Fitz asks…I love the Nexxus products. I really love the conditioner Humectress….. but to me it’s a bit costly. Does anyone know a site where I can order my own chemicals to make my own conditioners & shampoos. I want to save money and maybe make some!
The Left Brain responds:
As our Forum members were quick to point out, making your own Humectress may not be such a great money saving idea.
Problems with Home Made Humectress
1. Ingredient expense
It’s difficult (maybe impossible?) to get the ingredients you need at a low cost without buying large quantities. Cosmetic companies enjoy low costs that the average person could never achieve because they buy TONS of chemicals. Plus, some ingredients are not even available for sale to the general public in any quantity or cost.
2. Puzzling percentages
While you can tell the ingredients from the back of the bottle, you don’t know the right percentages at which to add blend them. You might be able to figure it out through a long trial and error process but unless you’re an experienced cosmetic formulator you’re likely to end up wasting a lot of time (and chemicals) trying to get the formula right.
3. Mixing madness
To properly make a batch of conditioner you’ll need the right equipment. At the very least you’d need to buy an impeller mixer, a hotplate, and some glass or stainless steel mixing vessels. This will probably set you back a few hundred dollars. You’ll also need a way to check the pH of the final product – but you could get by with some relatively inexpensive litmus paper.
4. Dollars and scents
No matter how much you spend, you won’t be able to duplicate the Humectress fragrance. Cosmetic companies hire expert companies (called “Fragrance Houses”) to create just the right scent. So even if you get the functional formula right you’ll still be missing some of the Humectress experience.
What else can you do?
You can look for other products made by the same company as Nexxus. Often times big companies will use the same basic formula across different brands. Nexxus is made by Alberto Culver so you could look at their other brands like Tresemme and VO5. (Just a warning: In this case, this approach may not work because I’ve looked at all the Alberto Culver products and I haven’t seen any ingredient lists that look like Humectress.)
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