Sunday, November 28, 2010

Men's products: 3-in-1 products wrap up

So we've taken a look at a few versions of a 3-in-1 product. So you aren't out there buying a ton of ingredients, check out the surfactant posts or the chart to see which ones will work best for your needs.

Here's the basic skeleton of the recipe I've been using for the last few days...

water to 100%
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
15% a surfactant
15% another surfactant
10% aloe vera
3% cationic polymer of choice
2% hydrolyzed protein of choice
3% glycerin or other humectant
up to 5% water soluble oil or moisturizing ingredient

4% dimethicone
2% panthenol
1% fragrance or essential oil
0.5% to 1% preservative
Crothix (as needed)

As I mentioned in the first post on this topic, you can play around with a variety of ingredients and surfactants in this product, but the cationic polymer is not optional if you want to have something conditioning for your hair. And I definitely recommend some kind of moisturizing ingredient. There are tons to choose from - water soluble esters, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, cocamide DEA, myristamine oxide, glycol distearate, and more - and you want this in the product to give you that hydrating action!

Join me tomorrow for some thoughts on selling your products before we get into our Christmas crafting!

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