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Mix the xanthan gum and glycerine, making sure the gum is completely disbursed within the glycerine.
In a separate container, combine the surfactants. Be careful when stirring them to avoid them foaming up. (If the Lauryl glucoside is cloudy or solid you may need to melt it by warming it up)
Slowly pour the surfactants into the gum and glycerine mixture. Once again, stirring carefully to avoid bubbles. Then set aside.
Weigh the distilled water and dissolve the D-panthenol into it. This may take a minute or so depending on the viscosity of the panthenol.
Once the panthenol has fully dissolved, it’s time to blend in the silk peptide.
Add around a quarter of the water containing the silk and panthenol to the surfactants. This will initially make the surfactants thinner, gently stir until it starts to thicken up. Add the rest of the water a little at a time stirring in between, until all of the water is incorporated into the surfactants.
Now it’s time to add the essential oils, you will notice that the shampoo will turn cloudy when you add them. Over time as the shampoo sits in its container, it will become clearer, however, it’s never going to be the prettiest of shampoos as we are going for nourishment and naturalness overlooks. You will also notice a change in viscosity, the essential oils in this recipe will usually make the shampoo thicker. You can thin this out by adding a little extra distilled water.
We will need to protect our shampoo by adding a broad-spectrum preservative. Make sure you fully blend this into the shampoo.
You should always test the finished shampoo with a PH strip. You are looking for the PH to be around 6. If it’s too high you can bring this down with a few drops of Lactic acid or a citric acid solutionIf using Lactic acid simply add a couple of drops at a time checking as you go. If using Citric acid, you will need to dilute it in a solution of 10% Citric acid to 90% distilled water. Make sure to add small amounts at a time and then test again, repeating until you reach a reasonable PH.
When you are happy with the fished shampoo transfer to a suitable container and leave to stand for a couple of days before using it.