originally made for him for his after swim shower, and I thought I'd make more for daily life without the swimming ingredients.
I kept the ingredients relatively the same - I liked the surfactant mix I used and I liked the other hydrating ingredients - but I thought I'd switch out the proteins. I've made this twice recently, once with pisum sativum peptide and this week with lupine amino acids.
3-IN-1 SHAMPOO CONDITIONER AND BODY WASH WITH LUPINE AMINO ACIDS
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
15% C14-16 olefin sulfonate
10% rosemary hydrosol
10% witch hazel
10% aloe vera
0.5% polyquat 44
2% cetrimonium chloride
2% lupine amino acids
2% PEG-7 olivate
1% fragrance oil
0.5% liquid Germall Plus (preservative)
1.5% liquid white willow bark extract
Mix the surfactants and water in a suitably large container and mix well with a fork until it is all gooey and not looking like water with some stuff in it. (Try not to get too many bubbles in the mix, as it can take days for it to come out!) Mix all the rest of the ingredients. If you want this to be thicker, you can add 1% Crothix, then mix well. Add another if it needs it, mix well, and so on until you reach no more than 5% Crothix. If it is still too runny, you can put it in a pump bottle to make it easier to use.
Fragrances can affect the viscosity and clarity of your surfactant based products, which is why I make the suggestion to use the fragrance first, then the Crothix!
The colour difference between this version and the one at the top of the post is that this one has powdered white willow bark in it at 0.5% and it is a very brown colour. This is the reason for using a liquid extract - it's clear, so it makes for clearer and less coloured products.
Feel free to add a colour to your product if you want to try to cover up the brown-ness of it. I use LabColours, and I suggest that you get a dye or colour that works with cosmetics as opposed to using food colouring, which isn't approved for use on your body.
What can you do if you don't have the ingredients I list here? What are the odds you'd have all these ingredients, eh? I encourage you to take a look at the original post for this body wash and see why I'm using what I'm using and what you could use instead. The main ingredients are the surfactants - those are the bubbly, foamy, and lathery ingredients - and you can feel free to change them if you want. I chose these because ACI offers what is called an elegant and conditioned skin feel and C14-16 olefin sulfonate is good for oily skin and hair, which is what my husband has. If you wanted to make this for dry skin and hair, you could leave out the C14-16 olefin sulfonate all together and add more water to the mix, or choose another surfactant that works for your hair and skin type. I chose the hydrosols as being good for oily skin and hair, but you could alter that to be rose hydrosol or another one suitable for dry skin and hair.
Join me tomorrow as we have more fun formulating!