I’m a home formulator just making products for my own use. I am looking for some feedback on a rinse-out conditioner formulation that I have been using. I want something conditioning for my bleached, curly hair and find this isn’t quite doing it. These are the ingredients as supplied:
Demineralised water – 72%
BTMS 50 – 7%
Cetyl alcohol – 3%
Argan oil – 6%
CETAC (25%) – 2%
Cyclomethicone – 2%
Dimethicone – 2%
Hydrolised wheat protein – 2%
Chamomile extract – 1%
B5 – 2%
Fragrance - 0.5%
Preservative - 0.5%
I have learned from this forum that the BTMS is too high, but I have kept it at this level because I am looking for that extra conditioning. I also expect that the chamomile, wheat protein and B5 are just being washed away and am keen to produce to something that is simple and not wasteful.
Here are my specific questions (although any feedback is appreciated):
1. I do sometimes add polyquaternium 7 but as I use it in a leave-in conditioner have started leaving it out. Should I reintroduce it? I can get polyquaternium 10. Should I use that if it I am looking for more conditioning?
2. I have limited access in my country to many of the ingredients recommended in this forum, such as amodimethicone, but I can get polyester-11 (kerazyne), which I believe is similar. If I were to use this, would I use it in place of the silicones and polyquaternium?
3. I have always used BTMS but now find that I can get behentrimonium chloride from a supplier. If I was to try this, would I use it in addition to the BTMS/CETAC or in combination? If so, what percentages would be appropriate?
Thanks in advance.
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