Yipi and I need a good conditioner for our dry hair. After doing research and trying in vain to solely use the conditioner from GFSoap, I decided to get in the kitchen and whip something up. I turned to Youtube, of course, and found a few tutorials that were very interesting, but they did not work out for me. I can’t use the preservatives, emulsifiers, or activators that they require. Back to square one. I gave up for a while…until Saturday night. Eureka!
Please keep in mind, since I am not using a preservative I will need to use the conditioner within the week so that no bacterial growth occurs. Water containing personal care products are prone to grown bacteria rather quickly. Make sure you whip up an amount that you will be sure to use within a week. I did not use enough borax in this recipe, I’m experiencing slight separation of oils and butters. I’ve made changes and will include them below. The changes have not been tested as of yet.
If you do not have some of the ingredients, like camelina oil, jojoba oil, or calendula infused herbal oil, use what you have! Go to this site to learn about the different properties of oils. Corn allergic/intolerant individuals: Make sure which ever oils you decide to use are processed without the use of de-gummers, solvents, or any potential corn derivatives. I choose lavender and tea tree essential oils for this recipe but you can use whichever combination you like. Experiment, make mistakes, learn. This is not the first conditioner I’ve tried.
This conditioner is fantastic! Why? It feels silky and spreads through my hair very easily (I have thick, curly hair). It leaves my hair feeling soft and conditioned. It helps to make my curls more manageable though it is a bit heavy, definitely won’t need a leave-in. It is thicker than the watery GFSoap conditioner. It is 63% cheaper than the GFSoap conditioner (YAY!!!) and it would be even cheaper if I did not use the jojoba oil or camelina oil. It is VERY easy to make and took less than 45 minutes. A little goes a long way. Start with a small amount on your hair and work up to the desired amount. My next recipe will use a higher percentage of filtered water, possibly some calendula or honeysuckle hydrosol.
Here are a few suggestions for substitutions. I used the arrowroot starch as my thickener but you might be able to substitute this with a safe tapioca starch and even potato starch if you’re daring. As I mentioned before, if you do not have jojoba, camelina, or calendula infused oil, use more coconut and olive oil. You can use any essential oils (organic, steam distilled) you like and have around the house. If you do not have shea butter you can use cocoa/cacao, illipe, kokum, or mango butter. I think the cacao or mango butter would smell wonderful. If you decide to use cocoa or mango butter be careful with essential oils. They might not blend well with the two scents. Illipe, kokum and mango butters are harder than shea so you may have to adjust the amount of candelilla wax. You can use beeswax or carnauba wax instead of candelilla wax. Beeswax is softer than candelilla so you might have to use slightly more. Carnauba wax is harder so you might need slightly less. I would you give a more definite measurements but I can’t use these waxes.
- 8 oz filtered water
- Used: 1/4 teaspoon of borax (1.25 ml)
- Probably needs: 3/4-1 teaspoon of borax (4.8 ml)
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (5 ml)
- 2 oz organic shea butter
- .5 oz candelilla wax
- 3 oz organic coconut oil
- 1 oz organic olive oil
- .5 oz organic jojoba oil
- .5 oz organic camelina oil
- .5 oz calendula infused herbal oil
- 10 drops of organic tea tree essential oil
- 20 drops of organic lavender essential oil
- Digital scale
- Glass or ceramic bowl
- Wooden stir stick (I used a chopstick)
- Two sauce pans
- Measuring cup/spoon: 1 cup and teaspoon
- 1 quart glass measuring cup or similar container
- Silicone spatula
- Immersion blender
- Add the water, borax and arrowroot powder to a saucepan and heat until powders are dissolved.
- Add the oil, butter, wax in a glass or ceramic bowl. Melt over a “double boiler.”
- Transfer the melted oil/butter/wax mixture into a 1-quart pyrex measuring cup. Use silicone spatula to scrap the bowl.
- Add the water solution to the melted oil/butter/wax mix.
- Blend with an immersion blender, in 4-6 second bursts, for about 5 minutes. Continue blending every so often as the mixture cools for the next 10 minutes.
- Add to desired container and use!