I am back, finally, with a brand new recipe of a No-Dandruff Shampoo! 🙂
I wanted to try a new – to me, that is – ingredient: the SCLEROTIUM GUM! 🙂
I lowered the SLES to 23% because I needed a milder shampoo, but if you suffer of dandruff I think you should rise the SLES to 30% as we normally use it 🙂
That said, here a little explanation about the ingredients of this shampoo.
The ingredients which make this shampoo a “no-dandruff” one are two: Piroctone Olamine and Salicylic Acid.
1) Piroctone Olamine – it is a local antiseptic which works against a wide spectrum of bacteria and fungus. It is commonly used in shampoos against dandruff and in Europe it is allowed in “rinse off” cosmetics at the maximum concentration of 1%.
It doesn’t melt easily in water nor in oil but it melts well in alcohol or in water + surfactants solutions.
In this shampoo it is used at 0.5% because it is not the only active ingredient, in fact, it is used together with:
2) Salicylic Acid – NOW STOP YOURSELF!!! Salicylic Acid is NOT fresh water, since it is, in fact, an acid. Be aware that to make this recipe you will definitely need goggles and gloves to protect yourself. Plus, cover your skin (for example, by wearing a long sleeve shirt). It IS dangerous if a drop of it goes into your eyes, so: better to look funny with lab goggles, than to be sorry and blind later! 😉
If this was not clear enough, go back to read from “NOW STOP YOURSELF” until it is very very clear and it convinced you to use goggles and gloves.
Well, as I was saying 😀 Salicylic Acid and Piroctone Olamine work well together 🙂 they help to keep the scalp clean, calm and not itchy 🙂
There is also a third ingredient which is added not much for its effectiveness but more for an accessory effect: the cool effect!
I am talking about Menthol 🙂
Needless to say: if you don’t have Menthol, you can still make a very effective No-dandruff shampoo 🙂
Finally to the RECIPE! 😀
Water to 100 – you find what it means HERE
Sclerotium Gum 0.5 (this is my new friend! 🙂 I had never tried this ingredient before. I had to warm the water before, pour it on top of the water and mix it with the immersion mixer separately)
SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) 23
Sodium Cocamphodiacetate 5
Coco Glucoside & Gliceryl Oleate 1
Polyquaternium 7 – 1
Preservative (concentration needed for the specific preservative you are using)
Piroctone Olamine 0.5
Salicylic Acid 0.5
Vodka 3 (or Edible 100% alcohol 1 – I didn’t have Alcohol at the time so I had to use what I had at hand: Vodka! However, since the alcohol in vodka is only around 40% it is clearly less efficient as a solvent and I have made this recipe again a couple of times always using alcohol and of course it was much easier, so I suggest you use alcohol!)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine 8
Now HOW TO proceed:
1) Wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself 🙂 (needless to say: if you have small children or animals around the house… be sure to be alone and not interrupted).
2) I’m not kidding: WEAR GOGGLES AND GLOVES!
3) Measure the Phase C in a third little becher (I use a glass 🙂 ). The alcohol will melt the other three ingredients. Set aside (It takes a while to melt, at least 15 minutes, and you need to stir every now and then, that’s why we do this first).
Here is the very beginning: the dry ingredients and a little amount of vodka to start mixing 🙂
Here I had added Menthol as well (you can see it on the tip of the spoon)
4) Measure the water and the Glycerin (Phase A). Warm up and pour the Sclerotium Gum on top of the water. Mix with a stick blender until smooth. Set aside.
As you can see it was not very transparent as soon as you mix it, but it will be later, in a few days time! 🙂
Sclerotium gum made a very beautiful transparent gel, later on 🙂
I have to say, though, that it tends to not let go bubbles in case you incorporate air when you create the gel: so pay attention to that 🙂 if you want a clear and bubble-less gel/detergent… avoid incorporating air 🙂
5) Measure the Phase B in a second becher, warm up just a little and mix with a spatula.
5) Wear again goggles and gloves now that you are going to touch Phase C: Add the Phase C and mix
6) At the very last moment add the Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
7) Check the pH: it shouldn’t be lower than 5.5 🙂
I have liked this shampoo a lot! 🙂
So far I have used it for approximately 2 months and it feels great (too bad it is almost finished >< ), the menthol feels just a little cooling, and it is great! 🙂 Maybe not a shampoo for freezing winter mornings, but a must for hot days! 😀
Any questions? 🙂