I am a new business owner in the UK and I've been experimenting with my product for weeks now but I still can't achieve what I'm looking for. I would love to hear opinions, suggestions/recommendations from you regarding my Conditioner Bar formula:
20% Behentrimonium Methosulfate
25% Cetearyl Alcohol
25% Coconut Oil
10% Cocoa Butter
.5-1% DL Panthenol
1% Broccoli Seed Oil (Silicone Alternative)
.5-1% Phenoxyethanol (90% active with Ethylhexyglycerin)
.5-1% Tocopheyl Acetate
1-2% Fragrance Oil / Essential Oil
I find the product really good at detangling and conditioning my hair but the application is isn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be.
I use Crodazoquat (40% Behentrimonium Methosulfate, 30% Quaternium-87, 30% Cetearyl alcohol) as my conditioning agent. I have tried this on 20%, 30%, 40%, and 50% of my formula but still find it too waxy and draggy.
I 've tried tweaking with the amount of oils and waxes like argan oil and shea butter in it but still think that it doesn't apply quick enough without being too soft.
Q1: I've been looking into adding a lathering or bubbling agent, is there something I could use that would be compatible with my cationic materials and remain anhydrous (If impossible to keep the bar anhydrous, what would be the best surfactant to add)?
Q2: What amount/percentage of Behentrimonium Methosulfate would be enough for conditioner bars to emulsify and condition the hair?
Q3: Aside from the preservative, What materials am I using that are not considered ''Natural''?
Q4: Am I using the right Vitamin E as an antioxidant for essential oils in my product?
I would be more than grateful for everyone willing to help me out with this. I have been learning a lot from past discussions here and very thankful for all the knowledge I gathered; Hopefully, I could help someone else in the future.
Thanks in advance! 😘
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