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Julie writes: Made my first conditioner last night! I used this recipe and I LOVED it! I'm so glad I listened to you and bought the BTMS 50 because I originally had no interest in making conditioner. My hair feels so amazing! I made a solid shampoo last week with minty tingly EO's, so I made the conditioner to match and it's awesome. I can't believe how soft my hair feels. I think the conditioner definitely couldve been thicker though. I'll be browsing through the other recipes to make one with more additives. I just got my first order of Panthenol also so I'll be trying that out today. I couldn't not buy it considering its in almost every recipe! Thanks!
Yay, Julie! So how do you feel about it a few days later? Did you modify your conditioner? What kinds of things do you think you'd like to add next time? What could you do to make the product thicker? Do you think you'd want to add more BTMS-50 or some fatty alcohols to enhance the substantivity?
Michelle writes: Yep this was me a few months ago. I had emailed you my thoughts you did tell me just to make something and stop researching ;-) I made conditioner 4x's. First was too thin. Second I loved and made again. Fourth I removed some oils and still love it. It feels like it isn't penetrating my hair but the curls are AMAZING! I went ahead and ordered green tea and carrot extract for the 3&4th batches. LOVE IT. I am addicted. I use Bramble Berry's extracts and fragrance oils. I get so many compliments on the scent. I had a few ladies hang around to sniff me.
Thanks for sharing your process, Michelle. It's all about tweaking and tweaking and tweaking - which is so much fun! No matter how much I love a product, I'm always thinking about what I could do differently next time. I know, I have a problem...but it's a fun problem to have!
Ashley asks: I'm just curious could I add honey powder to my conditioner? Or even to a moisturizer?
What is the purpose of honey powder? Once you know the purpose, you can figure out if you should add it. I think it's used in a liquid as a humectant - that's how I've used it in the past - so you could use is in a conditioner as a humectant, if you wish. I don't know if it's the best humectant you could use, but it would behave that way. I've used it in the cool down phase of the product, so I suggest you figure out the suggested usage rate and add it when the product gets below 45˚C or 113˚F.
soblue asks: I really want to just try this but i would like to try natural- I know, i read your thoughts on natural, too. lol. Are there ecocert ingredients available to use for conditioner and shampoos? I'm tired of researching... ;D thanks!
soblue, you know I'm going to give you the short lecture, so let's get it out of the way! I know you can be tired of researching at some point - believe me, I get to that point regularly - but part of learning your ingredients is staying curious. If it's that important that you have a natural conditioner, then you have to do your homework and keep researching.
Having said that - No. Not that I can find. If you consider what a conditioner is, you'll see that there's nothing natural that can fit this description.
If you don't have adsorption and substantivity, you don't have a conditioner. And there are no natural ingredients we can find that behave this way. I've seen people claim that things like catnip, various teas, vinegar, and so on are conditioners. They are not conditioners because they don't adsorb to your hair strand. They can be considered apres shampooing cleansers or rinses, but they are not conditioners.
If you see a conditioner that claims to be all natural it is either not a conditioner or not telling the truth. There is no way I would consider any of the cationic quaternary compounds natural in any way. There are people who use Ritamulse SCG as a conditioner - it's actually negatively charged, so I'm not completely sure how this works because you aren't supposed to use any positively charged ingredients with this emulsifier.
hair care section of the blog for some ideas on how to tweak your conditioners! If not, see you next week!
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