We have been analyzing recipes to see what we can do to perfect the shelf consistency of the product to remain firm, even when it when the environment is warm or humid; along with being easy to use where it will create the “just right” creamy consistency of a conditioner when being used. We are sure there is the perfect ratio of thickeners/hardeners while still being something that will melt in your hands. So far we are not having any luck.
It seems the issue for us is that we wish to consist of 100% natural/plant based ingredients. We looking at recipes we are seeing agents being used that are not derived from plants. Currently we are working with Cetearyl Alcohol and Behentrimonium methosulfate – working together as BTMS-50. The names may be scary but there are genuinely plant based products, and not synthesized versions. Cetearyl Alcohol is a thickener for fats and oils. Don’t let the alcohol part scare you as it is a “fatty alcohol”, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be exceptionally beneficial for skin and hair. It is heavily used for lotions and conditioners throughout the cosmetic industry. Behentrimonium methosulfate is made from rape seed (canola) oil, and is a very popular conditioning agent along with being a great emulsifier. Together they work as a base for creating lotions and conditioners. Designed to be mixed with all your other butters and oils to bind them with water to get the right consistency. By adding higher ratios of Cetearyl alcohol you get a thicker to even solid product.
For now we are scrapping our Solid Conditioner plans until summer. The coming weeks we are busy building up inventory for the summer. Hopes are that we can piece together the right formula and have a product ready for Autumn. This project is important to us and we know it is something many are waiting for but we do not want to rush this and produce a mediocre product.