If you have no idea why I'm yelling at you, visit the first post in this series about making conditioner to see what you could make today!
PREPARING YOUR BRAIN
You can do this! It's not rocket science - it's cosmetic science, which much more awesome and useful in your daily life! You will not pre-suck! (We define this in craft group as saying you suck before you've even started so when you fail, you can say "I told you so", and not lose face. Or saying "I'm not good at this new thing", and you won't be, because it's something new and we're not going to be perfect the first time out!)
Just think...in about an hour, you can say you've made a conditioner and have something to show for your hard work and research. (Take a picture of it and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can see what you've made! I'm quite excited by all of this!)
BASIC CONDITIONER RECIPE
7% Incroquat BTMS-50 or BTMS-25 or Rita BTMS-225
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% to 1% preservative of choice
1% fragrance or essential oil
Normally I'd tell you to create an oil phase and a water phase, but there isn't much of either in this case. So what I'm suggesting you do is weigh out your BTMS into a heat proof container. Boil up some distilled water, then add it to the BTMS. Mix really well. Weigh the container, and write that number down as we'll have to add more water to the mix when we've finished the heat and hold. Put your heat proof container into the double boiler and allow it to heat to 70˚C or 158˚C and hold it for 20 minutes. When the time is up, measure the container again. Add as much water as you'll need to get the weight back to up the pre-heating amount.
Let's break it all down into smaller steps. I find this is an easier way to process things at times.
PREPARING YOUR SPACE
Have your notebook beside you with the recipe printed in quite large font and a pen or pencil at the ready. Writing notes is vital to make sure you know what you did this time and what to do (or not to do) next time!
THE HEAT AND HOLD PHASE
into your heatproof container.
Weigh your container - hit tare on the scale (zero out the number) so you can get the "before" weight of your heated water phase. (We need this number to know how much water evaporates during the heated water phase so we can compensate for it before we combine the two phases). Now put this container into your double boiler.
Remember to measure your container after you've added the water so we know what it weighed before we heated it up so we can compensate for evaporation!
While you're waiting, put away the things you don't need and get out those things you do need such as a bottle, a funnel, a spoon, some paper towels, maybe a label, and your cool down ingredients. Check on the water in your double boiler and make sure you have enough so you won't run dry before the 20 minutes is up. Maybe do a little air guitar, check your e-mail on your smart phone, or take pictures of the process. Twenty minutes isn't that long, but it might feel that way when you're excited to see your lotion finish!
When you've heated and held at 70˚C/158˚F for 20 minutes, remove the container from the heat and measure it. How much water did you lose? Add up to the amount you should have had originally. Let's say you measured 500 grams for your container and water phase - if your container now reads 475, add 25 grams from the water you boiled up separately. (It is okay if the water in the kettle is a little hotter than the water phase, as long as it doesn't make the water phase 85˚C or 100˚C while your oil phase is around 70˚C. This is unlikely to happen with so little water and your water phase being over 70˚C, so don't worry!)
And yes, it's okay to have a stir with a clean spoon while you're waiting for it to cool down. See how the viscosity changes as the product gets closer to 45˚C. Right now it might have the consistency of slightly thickened milk, but soon it will be incredibly thick and awesome! Document these changes, if you like.
When the product reaches 45˚C or 113˚F, add your cool down ingredients, which, in this case, would be your fragrance/essential oil and preservative (I use liquid Germall Plus, which goes into the cool down phase. Your preservative may vary. Check before you start making the conditioner!) Mix again. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes? Now leave it alone. You're done. We're just waiting for it to get cool enough to bottle.
Put a clean cloth or paper towel over the top of the container, and let it cool down to where the jug isn't warm to the touch any more (room temperature - around 20˚C or 68˚F).
If you're using a funnel, get a clean spoon and put the conditioner into the funnel. Bang the bottle now and then to get it flowing better. If you're using a piping bag, fill it up and squish into the bottle! Put your disc cap on and you're done!
And now you're done! Rejoice! Do a happy dance to celebrate the making of the conditioner! You've done it!
The next part of conditioner making? Making cute labels. Marching around the house with the bottle in your hand, huffing the lovely fragrance and making plans to take a shower as soon as possible! March around making up a little song about conditioner making, and relish the fact that you've finally made your conditioner! E-mail your friends and family (and tutor - email@example.com) and tell them the tales of conditioner making! Send me pictures! You're walking on sunshine, and don't it feel good? Indeed!
Once you've used your conditioner in the shower, here are a few things to consider, which will help you figure out what ingredients you might like to add next time....
- How well were you able to apply it to your hair? Was it too thick or too thin?
- How well did it rinse out?
- How easy was it to brush or comb your hair?
- How did your hair look when it dried? How about later that day? Or the next day?
- If you have oily hair, how much time did it take for your hair to become greasy?
- If you have dry hair, did it moisturize enough?
And so on...The answers to these questions will give you an idea of what you can try in your next batch!
Please write your comments in the section below to inspire others to give it a try! Next week's Newbie Tuesday post will be the troubleshooting and sharing part of the process, so please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment below and let me know how it went for you. (The week after next will be about tweaking the recipe!) I want others to learn from your experiences, but I also need to know if this tutorial was helpful! If you encounter a problem - like a lotion fail, for instance - please write out your recipe and process, letting me know about any changes so we can trouble shoot it next week! Please send pictures and let me know if it's okay to use your experience and photos in the post next week. (And let me know what screen name you want!)
Congratulations! You did it! Now use it all up very quickly so you have a cheap excuse to make those tweaks and changes you think would make this product even more awesome!