, cetrimonium bromide, cetrimonium chloride, and so on. This main ingredient is generally an emulsifier, meaning…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Why are you using willow bark in a rinse off product? Do we need preservatives in our cleaning products? Why doesn’t handmade soap make a good shampoo?

In this post, Experiments in the workshop: A 3-in-1 that might be good for swimmers, Marg asks: Can you explain your thinking on adding white willow bark extract to your 3 in 1? I love that product, and use it in my aftershave lotion to soothe tiny nicks or scrapes, but not sure if its…...

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Shampoo: Why we use what we use in a shampoo

Someone asked if I could make a shampoo recipe with fewer ingredients than those that are currently on the blog. The answer is yes, but… Yes, but the problem that those ingredients are the ones that take a shampoo from okay to freakin’ awesome! If you’re new to the idea of creating a shampoo, take…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Leave in conditioner with kera straightening and lycopene bioferment (updated)

I love leave in conditioners! They offer so much wonderful awesomeness to your hair with low levels of ingredients. Where to start making a leave in conditioner? As usual, think about your goals? What do you want in this product? That answer will help you move in the right direction! I have oily, frizzy hair…...

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Ingredient: Date palm extract (updated)

I’ve become interested in date palm extract lately – I’ve seen quite a few references to it lately as an anti-wrinkle ingredient, and I was given a sample of it from the Formulator Sample Shop*. I’m already using it in the form of their Volumizing Complex PF (Water & Rice Amino Acids & Lactobacillus/Date Fruit Ferment…...

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Coconut oil and pisum sativum rinse off conditioner

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of using coconut oil in my rinse off hair conditioners because it offers so many great qualities, including moisturization and a reduction in frizz, but I find this one with 5% is making my hair feel oily around the middle of the second day after washing, so…...

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One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in leave in conditioners

I love leave in conditioners! You can fill leave in conditioners full of ingredients to moisturize, hydrate, smooth, tame, and protect your hair, and you don’t need a ton of each ingredient to do it! Think of a leave in conditioner as being very much like a rinse off conditioner, but thinner. You can use…...

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One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in intense conditioners

This week we took a look at Incroquat BTMS-50 as a conditioning agent and emulsifier. We’ll focus on the awesome conditioning powers it can offer our hair for a few more days before we get into what it can bring to our lotions. What makes a conditioner an intense conditioner? We tend to use more…...

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Check out my new video on how to make conditioners on YouTube!

I’ve created a video on how to make a rinse off conditioner that I’ve just posted on YouTube! I’ve chosen to focus on the process as opposed to the actual recipe so you can choose any recipe you wish, but I’m using this recipe for making a liquid conditioner with coconut oil. I hope you…...

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