Better crafting through chemistry: Hydrovance

Hydrovance by National Starch (INCI: hydroxyethyl urea) is a moisturizing agent that can be added to your lotions and water based products at 1 to 20%. It’s hygroscopic, meaning it draws water from the atmosphere (to your skin), so we treat it as a humectant. (In studies conducted by the company, Hydrovance absorbed 82% of...

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Honeyquat in hair care products (updated)

Honeyquat was made for hair care products – literally! – so including it in a conditioner is a wonderful and good thing. It offers good wet combing and conditioning, and helps with anti-static control. Let’s take a look at a conditioner we made in the conditioning post…. OILY HAIR CONDITIONER – defrizzing, conditioning, moisturizing without...

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Honeyquat in skin care products

Now you know everything there is to know about honeyquat…how do we incorporate it into our products? Honeyquat is best used at 5% or lower in your creations, although I do prefer 2 to 3%. You can include it in body washes and toners (see below), and lotions. Adding it to your creations offers you...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Honeyquat (updated)

So what exactly is honeyquat and how do you use it? Honeyquat is a cationic quaternary polymer – meaning it is a positively charged conditioning agent. It is different than the Incroquat BTMS that we have been using in hair care products in that it is a polymer and not a cationic compound, like the...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Know your ingredients

I know, you’re itching to tweak some of the products you’ve tried already, so let’s take a closer look at some of the products available to home crafters. I’ve offered you an overview of various ingredients – surfactants, oils, butters, exotic oils, humectants, preservatives, and anti-oxidants – but I’d like to take a closer look...

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