Shampoo Bars are super popular these days. Why? Mostly because if you use the bars, you avoid plastic bottles. Zero waste. Which is awesome and very necessary.
I’m not an expert in making soaps of any kind and wanted some easy recipe without using lye that will still be efficient. And as you know me, I wanted something that will not only do the job, but benefit my hair and scalp.
So I decided to use Melt&Pour Soap Base. It’s easy to use and quite inexpensive (the one I bought is 1850¥ for 1 kg and that makes a lots of soap bars). In addition to that, you need Cocoa Butter (optional), Castor oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Cedarwood Essential oil. There are some optional ingredients if you want some texture, like dried herbs, baking soda if you have oily hair, cocoa or ground coffee beans for brunettes, different clays for scalp health or salts. As I was making the soap for many friends, I only added Essential oils, because I didn’t want to limit anybody. But my next batch will have cocoa and baking soda in it as I love it for my hair. I also have some special Russian clay my friend gave me, so that might be cool to try. I’m so excited to try new types!
You can decide if you want regular soap bars or smaller shapes. I love the smaller ones, because they are super portable (you can take it with you for a weekend away, camping etc) but also don’t have to worry it will melt in your shower. But I also made cute 8 cm teddy bear bars for kids. My favorite mold is silicone mold for chocolate or ice cubes. Each mini bar then lasts for about 4 washes. Perfect.
The ingredients I used :
0.4 kg of Organic Pour&Melt Soap Base
2 tsp of Castor oil
1 tsp of Cocoa Butter
10 drops of each essential oil
Prepare your desired containers. Spray it with alcohol and wipe.
In a double boiler, melt the soap base, add the Mango butter and Castor oil and combine well. If you’re adding baking soda, cocoa or other ingredients, add it too and make sure it combines really well. Take it off the heat and mix in the Essential oils. Do not boil it with the oils in as the oils would loose it’s therapeutic value. And we definitely want that.
Once your oils are in, just simply pour in your containers and let cool and harden. I mostly leave it at least over night, to make sure they are solid. Then transfer into airtight glass container and keep in your bathroom or wherever you want.
When using these shampoo bars, make sure you get your hair really wet. Then hold in bar in your hand and rub it on your scalp and into your hair. That will release the soap and it will start foam a bit. If need be, you can spray some more water onto your hair to help the shampoo clean your hair. Massage your scalp well. Then wash off.
Now remember this is natural soap so it doesn’t foam like regular shampoo. Regular Shampoos, Body soaps, even toothpastes contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) that make your products to foam. However, it is quite harmful and toxic ingredient so I avoid it in my products. Hence less foam, more goodness. No harm to our system.
What are the reasons behind using Essential oils in your shampoo? Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood are my Holy Trinity when it comes to all things hair. These three oils help speed up hair growth, aid in healthy scalp and beautiful thick hair. These oils are very supportive when fighting hair loss so I include them in all my hair care. Sometimes I also like to add Clary Sage and then Peppermint in the summer for cooling, refreshing feeling.
If you know me, you know I only use Young Living Essential oils. Why? Because I simply believe our company is the best. As the only company, Young Living offers Seed to Seal Guarantee and I trust their oils 100% to be therapeutic and unadulterated
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