We’ve had a LOT of customers ask for BTMS over the last year, and it’s finally here! BTMS-25 is the short name for the INCI that is listed below at the end of this description. It is a natural emulsion system that can be used alone, or it can be used in conjunction with other emulsion agents, like emulsifying wax.
The benefits of using this blend over other systems, is that BTMS is naturally derived from Colza oil (rapeseed oil, also known as canola). If you are looking for either a naturally derived emulsion system — or just looking for a blend that is suitable for leave-in hair conditioners, we recommend trying this ingredient!
When used in lotions, it will lend a “powdery” like texture and feel on the skin. It doesn’t leave that “pull” sensation that can happen when blending with emulsifying wax. When used in hair conditioners it helps with the “combability” as well as gives a nice body, that is noticeable.
The drawback of this product is that it smells sort of fish-like. There are NO animal products in this item (it comes from canola oil), but it does have a scent! I do feel that the scent dissipates within a few days of making your finished product, and I also find it easy to mask with essential or fragrance oils. When keeping the ratio low, that will also help with the scent factor. Please be aware there will be no refunds given for the scent on this product. It’s our opinion that naturally derived ingredients are designed to hold a scent or else they are being overly processed, thus moving farther away from the natural realm it once came from.
Usage ratio is 1-10%. This item looks similar to emulsifying wax in that it’s a creamy pastille-looking product.
INCI: Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol
Common name: BTMS-25
A customer recently pointed out that one of the components inside the INCI name, has the dreaded word “sulfate” in it – so they assumed it was a sulfate-based ingredient and wouldn’t buy our hair conditioner which includes this ingredient in it. But alas, have no fear! This ingredient is not one of the dreaded sulfates. Take my word for it, or do a google search to back up this statement.
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