Carrot Hair Conditioner Projecthttps://www.brambleberry.com/in-the-studio/projects/body-care/carrot-hair-conditioner-project/PS000093.html
Carrot seed essential oil does has a unique earthy smell. It’s not everybody’s favorite, but when mixed with Lavender Fine Essential Oil, the conditioner has an earthy, floral smell. Feel free to use any essential or fragrance oil you like in this recipe.
This conditioner has a thinner, more lightweight texture. If you prefer a thicker conditioner, decrease the water and increase the amount of cetearyl alcohol. In general, this recipe may be better for finer hair that is easily weighed down.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Time to Complete: 30 minutes
- Kit Yields: Four 8 oz. Jars
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21 oz. Distilled Water
0.5 oz. Cetearyl Alcohol
Carrot Hair Conditioner Project
Carrot extract is known for its silky texture and carrot essential oil is known for its carotene and vitamin A content. Both ingredients leave hair feeling soft and moisturized.
Four 8 oz. Bail Jars
21 oz. Distilled Water (81%)
0.5 oz. DL-Panthenol (2%)
1.8 oz. BTMS-50 Conditioning Emulsifier (7%)
1.3 oz. Squalane Oil (5%)
0.5 oz. Cetearyl Alcohol (2%)
0.3 oz. Carrot Extract (1%)
0.2 oz. Lavender Fine Essential Oil (1%)
0.1 oz. Carrot Seed Essential Oil (<1%)
0.3 oz. Optiphen (1%)
EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be as free of germs, bacteria, and microbes as possible. To be safe, bleach water all your utensils.
In a heat-safe container, combine 1.3 ounces of squalane oil, 0.3 ounces of carrot extract, 0.5 ounces of cetearyl alcohol, and 1.8 ounces of BTMS-50. Heat the mixture in the microwave on 30-60 second bursts until the waxes are fully melted and the mixture is about 180° F.
In a separate large container, heat 21 ounces of distilled water in the microwave until it reaches about 160-170° F. Once the water reaches the correct temperature, some of it may evaporate. Remeasure and add more distilled water if necessary. Add 0.5 ounces of DL-Panthenol to the hot water and stir until dissolved.
Check the temperature of both containers. Each one should be about 160° F (the oils may be hotter). When they’re ready, tap your stick blender on the bottom of the bowl to release bubbles. Pour the oils and wax into the water and begin pulsing the stick blender. Blend the mixture for 2-3 minutes, making sure the oil and water phases are fully emulsified. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Continue stick blending until the temperature drops to about 140° F. Add 0.1 ounce of carrot essential oil, 0.2 ounces of Lavender Fine Essential Oil, 0.3 ounces of carrot extract, and 0.3 ounces of Optiphen. Stick blend for another 2-3 minutes to fully combine.
Pour the mixture into jars. Let the jars sit overnight without the lids on (otherwise condensation can form inside the jars). Once the mixture is completely cool, shut the jars and enjoy. To use, apply the conditioner to wet hair after shampooing. Wait 2-3 minutes and rinse off.
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman