On the fifth day of December, Swift gave to me…

On the fifth day of December, Swift gave to me…this ECOcert Varisoft EQ 65 conditioner using LuxGlide silicone replacements. This is suitable for all hair types, although some of you might want more conditioning and detangling. (I’ll be sharing some formulas like this here shortly…)  I taught this formula at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in November...

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Weekend Wonderings: Can I combine cationic ingredients with non-ionic or anionic surfactants?

I’m doing my best to respond to your comments, but considering the other day I made it through three comments before spending a morning researching and writing yesterday’s post on cetrimonium chloride, it’s not as simple as writing a few lines and being done if I want to offer you the most information I can....

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? A few other suggestions for ingredients, and links to all the posts in this series

Thanks for joining me over the last week or so as we explored some ideas on how we could create conditioners that add volume, retain curls, and avoid weighing down our hair. You’ll find the permanent links to this series in the hair chemistry & hair care products section of the blog. August 8th: Using conditioning...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine – a few variations

Yesterday, we took a look at how to make another rinse off conditioner with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine. Today, let’s look at a few variations on this formula so you can modify it for your hair type. If you have dry hair, you’ll want to include humectants and emollients in your version. Glycerin can be a great...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine – another formula

Yesterday, we took another look at stearamidopropyl dimethylamine and how to use it in formulas for fine or curly hair to retain volume and reduce that feeling of being weighed down. Today, let’s modify that formula to include some other things we like for our hair. We need to use some kind of fatty alcohol...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

Welcome back to this series on creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls! We’ve been taking a look at different ways to formulate rinse off and leave in conditioners – check out the links at the bottom of this post for the rest of the series – and today I thought we could take...

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Subscribers’ Q&A: Why does my hair feel nicer with shampoo bars? And why can’t we use Incroquat BTMS-50 in a liquid shampoo?

In the June Q&A, Melanie asked: I have a question about shampoo. I have been making your basic shampoo recipe. I then became intrigued by the concept of shampoo bars. I made some and find they are so much nicer on my processed hair, which tends to be dry. I do however, find a liquid more...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Conditioners & cationic polymers

If this is the first post you’ve seen on this topic, we’ve been working on it for a while. Here’s the list so far… Making shampoo bars with sodium coco sulfate: Duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar Surfactants: Sodium coco sulfate or SCS Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Powdered surfactants Creating a...

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Various & sundry things: Moisturizing for baldy heads, link to article, and the freezing point of urine

I am so bored lying here on the couch on my heating pad as my back pain continues. I went for an epidural on Saturday and have a second scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, but it’s still too painful to stand for more than a few minutes or sit for a while. I have another...

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Member exclusive: Making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65 (part one)

In the January Patreon Q&A, Emmi asked how we could incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars, then casually mentioned she had Varisoft EQ 65 that she might be able to use as an emulsifier. Yes, this is possible, as we saw in this solid scrub bar! We’ve made so many lotions using cationic quaternary...

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