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I’m sure you’ve heard of the no-poo method of shampooing – wash with baking soda and water, rinse with apple cider vinegar. I’ve heard that for some people it takes an adjustment period where their hair is greasy, but I tried it for a month and it worked perfectly, right from the start.
But, oh, I admit it. I really missed suds.
My shampoo bars are nice and sudsy and contain rosemary oil which is purported to have a number of benefits and smells so fantastic. Rosemary:
- stimulates circulation to the scalp
- is anti-bacterial
- makes hair shiny
- helps to stop hair loss
- stimulates hair growth
- treats dandruff
- soothes itchy scalp
- darkens hair
- and is good for all hair types
The shampoo bars contain:
- 15 ounces distilled water
- 5.6 ounces lye (why lye is safe)
- 12 ounces coconut oil
- 6 ounces palm oil
- 10 ounces castor oil
- 8 ounces olive oil
- 4 ounces jojoba oil (improves hair’s texture and appearance)
- 0.5 ounces rosemary oil (do not add until the soap traces and is ready to be poured into your mold)
Edit: A word about palm oil. There ARE sustainable sources of palm oil available. From Mountain Rose Herbs website: “Mountain Rose Herbs will only support palm oil programs, which adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. As is our standard, the harvester and manufacturer of the palm oil we offer adheres to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs including EcoSocial, and with the assistance of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil”.
For specifics on how to make soap, see my post Basic Soap Making. The shampoo bar is made using the exact same method.
Two added benefits of this soap – I find that I do not need conditioner when I use this shampoo bar because of the jojoba oil, and it makes a great body bar as well. So, I hop in the shower and use the same bar to shampoo, condition, and wash.
Natural Soap Making by Jan Berry.
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