Lemony shampoo bar for blondes
Then, I wanted to make something more complicated and started to experiment. Shampoo soap (or bar as most people call them) is one of them. Shampoo bars are so easy to travel with and take to the gym. No spilling! I really love them and do not use any commercial shampoo anymore. A bit of a shame since I had just asked my daughter to buy a rather expensive well known shampoo and conditioner in France!
It takes a bit getting used to using a shampoo bar. For one it doesn't lather much, but that has nothing to do with it's cleansing ability. I have a tendency to wash twice and it lathers much more the second time. Also, don't use a conditoner! The shampoo bar contains all you need. It leaves the hair wonderfully soft and shiny. In my experience adding conditioner makes it havy and almost greasy so I skip it, but then, I don't have dry hair.
I really have a hard time making the same recipe again because I keep getting ideas for new things. Even if I start out with a definite idea to make something, I may end up with something completely different! But I have made it a rule to religiously write my recipes down so that I have the option to make something again, if I really like it. This is one of the ones that I really like. It is the second recipe I made for a shampoo bar. Basically shampoo bars have castor oil. I had made a very basic one and this time I wanted to use Chamomile tea and do something good for the blondes in the family (my husband).
The recipe I came up with is this:
45% 315 g. / 11 oz Olive oil
30% 210 g. / 7.4 oz Coconut oil
25% 175 g. / 6.2 oz Castor oil
The liquid I used was 266 g. Chamomile tea, just brewed the normal way and cooled. I dissolved 98 g. lye in the tea and dissolved 1 tbs. honey in it before pouring it into the oils. This time I thought that a lemon scent would go well in a shampoo for blondes so scented it with lemongrass essential oil! I find that to last a bit longer than lemon EO.
I put the whole thing into my log mold, that I lined with freezer paper (bought in the US).
The result is a very nice shampoo bar. It is very soft at first and takes a long time to get to the stage that it can be cut. But when it finally does, it is very nice. My husband has used it quite a bit and I think it is his favorite now. It is not as conditioning as the egg/beer/honey combination, but I find that I like to alternate the use of my shampoo bars. I also make one that I think of as for brunettes (me) and that has rosemary extract and neem oil. I find it hard to pick a favorite, so use them all.