behentrimonium chloride vs BTMS

IS there an difference between these two, as it relates to hair conditioning? Is one of them more powerful than the other, or do they essential do the same thing, but chemically different?


  • JiniJini Member
    Behentrimonium Chloride is the "active" ingredient in BTMS, this is a cationic quaternary ammonium compound (docosyltrimethylammonium chlorid) made from colza oil (canola oil) with potent conditioning effect. Where as BTMS is a complete conditioning emulsifier. BC is probably more conditioning because BC is the star ingredient on BTMS, how ever i belive you cant emulsify with BC alone.

    Hope that helped :)
  • johnbjohnb Member
    The technical difference between behentrimonium chloride and behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS) is the nature of the anion which has little or no influence on the conditioning properties of the compounds.

    The practical difference between behentrimonium chloride and behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS) is that the latter is usually a semi-compounded product comprising a 50/50 mixture of the named material together with cetearyl alcohol and sometimes a glycol. For this reason, for most purposes, it can be considered that BTMS is half as effective as behentrimonium chloride.

    BTMS as normally available (i.e the mixture) can be formulated into a simple conditioner by mixing with hot water and stirring whilst cooling.

  • JiniJini Member
    Grate answer johnb! Thanks for that insight.
  • Thanks for answering my question! Great answers
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