Pink shampoo bar - Yellow dock for itchy and flaky scalp
The benefits of the root of this plant has been known for centuries and it just seemed logical to me to make a soap that might carry some of the benefits. As Yellow Dock (and Njóli) are known to be very good for skin troubles like eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin I thought it could make a great shampoo bar for people with dry scalp AND it would look pretty as a pink bar. Since I wanted to get as many of the benefits of the herb as possible, I decided to use the infused oil at trace. There is always some discussion going on about weather the benefits of the ingredients survive the lye and some say that the stuff that is added at trace is more likely to be the oils that are left over as superfat in the soap. Well I can't say for sure, but I figured it was worth the try.
I made a shampoo recipe that has less castor oil than my previous shampoo bars. I didn't have any olive oil so I used Sunflower oil which I like. It's rather neutral in my mind. To give the shampoo bar hardness I added some Cocoa Butter. The resulting soap seems to have an acceptable hardness and still be quite moisturizing.
The recipe is for 500 g. of oils / 17.6 oz (the oz are approximate):
Sunflower oil 50% 250g / 8.8 oz
Coconut oil 25% 210g / 4.4 oz
Castor oil 13% 65g / 2.3 oz
Cocoa butter 10% 50g / 1.8 oz
Water 38% 190g / 6.7 oz
Lye 70g / 2.5 oz
Rumex infused olive oil 2% 10g / 0.4 oz. Added at trace
I added the infused oil at trace and the soap turned a beige colour, although it really looked like it desperately wanted to be pink. I was rather disappointed, but since I had used half the amount that I used before I kind of wasn't surprised. But the next morning I looked at this lovely soft pink colour! It resembles the other Rumex soap in that the center is a bit more yellow in colour so I might put them in the freezer next to stop gelling. But I am very happy with the colour. Now I just need to make a third soap with 15 g. of the infused oil and see what that looks like.
I can't wait to try this shampoo in a few weeks. It should be good for hair that isn't particularly dry and hopefully the nice qualities of Rumex will sooth a dry, flaky and itchy scalp.