Sizzling Summer Hair: Leave-In Argan Oil Conditioner

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:Two 8 oz. bottles

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!

23 Responses to “Sizzling Summer Hair: Leave-In Argan Oil Conditioner”

  1. Toni says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Just placed an order for some items for the shampoo and I have the rest already! Love when you can use products for more than one thing.

  2. Sarah Pruiett says:

    Hi, I’ve been looking for a leave-in conditioner and can’t wait to try this. Can BTMS-50 be substituted for the Polysorbate 80.


    • 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

  3. lena says:

    why don’t you use silk liquid to make the smooth

  4. 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?


    • Anne-Marie says:

      It might be a bit thin for you if you do leave in so if that’s the case, play with the amount of water (decrease it by 20% for example). It’s designed not to be too heavy so it doesn’t affect your normal hair styling =)

  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?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kayla!

      So glad you’re going to give this a try! You can use any bottle that you’d like for this shampoo, we just like the way aluminum looked :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. lena says:

    Hi Amanda!

    Thanks for your reply

    If I use liquid silk, should I sub it for which ingredient or just add more, and when do I add it, in water phrase or heat phrase

    • Amanda 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

  7. LINDA KING says:

    I’d like to use a natural preservative grapefruit seed oil, Do you have any advice on substituting with this?

    • Amanda 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

  8. 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! :)


    • Amanda 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

  9. Teresa 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

  10. heidi says:

    Can you please explain difference between optiphen and optiphen nd? I see phenonip, and germoben and Im a little confused. I do know phenonip has parabens, other than that ? Thanks

  11. Raymond chua says:

    I tried the receipes forleavein moisturiser,its great.
    Now I would like to know whether Behentrimonium chloride is the same as BTMS50.Please advise

    Thank you


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