I used to use Infusium 23 Leave-In Conditioner when I was in high school. Those were the days I never read the ingredients of any product, and was also putting relaxers in my hair. The excessive amount of toxic chemicals I was introducing to my body daily during those days was absolutely horrifying.
Water, Amodimethicone, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Extract, Panthenol , Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium 11, Citric Acid, Betaine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Trideceth 12, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Serine, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, Threonine, Lysine, Alanine, Proline, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, PEG 8/SMDI Copolymer, Behenic Acid, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Arachidic Acid, PEG 8, Polysorbate 80, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA
The bold ingredients make this leave-in conditioner favored. The ingredients that I italicized are toxic chemicals. Whenever curious what is in your cosmetics, check the Cosmetic Database. The bolded ingredients are panthenol (vit B5), arginine, threonine, alanine, pr0line (all amino acids), behenic acid, oleic acid, palmiteic acid, linoleic acid, and arachidic acid (staturated and unsaturated fatty acids).
Since my goal is to steer clear of all chemicals, I instead research what makes a product popular, and end up discovering a better way to create my own natural product. What I decided to do was to use my DIY Leave-In Conditioner that I already love, and add one tablespoon of an edible liquid vitamin and mineral that can be purchased at any health food store. One of the best benefits of using a liquid vitamin and mineral is that I am able to add it to my leave-in conditioner as well as use it as my daily supplement. (Most recently I purchased panthenol and silk amino acids from Organic Creations. Panthenol and amino acids are the key ingredients to Infusium 23 that make it so affective. Silk amino acids contain 18 amino acids. They are both water soluble ingredients that give hair strength, shine, manageability, while repairing damage and preventing split ends. These ingredients have improved this recipe tremendously!) You can find a list of great liquid multivitamins here.
8oz. Spray Bottle
Silk Amino Acids
Fill up 50% of the bottle with aloe vera gel or juice leaving space to add the essential oils, jojoba, glycerin, panthenol, silk amino acids, liquid multivitamin and water. Next add 10 drops of rosemary and lemongrass essential oil and one teaspoon of jojoba oil. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, 1 teaspoon of panthenol, and 1 teaspoon of silk amino acids. Now add one tablespoon of liquid multivitamin supplement. Lastly fill the rest of the bottle with purified water and shake up.
When I decided to cut out chemicals from my cosmetics and create my own, I had no intention to sacrifice product value. Instead I chose to increase product value in the most natural way possible. This is one staple that I’ve created that I truly love.
(Note: The aloe vera gel from Mountain Rose Herbs is more of a liquid than a gel. Otherwise use aloe vera juice.)
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)