• Infusium 23 The Natural Way (Remixed)

    Posted on September 20, 2010 by in DIY, Hair

    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.

    Here are the ingredients in Infusium 23 Original Formula:

    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.

    What you will need:

    8oz. Spray Bottle

    Aloe Vera Gel*

    Rosemary Essential Oil

    Lemongrass Essential Oil

    Jojoba Oil

    Vegetable Glycerin


    Silk Amino Acids

    Liquid Multi-Vitamin

    Purified Water

    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.)

    To read more articles about hair care go here.  To see my latest beauty regimen included hair care go here.

    (Image by D Sharon Pruitt)

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15 Responses so far.

  1. Julia says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I live in the south and it’s pretty humid right now so I’ll probably leave out the glycerin until the weather gets a little dryer. I’m excited to try this recipe. I’ve been looking for natural haircare for a few months now. My hair absolutely needs protein though. Do you know of any natural recipes for a conditioner with protein in it?

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Julia,

    One way to know if your hair needs protein is if it is weak or mushy and snaps easily. When using any protein for the hair you also need to find the best moisture balance as too many traditional protein treatments without moisture will make your hair stiff. You can read about some protein treatments I’ve used in this article http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/diy-protein-hair-pack. I especially love the recipe with an avocado.

    I’ve been doing bi-monthly henna treatments for my hair and have noticed that I no longer need as much protein as I did before. Henna coats the hair shaft and binds with the keratin in the hair making it stronger. If you are not interested in the color henna gives, as it is permanent, try cassia obovata. Cassia is a natural conditioner that will bring life back to dull hair, making it thicker, stronger, and shiny. It has a golden yellow dye molecule so will only show up on blond and grey hair. Read more about henna in this article http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/henna-beautiful-hair. You can find cassia obovata here: http://www.ayurnaturalbeauty.com/products/Cassia-Powder.html. Hope that this is helpful and would love to hear how it all works out for you.

    Best Wishes,
    Dawn Michelle

  3. Julia says:

    Thank you! I’ll check out the protein pack & the cassia.
    I’ve only done henna a few times a long time ago. It always seems to turn my hair red or purple when my skin tone calls for more of a darker ash brown. So I’m using synthetic dye to get the grey out and my hair has paid the price. =(
    However, I just recently stopped blow drying and flat ironing and already I can tell a difference. I’m getting used to my curly hair and am still trying to find the best ingredients for cleansing and moisturizing that won’t cause frizz. Thanks for the info!

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Julia,
    Check this chart out from Mehandi on creating different hair colors with cassia, henna, and indigo. It’s pretty thorough and it’s worth checking out if you are looking for another way to give your hair color and strength.
    I find that curly hair tends to love vegetable glycerin. I usually only use about 10% in whatever product I’m formulating.

  5. Shell says:

    Love your recipe. Thank you for your tips. I have been puzzled for a long time about Disodium EDTA. I finally just emailed the executives of two major natural hair companies which use this ingredient. I was informed that this ingredient is used to fight against hard water and help the conditionner/leave in or shampoo perform. What do you think?

  6. Zena says:

    Does this mixture need to be refrigerated? What is the shelf life?
    Thank you

  7. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Zena,
    Yes this conditioner will need to be refrigerated. Any formula that is water based will have a shorter shelf life and needs a preservative. I use essential oils for scent and their preservative properties, yet that will not work for long term. It is better to make small batches, refrigerate DIY products, or add grapefruit seed extract or even better rosemary extract as a preservative which both can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs. Hope that helps.
    Enjoy your day,
    Dawn Michelle

  8. Zena says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks a bunch! I love using Infusium 23.. my hair appreciates it but I would rather have something natural that works just as well, if not, better.

    Have a great weekend.


  9. Dawn Michelle says:

    Let me know how it works out for you Zena. Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. JazzFest says:

    What a great recipe! Thanks for posting this, I will have to try making it (when I can get my hands on all the ingredients lol).I’m definitely in favour of simpler, natural products.

    I do think that this is a blanket statement that isn’t entirely true for this context:

    “The ingredients that I italicized are toxic chemicals”

    Sorbitol, Citric Acid, Stearic Acid, and Sodium PCA are not toxic chemicals. As an example Sodium PCA is in human skin and is a humectant. Heck you can BUY citric acid at health food stores.

  11. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi JazzFest,
    Thanks so much for your comment and I’m glad you like the recipe! I just noticed that I had stearic acid and sodium pca italicized and I’m glad you caught it because they are not toxic. Maybe the font isn’t as clear but sorbitol and citric acid were never italicized. I will definitely update the other two though. Have an amazing weekend!
    Dawn Michelle

  12. Elyse says:

    I don’t have a fridge at college at the moment. I was wondering how much rosemary extract, grapefruit seed extract, or vitamin E (if that could work) to add to this in order to not have to refrigerate it and how long it would last this way. Thanks!

  13. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Elyse,
    Whenever you create a cosmetic that is water based, the shelf life is extremely short compared to creating a herbal infused oil or body butter. Also natural preservatives such as rosemary extract, grapefruit seed extract, and vitamin E are not full spectrum preservatives for water based products. My best advice is to create daily portions of products that are water based or only enough for two days at the most. Even with this product refrigerated it is not going to have a long shelf life compared to store bought products. Thanks for your comment and I do hope that helps some.
    Dawn Michelle

  14. rachael says:

    where do you buy silk amino acids?

  15. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael, You can find silk amino acids at Organic Creations. <3