Mackine 301 is fatty amido-functional tertiary amine available in an easy to handle flake form. It can be neutralized with a variety of acids, e.g., citric, lactic, to form a cationic amine salt. It is produced from a high purity, vegetable derived grade of stearic acid with a minimum of 90% C-18 content. Mackine 301 provides the major conditioning action for a creme rinse, finishing rinse or conditioner. The major advantage the amine salts offer over quaternary ammonium compounds is that they can be rinsed more easily from the hair, thus reducing the possibility of surfactant buildup. When blended with the proper co-emulsifier, e.g. cetyl alcohol, PEG 400 distearate, both pearly or opaque type conditioners can be developed.