And I'm posting this picture because I loved our cake, I enjoy posting my wedding pictures, and we both use the solid conditioner bar!
I do love the solid conditioner bar. It's great for my waist length, coarse, frizzy, oily-prone hair. It fits nicely into my toiletry bag, and takes up less space as I use it. (It was fabulous on my honeymoon road trip, but make sure you have a nice solid case for it or it will go squish when it is wet and in your bag!)
What do we need to know about the solid conditioner bar to formulate it well? The first thing...it is solid. The secondary thing is that it contains all of the conditioning goodness of a liquid conditioner without the water. So we're going to use all those great ingredients that make our conditioners lovely - panthenol, silicones, hydrolyzed proteins, fragrance or essential oils. So really, all it's missing is the water.
(I feel a bit like Blackadder...ye must know two things about the wise woman. First, she is a woman. Second...she is wise? So you've met her then?)
We know we need our conditioning agents - Incroquat BTMS, Incroquat CR, and cationic polymers - but how will we make them solid? BTMS, of course. It's naturally in a waxy, pellet-y shape, so when we melt it and don't add water, it will make a great solid conditioner. It will also act as the emulsifier for this bar, so it's two great things in one!
Because it's an emulsifier, we can add oils and butters! Yay!
Butters are great solidifiers as well. We'll want something a little harder than shea butter, so cocoa butter is your best choice here. You can mix it up a bit with some various butters and cocoa butter. You're going to get the solidity you seek without the dragginess we could get from other ingredients. I like to use orange butter in this creation for my oily hair, but you can use shea butter or avocado butter - great for dandruff prone hair - in place of up to half the cocoa butter. You can add oils as well - add up to 5% your oils of choice (shea oil, camellia, sea buckthorn are great choices!)
What else makes things solid?
- Beeswax - we do not want that kind of drag in our hair!
- Stearic acid - a good thickener, but not good enough
- Cetyl alcohol - two good things in one. It will work to boost the conditioning power and make the bar harder. So cetyl alcohol it will be.
Another aside...If you have really dry or treated hair, this probably isn't the product for you. If you have oily or normal hair, you're going to love this. Why? Because the conditioner bar doesn't offer intense conditioning, it doesn't deposit a ton of conditioner on your hair, so if you are in the market for light conditioning with goodies, this is the creation for you!
Sorry to leave you hanging like this, but I have to get some math homework done before I leave for work...so join me Thursday for the actual formulation for this recipe!