In the What do you want to know post, Lynne asked me for my favourite speciality ingredients, so I thought I'd share my favourite fancy ingredients with you. I've had a hard time winnowing the list down to the five or six she suggested, which is why this post has taken me a week of thinking. I present you with my best efforts along with links to where you could buy them.
Babassu oil (body & facial care, hair care): I love love love this solid at room temperature oil. It feels really light and non-greasy on our skin, and you can feel the light coating on your skin for hours afterwards.
Find it at loads of suppliers!
Cetrimonium chloride (hair care): This cationic or positively charged liquid ingredient does wonders for detangling and softening hair at as little as 2% in a rinse off or leave in conditioner. It really does make the difference between brushing my hair by myself or asking my husband to give me a hand. Plus, the softening qualities are really nice.
Find it at The Personal Formulator
Green tea extract, oil soluble (body and facial care): I love this version of green tea extract as I can add it to my anhydrous balms and whipped butter and get all of the goodness of the anti-oxidants
Find it at Brambleberry or Otion (retail shop).
Volumizing complex (hair care): This liquid complex is the perfect addition to my leave in conditioner, and I've noticed a really huge difference when I don't use it. My hair feels bouncier and my curls are softer but pronounced.
Find it at the Formulator Sample Shop
Chrysanthemum extract (body and facial care): I love this extract, also called feverfew extract, because it offers a ton of anti-inflammatory properties to my products. (It's supposed to be good for rosacea and rosacea prone skin, but that sounds like a medical claim to me, so I won't make it!)
Find it at Voyageur Soap & Candle
Polyquat 44 (body & facial care, hair care): I love this cationic polymer so much. It's used at lower levels than we would use other polyquats, and it doesn't cause build up on our hair.
Find it at The Personal Formulator.
Cera bellina (body & facial care): This is a modified version of beeswax we can use to create gels from oils and as a replacement for beeswax in lotions and any other creation. I really like it because it's not as thick feeling as beeswax and doesn't create such a waxy layer on our skin in lotions. It feels less greasy, and we can use it to reduce graininess in butters. (Click here for my oily gel recipe.)
Find it at Lotioncrafter or Brambleberry
And one that I'm just getting into is the Vital Hair & Scalp Complex I found at Voyageur Soap & Candle (hair care). I'm finding my scalp feels less greasy using it, but that could be the very dry weather we're having right now. I'm still testing it.
Quick note: I'm not affiliated with any of the companies I mention here, and I don't get any form of renumeration for mentioning them or their products. I'm sharing because I love these products! I have purchased all but the volumizing complex with my own money earned from my job, so I'm not beholden to anyone. I share my suppliers so you can find my favourite ingredients!
What are your favourite must-have fancy or exotic ingredients? Share with your fellow crafters! And can you make suggestions for other suppliers?