Ever since I received my samples of BotticelliBabe’s custom made FSG I’ve been in a bit of a quandary considering I had purchased about a lb each of the dark and golden flax seeds, some epsom salts, xanthan gum, grapefruit seed extract, and agave from my local health food store. Also, not one to waste a chance to whip up my own concoction, I decided to try my hand again at making FSG.
This time I used 1/4 c each of the dark and golden seeds, 4 cups (total) of distilled water, and 3 pinches of epsom salts. After I drained the resultant gel, I added about 3 drops of Oyin handmade after bath oil which contains olive, virgin coconut, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond, wheat germ, rice bran, and black seed oils; 1/4 tsp each of agave and clover honey; 1/4 tsp xanthan gum; and 48 drops of GSE. The result was a pretty viscous gel that contained blobs of the xanthan gum thickener. I tried adding the xanthan gum slowly rather than just dumping it all into my gel but it still results in little opaque white blobs. I’ll have to do more research to find the best time to add the thickener. All in all, I ended up with a little under 4 oz of gel. Considering I made all my additive measures based off of 8 oz, I whipped another batch with just my already used seeds and distilled water. I ended up with a lot more gel using just the seeds and water. I wonder if adding the epsom salts to the boiling water reduces the final amount of gel produced? I ended up splitting my first batch between two 8-0z. bottles and splitting up my second batch between both bottles.
Compared to BB’s, my FSG is a little bit more viscous. Her spreads easily in the palm whereas mine comes out as a blob that doesn’t like to be separated as much. It’s hard to think of something to compare it to other than snot than a snot-like substance that stretches and will return to its normal shape unless you really pull them apart; I guess the molecules are just really attracted to each other. It’s not difficult to distribute and in fact, held up well when scrunching and smoothing it into my hair.
After taking a break from shampoo bars, I’ve been noticing that my crown area has been looking a little pulled out with just the cowashes. To remedy that, yesterday I shampooed with my KM bay rum bar, did a white vinegar rinse (I ran out of my Braggs ACV and forgot to pick some up the last time I was at Henry’s…d’oh!), rinsed out NG rose & persimmon and applied approximately 2 oz. of my homemade FSG. The clumping was pretty impressive and there was a good amount of crunch. The best part was being told by one of my sisters wavy my hair looked and how soft it was. By the end of the evening, there was a little bit of frizz but the wave boosting held up and the clumps were still there. Yay!
Today, I cowashed with VO5 calming chamomile, rinsed out NG rose and applied the remainder of my BB FSG mag sulfate, honey, and vanilla sample, and topped it off with my homemade FSG. The amount of crunch rivaled that of a regular store bought hard holding gel. How does it look?
Not bad eh? I’m pretty impressed. For cold winter weather waves, I must say that it looks pretty good.