After doing quite a bit of research on Behentrimonium Methosulfate, or BTMS, I decided to try my hand at making my own leave in conditioner using it! After all, this ingredient is contained in many conditioners, like Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in conditioner, to name one.
I know it sounds like a bad ‘s’ word, you know, sulfates. Like what most naturals try to avoid using in their hair regimen. The good news is that BTMS is a vegetable based, mild conditioning agent that does not contain any hazardous solvents. BTMS is actually a quaternary ammonium salt derived from the natural plant oil rapeseed.
Properties Of Behentrimonium Methosulfate
BTMS is a very mild conditioning agent that provides slip and helps with detangling your hair. A big plus is that it is also an emulsifier, meaning it prevents the separation of water and oils in the recipe. Adding BTMS to your own mixes, like the leave in, or any homemade natural product for that matter, enhances the smoothing properties of the product.
How I Use BTMS
I actually add BTMS to more than just my leave in conditioner. I have added it to my shea butter mix from time to time. Since it’s so mild it can be used in lotions as well, but I have yet to try that.
As always, do your own research to make sure you fully understand what it is and what it isn’t. I love making and using my very own leave in conditioner with Behentrimonium Methosulfate. If you’re into being a Mixtress, go ahead and give this recipe a go. It’s all listed below along with a video tutorial!
Recipe To Make Your Own Leave In Conditioner Using BTMS:
This recipe makes 16 oz.:
12.8 oz. – 80% distilled or filtered water (you can also switch out a portion for aloe vera juice).
2.24 oz. – 14% butters/oils
.80 oz. – 5% BTMS Behentrimonium Methosulfate
.16 oz. – 1% preservative
*Note: To calculate your own recipe:
- Determine total ounces of product desired (16 oz.)
- Decide what percentages you want to use for each ingredient (must total 100% – 80+14+5+1= 100)
- Calculate ounces for each ingredient: multiply percentage by the total ounces desired
- Example: For 16 oz. of conditioner, using the percentages above:
- water ~ 80 x .16 = 12.8oz
- butters/oils ~ 14 x .16 = 2.24oz
- BTMS ~ 5 x .16 = .80oz
- preservative ~ 1 x .16 = .16oz
It’s important to get the proper volume for your recipe by weighing your ingredients. This will ensure its effectiveness. You can find a kitchen scale online or in the appliances section of a department store. Here is one available on Amazon (affiliate link):
Video Tutorial ~ DIY Leave-In Conditioner Using Behentrimonium Methosulfate:
Have you ever made your own conditioner? If not, what’s stopping you?