I wanted to play with Argan Oil, with it's great reputation for all sorts of skin and hair care applications, and conditioners being such a favourite of mine to formulate, I combined Oliv Wax LQC, Oat Extract, Sodium Lactate Plus and Vitamin E. This is nice dispensed from a Pump Bottle or a Stubby Bottle with a flip lid as it's one of my lighter conditioner formulas. I scented it with Violet Fragrance (like the one you see advertised on television so much and though not a floral person as a rule I do like it!
Equipment you'll need:
1 Pyrex or Microwave Safe jug - 1 litre size
1 Pyrex or microwave safe jug - 250 - 500ml size
Stick Blender or small electric balloon whisk - this must sit UNDER the surface of the mixture
Small hand whisk, spatulas etc
- 516g Distilled Water (86%)
- 2.4g Liquid Germall Plus (0.4%) - I used Liquid Germall Plus, but you can also use Phenoserve (0.75%), or use Geogard Ultra (1.0%)
- Up to 4g Violet Fragrance or Essential Oils of choice (0.6%) – adjust to suit- add slowly and sniff as you go!
Prepare ingredients and work space so you have everything to hand
Measure the Distilled Water in a large (1 Litre) Pyrex or microwave safe jug
Heat in microwave to 75°C
Now place Phase B Ingredients into a smaller jug and heat in microwave to 70°C
Once removed from heat, check the water jug temperature has not dropped below 70°C and then combine Phase A (water phase) and Phase B (Oil Phase) and give a few blasts with the stick blender. Continue to mix intermittently Use a stick blender held well down under the surface to ensure a smooth mixture without introducing any air into the emulsion. Pulse several times until you see the mixture come together
Mix periodically until the mixture cools to approximately 40°C
During cool down, give one or two zaps on the stick blender, and switch to a balloon whisk if necessary to ensure the mixture maintains a smooth, creamy consistency
Now add Hydrolyzed Oats/Oat Extract/Nettle Extract and combine well
Add the preservative (Liquid Germall Plus), and then the Essential Oils or Violet Fragrance
Allow to sit to cool completely before piping into the bottles - though you can of course test it immediately!
The stabiliser in this formula use a liquid crystal system and over zealous stick blending will cause this to break down over time.
If you want to increase moisturising properties further, increase the Hydrolyzed Oats and add some dl Panthenol, and decrease the water content accordingly.
To see our recommended suggestions to scent surfactant and hair products, you can see them here
If using Geogard Ultra you'll need hydrate and set aside, and also test the pH of the conditioner and adjust with citric acid until you achieve a pH of 4.5 - 5