Custom Shampoo, Coming Right Up - Almost
Plain & Simple Herbal Shampoo and requested a version with some 'conditioning action' added to it. She also wanted to try a new scent, so I suggested basing it on geranium. Voilá! Except not quite...
Let's Not Start From ScratchI whipped out my Plain & Simple shampoo surfactant base, thinking this would be a quick and easy job. Because the Plain & Simple shampoos have no additional 'extras' at all in the formula, a fat-restoring ingredient was required, and adding actives such as panthenol and silk protein just made sense to include.
My Fave Fat RestorerJojoba is my number one fat-restoring agent of choice. It is great for hair and scalp, is tolerated by even the most sensitive skin (even babies), and is about as close to human sebum as you can get in a plant-based product. I have experimented with dosages numerous times, and found it is possible to add a pretty generous amount without messing up the cleansing function of a shampoo or body wash. I added a generous dose.
Oblivious To The PastHumming away as I worked, I had completely blanked out what happened last time I tried doing what I was doing: adding extra ingredients to a delicately balanced mix of surfactants that had the perfect texture. Within 24 hours, however, it all came back to me. The shampoo worked just great, but the viscosity had changed. It had gone as runny as water.