My name is Lauren and I’m new to this forum. I am based in Utah. My degree is in microbiology but my career was mostly molecular biology (PCR, cell culture, etc.). After a long hiatus, I am in the position of formulator at a personal care company. I have been working 2 days a week for about 4 years. Up until recently, I have had clear instructions from batch records with easy to follow formulations just to tweak viscosity, flavors, scents, etc. About a year ago, I began trying to backwards engineer things like body wash, shampoo and conditioner. I am also trying to come up with my own formulations. The question I have is about hair conditioner and if I can add dimethicone directly to the formulation after adding the emulsifiers or if I have to solubilize it first. I have googled it but have not been able to decipher all of the information. It incorporates well, but I want to make sure it is safe for use.
Here is a list of my components:
DI water (q.s.)
Centrimonium chloride 1.5%
Behentrimonium Choride 2.5%
Cetyl alcohol 3%
Cetearyl alcohol 1.5%
Argan oil 1%
Essential oil (q.s.)
Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone 1%
Thank to anyone for advice/help you can offer on this subject.
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