Sizzling Summer Hair: Leave-In Argan Oil Conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner go hand-in-hand, and we’re following up yesterday’s Argan Oil Shampoo with today’s Leave-In Argan Oil Conditioner. You can either use this conditioner like a leave-in de-tangling spray, or as a traditional wash-off product. It contains hair nourishing Carrot Extract, as well as DL-Panthenol, which is more commonly known as pro vitamin B5.

Check out the other tutorials in this series: Argan Oil Shampoo and Pink Sea Salt Beach Spray

What You’ll Need:

5.8 oz. distilled water

0.6 oz. BTMS-50

0.4 oz. Argan Oil

0.4 oz. Cyclomethicone

0.3 oz. Polysorbate 80

0.2 oz. DL-Panthenol

0.2 oz. Optiphen ND

0.2 oz. Coconut Lemongrass Fragrance Oil

0.1 oz. Carrot Extract

Two 4 oz. Brushed Aluminum Bottle with Spray Top

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EQUIPMENT PREP: Disinfect your utensils by dipping them in a 5% bleach water solution and allowing to dry. This includes mixing containers, your stick blender, and any spoons or spatulas that may come in contact with your lotion. Your products must be absolutely 100% free of germs, bacteria, microbes or anything so be safe and bleach water all your utensils.

ONE: Measure the distilled water into a disinfected heatsafe container. Heat the water in the microwave on 1 minute bursts until it reaches 150 degrees F.

TWO: In a second disinfected container, combine and heat the BTMS-50, Argan Oil, Cyclomethicone and Polysorbate 80. Heat until the mixture reaches 150 degrees F.

THREE: Add the heated water to the melted oils. Emulsify the mixture with a stick blender for 30 – 60 seconds.

FOUR: When the mixture cools to 140 degrees F or below, add the DL-Panthenol, Optiphen ND, fragrance oil and Carrot extract. Stick blend for 10 – 15 seconds or mix in with a wire whisk.

FIVE: Pour into bottles and leave uncovered overnight.

Your conditioner is ready to use!

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  1. Charity says

    I just made this and it came out too thick to spray out of the BB aluminum bottles. I used it as a rinse off since it was too thick to spray. Is it too late to add more water and preservative to make it a thinner consistency? If I add water, do I need to heat it first and then add the preservative when it’s cool enough? I used the cucumber oak FO from BB, but everything else was spot on to the recipe and temps. I absolutely love the way my hair feels and smells with this product! I just want to be able to spray it as intended.

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Charity!

      So glad you like the conditioner! I’m wondering if there was extra air in the conditioner. Sometimes, if there is extra air, it can thicken in the bottles. To prevent this, tap your bottles on the counter a couple of times to get rid of that extra air.

      You can thin your existing conditioner! I would recommend heating it in the microwave for just about 30-45 seconds. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot, otherwise it can make the preservative ineffective. Then, add a couple more ounces of water and stick blend well. If you add more water, make sure to add more preservative. You want the Optiphen ND to make up 1% of your recipe. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Talk It Out Tuesday: Preservatives:

      Cucumber Oak Fragrance Oil:

      • Charity says

        Thanks Kelsey! It could have been the extra air. It was such a small amount that my stick blender had a hard time staying below the surface. I’ll try the heating, water addition and the extra Optiphen ND! Honestly, even if it stays thick it is absolutely fantastic. I’ve been touching my new soft and silky hair all day and it has way less static than normal this time of year! Total Win!!!

          • Charity says

            As it turns out, the conditioner did thin out after it was in the bottles for a couple of days and now it is spraying perfectly. Just in case any others out there get a little overzealous with the stick blender like I did and it gets too thick to spray. Just wait it out and all will be well.

  2. Shannon says

    Could I replace the cyclomethicone with something? I don’t like using silicones on my hair (makes it shed more than normal) but if I just leave it out the percentages in the recipe will be off. Could I replace it with a bit of extra water perhaps? Or is there something else?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Shannon!

      We love the cyclomethicone in this recipe because it helps detangle your hair. You can leave it out, but I would recommend making a small test batch to see if you like how it feels on your hair.

      We also have a great conditioner recipe that is cyclomethicone free you may like. I’ll include the video below. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      How to Make Shampoo and Conditioner on Soap Queen TV:

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Vicki!

      We didn’t try this recipe with BTMS, so I’m not exactly sure! We love the BTMS 50 because it is very conditioning. I would recommend making a small test batch with the BTMS to see how it feels on your hair. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  3. says

    Great Recipe, although I think I stick blended a little too long and it’s more the consistency of regular conditioner, I just added more water to get it spray-able. Might use as a regular rinse out conditioner, too.

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Teresa!

      Despite the thickness, it’s totally still usable!

      If you added more water, you’ll want to add a little more Optiphen ND as well to keep it from molding. The preservative should make up 1% of your recipe. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  4. Abygale says

    Dear Brambleberry, :)

    My question is in regards to your “Argan Oil” Leave-in Conditioner. Is it possible to make the conditioner w/o using the Polysorbate 80, but keeping all the other ingredients as is? I’m not fond of P-80 & if you recommend keeping it in for some reason, would there be a suitable substitute?
    Thanx for all the good help! :)


    • says

      Hi there!

      The Polysorbate 80 helps combine the fragrance oil into this mixture, along with helping the water and oil mix. We tested various recipes to find a formula that would not separate and allows you to use it as a spray on product. Because of that, you may find that the formula does not work as well without the Polysorbate 80. If you are able to find a stable formula without it, we would love to know! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Linda!

      The recommended usage rate of Grapefruit Seed Extract is .5-1%. There is some belief that GSE also works as a preservative. At Bramble Berry, we do not endorse the use of GSE as the sole preservative. We believe that a full-spectrum preservative such as Optiphen, Phenonip or Germaben II must be used to truly prevent mold and bacterial growth in your lotion products. If you have any more questions, let me know :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Lena!

      Our liquid silk is simply silk amino acids dissolved in water, so I would recommend adding it into your water in the very beginning :)

      I hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Kayla H. says

    This sounds wonderful, my hair loves argan oil and I’d love to try this! I’ve never made anything before so glad it’s beginner level. :) My only question is can I use any 4 oz bottle or is there a reason for the aluminum?

  6. Michele says

    I have been looking for a conditioner and shampoo for so long. I just ordered the ingredients and can’t wait to try it out.

    If I want to use the conditioner as a wash off product, do I need to change anything to the recipe?


    • says

      Hi Sarah,
      Although there is such a small amount of Polysorbate 80 it may not make a big difference, I am not sure I would recommended the substitution. I will tell you that we tested dozens of recipes to find a formula that wouldn’t separate and was still thin enough to spray on. So you may find that it doesn’t work quite as well without the polysorbate 80. But if you do find a stable formula – we’d love to hear about it!~Amber

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