BTMS-50 Conditioning Emulsifier - Behentrimonium Methosulfate or BTMS is a vegetable based conditioning emulsifier. It can be used to emulsify lotions and scrubs but is more commonly used to make hair conditioners. The recommended usage rate is 1 – 15% though we find that much more than 6% in our hair conditioner recipes is overkill. This emulsifying system contains a large percentage of conditioning agents, making it appropriate for leave-on conditioning treatments as well as traditional rinse off hair care. This product contains no hazardous solvents and comes in an easy-to-work-with white pastille.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate is a quaternary ammonium salt derived from the natural plant oil Colza, or what is commonly known as Rapeseed Oil. It is both a mild primary emulsifier and an effective conditioning agent, which provides elegant cationic emulsions for both skin and hair care products. These emulsions leave hair tangle-free and feeling silky smooth and provide skin with a softer, powdery feel after use in skin products such as lotions and creams. BTMS-50 is also capable of emulsifying silicone, adding to its range in hair care products.
Our favorite hair conditioner recipe, using BTMS.
Ingredients: Botanical Name: Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene GlycolCommon Name: BTMS-50 Note: This product has a distinct odor that can be a bit surprising if you've never smelled it before. We've found that the odor isn't noticeable in finished products when used at 15% or less.
I just started using this in my almond lotion recently, and I can't believe what a difference it makes! The lotion has a smooth and almost powdery feel to it. The absorption factor is great. The only negative is that it smells kind of stinky out of the bag, but this doesn't carry over into my products. I am really excited to bring my lotions to market this year!
I only had to use a coditioner made with Btms-50 once and I will never use commercial conditioner again. Love it!
I first made Brambleberrys conditioner about a year ago and havent bought store bought conditioner again and never will. Along with the bramble berry shampoo base it makes your hair silky smooth.
This emulsifier works well in lotion. Tonight my temp must have been off because for the first time during the end of the mixing, I noticed the BTMS-50 had gup'd up in a few places at the bottom of the mixer bowl. Concerned, I stop the mixer and scraped the bowl and let the mixer keep turning for another five to seven minutes. To my surprise, the batch wasn't ruined despite having cooled quite a bit since initially pouring. The BTMS-50 just worked its way back into what had blended beautifully.
It feels great on the skin, smooth and powdery.
Looking forward to making hair conditioner next based on everyone's reviews.
Has anyone used BTMS-50 in lotion recipes? It sounds like it can emulsification properties as well as being silky.
I've been using e-wax for lotions and it seems to make everything feel the same (slightly tacky, even with higher oil combinations).
I realize this is off topic...
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Rob! The Btms-50 Conditioning Emulsifier can be used to emulsify lotions while adding a silkier feel! See us use it in lotion in our Kissably Soft Lotion Recipe and Fresh Face Lavender & Aloe Lotion tutorials.
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