Hi, I have a background in research chemistry and chemical engineering, but my work is in environmental applications. My cosmetic chemistry background is limited, so please bear with me if what I am saying comes off as very basic. I'd like some guidance on what I might try to tackle this problem.
I've got a detangler that has been likely made by cold mix methods (guessing on this). It actually works very well, it's not greasy to feel, not a lot of slip, and seems to work by softening. It's milky and slightly lumpy when in solution. It must be shaken and on sitting for a day or so will result in the solution to separate into it's oil and aqueous layers, with a precipitate forming in the aqueous layer. The ingredients are deionized water, dimethicone, Argan Oil, petroleum, mineral oil, cetearyl alcohol, pyrus malus extract, c12-15 alkylbenzoate, hydrolyzed silk and corn proteins. I do not know % and I am personally not finding a base that was tweaked to create this. I'd like to do a better job with these ingredients, and fix it to have emulsion properties. Could someone shed some light on what may be going on with this solution? Thank you!