Wool Conditioner 5


Yesterday we made our wool wash bar made specifically for washing wool articles. Because wool requires a little extra TLC after washing to keep the fibers soft and smooth, I wanted to make a conditioner. While you could possibly use this conditioner in human hair, individuals with fine hair may find this a little too heavy for daily use. It still is a spectacular product for making the hair silky and shiny.

Measuring Citric Acid

Measuring Citric Acid

Wool is very similar to our own hair. Soap or shampoos clean the hair by raising the pH and attracting the dirt to water. This raises the platelets in our hair which is why your hair can feel rough after just washing with shampoo. These raised platelets are also what cause those horrible tangles. A conditioner lowers the pH causing the platelets to relax and form a smooth shaft of hair. This is why after using a conditioner we have soft, silky hair.

 

Ingredients
Citric Acid
Rice Bran Oil
Lanolin
Meadowfoam Oil
Hydrovance
Conditioning Emulsifier
Liquid Germall Plus
Water
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
4 grams Citric Acid
16 grams Rice Bran Oil
8 grams Lanolin
16 grams Meadowfoam Oil
32 grams Hydrovance
50 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
4 grams Liquid Germall Plus
680 grams Water
Recipe in Ounces
0.14 oz Citric Acid
0.56 oz Rice Bran Oil
0.28 oz Lanolin
0.56 oz Meadowfoam Oil
1.13 oz Hydrovance
1.76 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
0.14 oz Liquid Germall Plus
23.99 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
0.5% Citric Acid
2% Rice Bran Oil
1% Lanolin
2% Meadowfoam Oil
4% Hydrovance
6.25% Conditioning Emulsifier
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
83.75% Water

 

Adding Hydrovance

Adding Hydrovance

Weigh everything save for the Liquid Germall Plus into a microwave safe container. I like to weigh out my citric acid and other water soluble ingredients first. This makes it easier to ensure the citric acid has dissolved completely. Once everything has completely melted, use your immersion blender to mix everything completely.

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Allow the conditioner to cool below 120° F. When the mixture is below 120° F, add your preservative and mix well. From here you can package your wool conditioner. I really like to use large bottles with pumps or disk tops because they are so easy to use when I am up to my elbows in wet wool.

Taylor

Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier

Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to Heat

Ready to Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heated and Ready to Mix

Heated and Ready to Mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing Wool Conditoner

Mixing Wool Conditioner

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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5 thoughts on “Wool Conditioner

  • Grey Dove

    Good day,
    I am finding this mini-series of posts Extremely interesting since I work with a local farmer, making/selling goat’s milk soap with her herd’s milk, and knitting for her using the mohair fleece she has processed into yarn and rovings. I am looking forward (at the earliest opportunity) to trying your wool wash soap, and I do want to try this product too. I had a couple of questions, … could you please explain Why you selected the oils you did for this conditioner? (Not the lanolin, but the other two.) Are there any good substitutes for them? And what classification would something like this conditioner fall under? Surely if you marketed it exclusively for wool it wouldn’t be a cosmetic?

    Thank you very much for the posts and your assistance!
    Yours sincerely,
    Grey Dove

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    • Tina

      Sometimes we choose oils that are on hand or are a focus of our attention. Rice Bran and Meadowfoam are gentle to the skin and I would use them on my own hair. I am sure this is why Taylor has chosen these for her conditioner. If you have other oils on hand, please substitute!

      Tina

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    • Taylor Post author

      Cee,

      You would use this after you wash an item. It is very similar to putting conditioner in your own hair. I have a fabulous post going out tomorrow that will show how to wash your wool items and use both items we just made.

      I am super excited about it!

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