Leave in conditioner formula

Hello there everyone!  I would love some advice on a formula I am developing. I am trying to create a leave in product that will detangle, moisturize, and repair hair. What I have learned as I have been experimenting is that procedure is also very important, and can make or break what you are trying to achieve. So I will include that for critique as well. 

Phase A
86.38% Distilled water(marshmallow/lavender infused tea)
1% glycerin 

Phase B
2% Almond oil 
2% Baobab oil
2% Mango butter
1.2 % Muru Muru butter
1.88% Btms-50
0.75% Emulsifying Wax NF

Phase c
1% Baobab hydrolyzed protein
0.80% Pineapple fragrance oil
0.70% Optiphen plus 

I used an emersion blender to combine Phase A and B.
Left to cool for some time.
Blended again for 2 minutes.
Left to cool again.
Added phase C blend again for two minutes.
Left to set for about 2 hours.

I just want to pretty much know how stable this formula is and if there is enough preservatives. Also are my oils to high? I do like the creamy texture but I wouldn't mind it being a tad thinner. Do I really need to incorporate emulsifying wax NF? Any other advices is greatly welcomed. Thank you in advance.
xoxo Mangogirl


  • letsalcidoletsalcido Member
    edited April 2020
    I’m no expert here but I’d throw a rheology modifier in your water phase to help stabilize the emulsion. xanthan gum, or a modified cellulose.

    Are you trying to achieve a sprayable, lotion or cream consistency leave in conditioner?

    Also, I do think oils are pretty high. It may leave the hair pretty heavy. 
  • Almond oil is heavy and greasy. There are much lighter carrier oils.
    Preservative % is good. That's assuming you've washed and sterilized thoroughly. I know what you're thinking, you don't want your product to get mold. If everything is washed thoroughly, optiphen is good at 0.5%. Don't let the fear of "enough preservative" paralyze you.

    I'd add some propylene glycol too. Unless someone disagrees. 

    This recipe seems heavy to me for a leave in conditioner. 
  • You have some expensive oils/butter in your formula but the BTMS is actually what will work best.  I would remove the emulsifying wax and increase the BTMS-50 to 4%. I would also lower the oils and butter to the 1% range. 
Sign In or Register to comment.