Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and feeling really guilty that I wasn't running about getting things done, but I'm feeling much more relaxed. I'm getting ready for a short camping holiday next week, followed by more around-the-house holiday time for playing in the workshop and doing some sewing, before school starts again on September 3rd! So let's get to some of those comments I've missed over the last two weeks before I get to posting some new recipes and researching some new ingredients in my time off!
short hair still needs conditioner, Tina asks, I have been reading your blog for a little while now and just made my first conditioner with BTMS and a little oil from a recipe I found and adapted. So now my Q is - what is the big difference between a cream and a hair conditioner? Seems to me they are much alike? I know you don't have my recipe, but in general terms? I saw you also had a very basic recipe with just BTMS and water and started wondering cause wth a few oils (low content) and a bit of glycerine the ingredients. Are close to those of a lotion?
Yay! Are you happy with it? Have you spent a ton of time thinking about how to modify it? It's so addicting to make one's own stuff - I should have mentioned that, eh? Okay, on with the questions...
BTMS-225, BTMS-25, or BTMS-50 as the emulsifier. The big difference tends to be the inclusion of things that are good for our hair, like hydrolyzed proteins or panthenol or...hey, wait a minute! I use those things in my lotions, too. So what's the difference? There are some differences in ingredients - I don't tend to use cetrimonium chloride in non-hair products - and there are some differences in oil content - sometimes, as there are people who like to use a lot of oils in their products - but for the most part, hair conditioners with BTMS-50 can be used as body lotions and vice versa. I make a shaving lotion that pretty much looks like my conditioners, although I don't use silk in stuff for my hair as it hates it!
substantivity, and hair loving ingredients, while a lotion tends to be about the oils and butters with more emphasis on skin loving ingredients. If you have a lotion made with a conditioning emulsifier that you want to use in your hair, and your hair likes it, then enjoy!
As a note, the first product is a lotion, while the second and third are conditioners. Very little difference in appearance.
Having said all of this...this only applies to positively charged or cationic emulsifiers, like BTMS-25, BTMS-50, BTMS-225, cetriomonium bromide, and so on. It doesn't apply to Polawax, which is non-ionic, or Ritamulse SCG, which is slightly anionic. These are lotion making emulsifiers, not conditioning emulsifiers, although some people enjoy them in conditioners.
Anionic, cationic, non-ionic?
Using different emulsifiers in conditioners
Related recipes - lotions:
An aside: Leave in conditioners become light lotions
Formulating facial moisturizers - silicone based
Formulating facial moisturizers - for oily skin (oil free)
Modifying lotion recipes - that powdery feeling
Related recipes - shaving products:
Conditioners become shaving products (part 1)
Conditioners become shaving products (part 2)
An aside: Conditioners become beard conditioners
Modifying recipes: Conditioners become shaving lotions
Experiments with BTMS-225: Shaving lotion
Solid conditioner bars become shaving bars (my favourite shaving product recipe!)
Related recipes - drier feeling lotions: I'd check the men's products section first!
Related recipes - hair conditioners: I'd check the hair care products section first!
I have at least a hundred recipes on this blog using BTMS-50 or BTMS-225 as the emulsifier or as the main conditioning agent, so I recommend doing a search for more recipes!