Rosemary shampoo bar for brunettes.
Rosemary has traditionally been used for dark hair and I remember using a shampoo in my youth that contained Rosemary. So I just had to make a shampoo bar with rosemary if only for the wonderful smell. Apparently the smell of rosemary helps memory and boy do I need that!
I have made this a few times and sometimes added a bit of neem oil to it, but this recipe is without that. The neem oil was intended for exema in the scalp, a condition that some people in my family suffer from. It has a very strong earthy, smokey scent that the rosemary masks pretty well. When I use neem oil I have used about a tablespoon of it in a recipe this size. Neem oil is also very good for insect control as in my insect spray (those mites are dead!) and for lice. Althought I don't think the concentration in the shampoo is enough to combat lice.
Olive oil 40% 280g / 9.9 oz
Coconut oil 30% 210g / 7.4 oz
Castor oil 20% 140g / 4.9 oz
Sunflower oil 10% 70g / 2.5 oz
Water 38% 266g / 9.4 oz
Lye 98g / 3.5 oz
To the sunflower oil I added Rosemary EO and added that at trace.
For colour I used the spirulina powder that I have.
I love to make teas with herbs that I grow and also infuse oils with herbs. I do that regularly with mint and I have also used Thyme and a dying Rosemary. I haven't had much luck with growing Rosemary so I don't have a good supply of it. So many herbs are Mediterranean and don't like the wet weather here. Plus, I think I must be slightly codependent because I tend to smother my plants in fertilizer and water them well and consequently torture and drown plants that prefer arid conditions. I could buy Rosemary at the store I suppose, but it's just not the same! But I'm sure that this would be wonderful if made with rosemary tea and infused oils.