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  • Hair and Scalp Serum

    Posted by Nadeem on March 25, 2023 at 8:03 am


    A few weeks ago, I asked my chemist friend to formulate a hair and scalp serum for me which could potentially stimulate hair growth, discourage hair loss and be generally good for the hair.

    He came up with this:

    Water QS

    Glycerin 4%

    Capixyl 3%

    Lactic acid 3%

    AnaGain 2%

    Procapil 2%

    DL Panthenol 2%

    Propylene Glycol 2%

    PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil 1.2%

    Keravis PE-LQ 1%

    Ginseng Extract 1%

    Phenoxyethanol 0.6%

    Pumpkin Seed Oil 0.5%

    Ceramide NP 0.5%

    Red Algae Extract 0.5%

    Sodium Benzoate 0.4%

    Sodium Hyaluronate 0.3%

    Vitamin E 0.2%

    Disodium EDTA 0.2%

    Allantoin 0.2%

    A sample was made from it.

    The thing is, it smells pretty bad, like sour or “medicinal” (if that’s understandable).


    - How can the sample be improve in terms of scent/fragrance? (to at least mask the bad smell without potentially irritant the scalp)

    - How can the formulation be improved?


    Nyatou replied 1 year, 4 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Nyatou

    March 25, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    easiest thing to do it’s to add a rosemary or lavender hydrosol or you have already oils so you could add essential oils as well with the solubiliser you are using.

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