Creating rinse-off conditioners with silicone substitutions: Creating the basic formula (part two) – 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 today’s post – part two – we’ll be analyzing the formula to see what each ingredient brings to the conditioner party,...

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Creating conditioners with silicone substitutions: How to create a basic formula (part one)

I admit it, I’m in love with silicones. I drench my hair in them to chase away the frizzies, I coat my skin in them to feel smoother and more protected, I could happily lounge in a bath or swim in a pool of dimethicone it just makes everything feel more velvety, luscious, and luxuriant,...

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Creating a natural hair oil with substitutions – modifying a formula from IPCS

Let’s go back to the original post for a moment to see what we’re making! The basic formula for this natural hair oil from Institute of Personal Care Science is is 9.5% Cetiol CC, 0.5% essential oil blend, 0.5% Argan oil, 0.2% Dermofeel Toco 70, and up to 100% Cetiol Ultimate or Vegelight 1214 LC. As...

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#alltheingredients: Vegelight 1214 LC (INCI: Coconut alkanes and coco-caprylate/caprate) – silicone substitute

Two days ago, we took a look at Cetiol® Ultimate (INCI: Undecane and tridecane), a very light, thin, volatile emollient that works as a cyclomethicone or isododecane substitute. It’s naturally compliant – it has certification from NaTrue, ECOCERT, and COSMOS. Then we took a look at Cetiol® CC (INCI: Dicaprylyl carbonate), a carbonate ester with...

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#alltheingredients: NatraSil™ (INCI: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables) – natural silicone substitute

NatraSil™ (INCI: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables) contains an ester – a Guerbet ester, which we’ll be learning about more in the near future, I hope – with these wonderful hydrogenated olive oil unsaponifiables used to create a naturally compliant blend that works as a very light emollient and silicone substitute. Here’s the...

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