I’ve tried a few different variations but this one seems to be my favorite. I prefer Argan oil over jojoba, avocado and hemp seed oils and I prefer nettle over cucumber, lotus and carrot. I’m just going to put my favorite things together into one conditioner. This recipe will make 70 oz and fill 4 conditioner bottles.
1758 g distilled water
121 g BTMS-50
24 g DL-Panthenol
28 g nettle extract
28 g hydrolyzed oats
24 g Argan oil
.24 g fragrance (optional)
1% Preservative, I used Optiphen-ND
In a double boiler, melt BTMS-50 and Argan oils together.
In a mixing bowl heat the distilled water to 150 degrees. Whisk the DL-Panthenol into the water and mix until dissolved.
Add the melted BTMS and Argan slowly to the distilled water while whisking constantly. Using a stick blender, blend in 5 second bursts until well combined. Add the nettle extract, Hydrolyzed oats, fragrance and preservative, blending again as you add each. The preservative should be the final ingredient added. Once all ingredients are added blend in bursts for 1 or two minutes.
Using a pH test strip, test the conditioner, you will want it in the 5-6 range, you can bring the number lower by adding a small amount of citric acid dissolved in distilled water, blend it all again and retest.
Once the pH is to your liking then continue to blend in bursts every 5- 10 minutes until the temperature drops below 120 degrees and it has started to thicken slightly. You want to pour it into bottles before it thickens too much which can make for a messy pour. To prevent condensation let the bottles sit without the lids for several hours, until they are room temperature, before caping.
Keeping myself busy before my next round of soap making.
I usually just make up a few tablespoons of face mask each time I want it but I decided to try something new this time so this is a step up from my quick masks. I have added emusifying wax and BTMS-50, and Orchid Extract to my usual clay and water. I rounded the recipe out with jojoba and argan oils. This recipe makes 8oz.
Rhassoul Clay Mask with Orchid Extract & Rose Water
4.24 oz Distilled Water
.35 oz Jojoba Oil
.26 oz Argan Oil
.26 oz Emulsifying Wax
.02 oz BTMS-50
1.10 oz Rhassoul Clay
1.50 oz Rose Water
.13 oz Orchid Extract
1% Optiphen ND
Heat jojoba, argan, emulsifying wax and BTMS-50 in a double boiler until melted and clear.
Heat water to around 170 degrees F.
Mix the oil and water mixture and stick blend in burst for about a minute. Add the clay a tablespoon at a time, blending in bursts until it is fully incorporated.
Let it cool down to around 130 degrees before adding the rose water, Orchid Extract and Optiphen ND.
Mix in bursts for several minutes. Depending on your clay and evaporation you may need a bit more clay. If you substitute with a different clay you may have to slightly adjust to get the right balance of liquid and clay that is to your liking. Continue to mix it occasionally until it has fully cooled, it will set up a bit as it sits. This was about the consistency of yogurt when I poured it. Tap the container on the counter after you fill it to release any air bubbles.
This recipe turned out to be the consistency of whipped yogurt after setting up and feels lite and fluffy.
I ran out of hair conditioner while moving so I made this up quick.
I went heavy on the extracts and there is almost no oil in it because I co-wash. If you use this small amount of oil, melting the BTMS-50 in a double boiler can be a bit of a struggle, make sure the Distilled Water is also hot and whisk as you mix them, I recommend checking the instructions and temperature listings on the ingredient packages so you know when to add your extracts. I scented it with Pikake flower and tart apple as my last ingredients along with the preservative.
28.3 grams BTMS -50
5.66 grams Argan Oil
411 grams Distilled Water
5.66 grams Pantenol
28.3 grams Aloe Extract
28.3 grams Avocado Extract
28.3 grams Nettle Extract
28.3 grams Liquid Silk
5.66 grams Hydrolyzed Oats
5.66 milliliters Optiphen ND
It’s officially the girliest thing I have ever made, I present Rose Water Lotion.
I used argan, jojoba, sweet almond, and coconut oils along with mango butter, sea buckthorn and oat extract. Scented with rose water.
It’s very light and silky lotion and has a delicate lingering rose scent.
Here we go, I’ve been reading up on this for a while a few things to get familiar with before you start should be cationic quaternary compound’s and PH.
I feel like I am ready to try making a batch of hair conditioner. I researched ingredients for a while then built some basic recipes around what I have on hand. Sketched out several recipes for General Use(Argan & Nettle), Moisturizing (Coconut & Avocado) , Dandruff(Tea Tree, Avocado & Nettle), Winter Hair (Carrot & Oat), Invigorating(Jojoba, Rosemary & Peppermint).
My first attempt is as follows, this was my ‘general use’ idea.
90.5% Distilled Water
3% Nettle Extract
1% Argan Oil
1% Fragrance (I used green apple)
It was a little on the thin side, and very appley! If I were remaking this recipe right now I would make the following adjustments 0.5% fragrance and 4% BTMS-50.