December 5, 2022


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Panthenol (ProVitamin B5)

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INCI: Panthenol

Panthenol!  Panthenol is a great additive to use in your haircare DIY mixes.  It has strengthening properties and is said to help improve the quality of your hair.  

But many people stop there when they think about B5.  its not only for the hair!  Its also a very powerful additive used to improve the skin since its readily absorbed into the body.  Its a vitamin! Hello.

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Your introduction to Panthenol (Provitamin B5) may have been through using the store-bought conditioner Pantene.  You’ll also see it in a number of natural haircare products, especially in conditioners.

According to, it improves the shine of the hair on top of making it feel stronger.  It is also said to make the hair strands appear thicker, adding to the volume.

For the skin, its also a powerful redness reducer so its great to include it in any type of facial treatment.

The ingredient itself has a 3 year shelf-life and can be used at a very low percentage

NOTE: DL-Panthenol Usage rate: 1-2% (max)
2% is optimal for use in haircare products
It comes in powder form, so add it to your WATER phase
The powder is highly hygroscopic (attracts water from the air), so it will clump together. Don’t worry! It still works the same.

For the more technical aspects of the ingredient: DL-Panthenol is a mix of D-Panthenol and L-Panthenol.  According to, studies done on D-Panthenol shows that it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and helps to improve dryness and increase hydration.  Both D-Panthenol and L-Panthenol work to reduce water loss and improve elasticity of the skin.

A few products containing Panthenol

+ Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip

+ Soultanicals Knot Sauce

+ Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Hair Conditioner

+ Curly Q’s Curly Q Custard

+ Kiehls Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream,default,pd.html

So give DL-Panthenol a try in one of your favorite hair conditioner or face cream mixes and use it over time to see if it helps improve the quality and/or strength of your hair.


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