Membership exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – esters and Neossance Hemisqualane

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The versions I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – water soluble bamboo

In this post, Patreon Q&A: What’s a good vegan replacement for panthenol?, Doris asked for some ideas for substitutions for panthenol as she was worried it wasn’t vegan. The version I’ve been using are vegan, but it’s fun to think of other ingredients we might use in our products, so let’s take a look at...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Working with potential replacements for panthenol in hair care products – propanediol 1,3

In this post, we took a look at a few ingredients we could use as possible replacements for panthenol in hair care products as Doris was concerned that panthenol might be derived from animal sources. We ascertained that the versions I have at home from Voyageur Soap & Candle, Lotioncrafter, and Making Cosmetics are vegan,...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What makes a cleansing conditioner a cleansing conditioner?

Katherine asked: I’ve been using the Chaz Wen Hair care products (non-shampoo, cleansing conditioners) for a couple of years but, recently, began hearing about anecdotal reports of hair loss with this product line. I made the move to a non-shampoo approach to caring for my hair once I hit menopause. It seemed as if overnight...

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It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part four with ICE Hair Restore

Last Monday, we met a new, cold process conditioner I bought from Making Cosmetics called Ice Hair Restore (aka Gracefruit’s EasyMix Smooth or Jeesperse CPCS). Last Tuesday, we made a hair conditioner with it, then modified that on Wednesday into a more intense conditioner my best friend coined the Pineapple Express Intense Conditioner. Let’s modify … Read more

It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part two with ICE hair restore

Yesterday, we met a new hair conditioning ingredient, ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE-T CPCS or EasyMix Smooth from Gracefruit) INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium chloride (and) polyquaternium 37. It doesn’t need to be heated and held to work, so it’s perfect for these ridiculously hot days when going into your workshop to formulate with … Read more

It’s too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners – part one with ICE Hair Restore

Is it possible to make hair conditioners without heating or holding? Why are you even asking this question? What madness is this, Swift? I bought this cold process hair conditioning ingredient – called Ice Restore at Making Cosmetics* – INCI: Cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium chloride (and) polyquaternium 37 – that appears to be a product … Read more