increase the mildness, decrease the wet and dry combing forces on our hair, and offer emolliency and detangling properties. So let's take a look at adding this to a conditioning shampoo.
As we know, the goal of a conditioning shampoo is to increase the conditioning agents in the product. We generally use a cationic polymer like honeyquat or polyquat 7 and dimethicone to get these results, but we can use Cromollient SCE alone or with other esters to get similar results. We saw how to use PPG-3 benzyl myristate in a shampoo to replace the dimethicone in a previous post and we can use both of them in this shampoo if you wish...but let's take a look at using Cromollient SCE at 3% on its own first!
Cromollient SCE is a great choice for all hair types - dry hair likes the emollience, and oily hair can benefit from esters for more emollience without a ton of greasiness. It can help us oily hair types get extra detangling and emollience without increasing the chances of a really bad hair day! Since I like a lot of conditioning and detangling, I'll leave in the dimethicone and conditioning agents, but you can modify this for your preferences.
CONDITIONING SHAMPOO RECIPE FOR OILY HAIR WITH CROMOLLIENT SCE
15% C14-16 olefin sulfonate
15% DLS mild
10% aloe vera or witch hazel
10% lovely hydrosol like orange blossom, peppermint, or rosemary
10% Amphosol CG
3% Cromollient SCE
2% hydrolyzed protein (silk for non-frizzy hair, Cromoist for frizzy hair)
2% dimethicone or condition-eze 7
2% essential oil blend
(optional) 0.5% extract - grapeseed or rosemary
up to 2% Crothix
0.5% Germall Plus or 1.0% Germaben II
Colour, if desired
Note: Feel free to leave out the aloe vera and hydrosol and use all water!
Use the general instructions for shampoo making for this recipe.
And yes, you'd do the same thing if you wanted to add this ingredient into a body wash - add up to 3% in the same phase as the surfactant and remove 3% from the water phase! (In fact, anywhere you can use something like PEG-7 olivate, you can use Cromollient SCE! Both are water soluble or dispersible!)
As a note, if you wanted something really emollient in a body wash, consider using a combination of esters like PEG-7 olivate and Cromollient SCE, or PEG-7 olivate and myristamine oxide or even something like glycol distearate and another ester to get something really moisturizing! Oh heck, let's look at this tomorrow instead of writing all these substitutions!
And consider using Cromollient SCE at 3% in a rinse off conditioner and 1% in a leave in conditioner! Just remove the appropriate percentage from your water phase and you've got yourself a detangling, conditioning, and lubricating conditioner! Take a look at these recipes for the rinse off or leave in conditioners and just substitute Cromollient SCE for the ester you don't want to use!
Join me tomorrow for fun formulating a really moisturizing body wash tomorrow with Cromollient SCE!