First time making hair styling cream

SincityfireSincityfire Member
edited February 26 in Formulating
Hello,

I'm trying to make a hair styling cream without fragrance due to my job where strong fragrances are discouraged and most styling products have strong fragrances.

I like Lush's "Dirty Hair Styling Cream" and want to try to make something that can perform similarly. It has a strong but flexible hold with a cream texture and matte finish.

The ingredients for that is: "Linseed Mucilage, Lemon Balm Infusion, Japan Wax, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Propylene Glycol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sandalwood Oil, Siberian Fir Needle Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, *Linalool, *Limonene, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben"

I haven't been able to find many starting-point formula's that are similar but I have written the following using materials I already have(except the PVP):

Heated water phase:
72% Water
2% Iota Carrageenan
2% Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)
3% Propanediol
0.2% Allantoin
0.4% Phenonip

Heated oil phase:
1% Rice Bran Wax
5% Coconut Oil
5% Cetearyl Alcohol
5% Cocoa Butter
4% Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate
0.4% Phenonip

Phenonip - (Phenoxyethanol (and) Methylparaben (and) Ethylparaben (and) Butylparaben (and) Propylparaben (and) Isobutylparaben) 

Method: Measure each phase into separate beakers, heat in water bath until both 75°C, take off heat and pour water phase into oil phase, use stick blender and blend for 10 minutes, cool and then cover, let sit in beaker for 1 day, then package.

I wanted to replace the Linseed Mucilage with Carrageenan since they are both similar texture, I think they would work similarly.

I don't have any Japan Wax or Candelilla Wax so I've swapped it for rice bran wax.

I haven't worked with Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) before, would this combination work? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


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