Friday, November 26, 2010

Men's products: Recipes for a 3-in-1 body wash & shampoo

Yesterday we established our goals and ingredients for making a 3-in-1 body wash with a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, so let's take a look at different ingredient combinations!

I've chosen SCI as the basis for this product. If you have dry hair, consider using SCI with stearic acid. If you have oily hair, consider using SCI without stearic acid (usually the granules). If you don't have SCI, check out tomorrow's post for a variation without SCI! And take a look at yesterday's post to figure out which surfactant you want to add!

43% water
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
10% SCI
15% C14-16 olefin sulfonate or other surfactant for your hair/skin type
10% aloe vera
3% glycerin
2% cetrimonium chloride (optional)
0.5% polyquat 44
2% hydrolyzed protein
4% PEG-7 olivate or other water soluble oil

3% honeyquat
4% dimethicone
2% panthenol
1% fragrance or essential oil
0.5% to 1% preservative

up to 2% Crothix (do not add until the mixture has cooled - see disclaimer below)

Weigh out the SCI and cocamidopropyl betaine and melt them in a double boiler with the SCI until the noodles or granules have melted. Now add the rest of the heated phase and heat until it is very liquidy and melty.

When the mixture reaches 45˚C, add the cool down phase. After adding your fragrance, mix it well and let it sit until it has completely cooled down so you can check the viscosity.

If you like the viscosity, pour it into a bottle and rejoice. If you find this is too thin, add up to 1% Crothix and mix well. If you like it, stop adding Crothix. If it's still too thin - which can happen with vanilla based fragrance oils - then add up to 1% more Crothix. That should be enough! If it isn't, keep adding liquid Crothix 0.5% at a time until it reaches the consistency you like.

Join me tomorrow for more fun with 3-in-1 products (which, by the way, can be used as just a body wash or just a 2-in-1 or just a shampoo after which you might use conditioner).

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