Note from Katie: ‘m excited to welcome my friend Elizabeth (also a mother of five) to share his recipe for solid shampoo (shampoo soap bars). If my homemade natural shampoo does not work for your hair type, this may be the answer. I know you’ll love it as much as I do! Enter Elizabeth …
When I started my journey to give my family a lifestyle free of chemicals I adapted very easily to natural cleaners like homemade soap Laundry and natural purpose cleaners . I drew the line, however, with my own personal hygiene routine.
I have always had oily hair and skin and was not willing to give up my store-bought shampoos and facial washes for fear that natural cleaners will not be able to keep my greasy hair under control. But as I began to see more information about the chemicals in conventional shampoos, I decided it was time to change .
I have also learned that when chemical shampoos strip the natural oils from your hair (which is what I thought I needed) that cause the scalp to produce in an attempt to compensate be stripped in the first place. This surprised me. By removing oil my hair was really worse!
The first time I experimented with the method without poop, but I had disastrous results! He was jealous of the people who were successful with this method, but it certainly was not one of them. So I went back to my “regular” shampoo and went hunting for another option. That’s when I found the solid shampoo. I never would have thought you could use a bar of soap in my hair, but I was excited about the possibility of actually using a soap with foam to clean the hair.
Benefits of solid shampoo
I was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. It took a while for my hair to fully adjust, but I never felt like I was walking around with dirty hair like I did when I was trying to “no-poo.” And because it was no longer strip the hair of all that it is natural oils I was able to shampoo less, which was great news for me since previously there was no leave home without washing her hair.
Another advantage we had was quick showers. As a mother of 5, this was very important to me. Actually I shampoo my hair took the same amount of time, but because I was using a vinegar rinse apple cider as my “conditioner”, which eliminates the long process of letting the whole air and then the time it took to rinse.
Finally, because the shampoo bar is basically a bar of soap, which can be used throughout the body. This also makes it easy to travel with because all you need is your bar of soap and a small bottle of mouthwash and you are good to go!
How to make solid shampoo
The soap is made by combining lye (sodium hydroxide) and the mixture of water with various oils. A chemical reaction occurs and oils are saponified giving soap (no bleach remains.) Each oil used in making soap has a saponification value different meaning that each oil requires a different ratio of bleach to water depending on the amount and type of oil used each.
to calculator soap can help solve this by allowing you to enter the amounts and types of oils you will use and telling you the amount of water and bleach to use.
different oils also have different benefits in making soap. For example, coconut oil makes a hard bar having good cleaning properties while olive oil makes a bar with soft moisturizing benefits. The trick to making soap is to find the right combination of oils to give a perfect balance for your needs. For our shampoo bar that we use:
Coconut oil He makes a good cleaning and soaping, nice hard bar but can be dried so use is recommended no more than 30%.
olive oil He makes a softer bar has wonderful moisturizing properties, but does not give much of a foam. Up to 50% is recommended.
Castor oil : helps stabilize the foam created by other oils. While the use of no more than 10% is recommended because excess castor oil can make your bar sticky feeling, let’s use a little more in this recipe because the properties of foaming really help when work the soap through her hair. I’ve never had a problem with my sticky logging shampoo bar.
fat makes a hard bar with excellent cleaning properties. Use up to 50%. (I issued the fat cow from a cow that had sacrificed to fat. You can replace palm oil in this recipe that has the same benefits as beef tallow. Just be sure to recalculate the ingredients to ensure that your ratio bleach / water is accurate.)
essential oils also a wonderful addition to bars shampoo, but are not necessary. I used a combination of tea tree, rosemary and mint and mint and orange. Both were lovely.
Shampoo Bar Supplies
I have bowls / spoons designated only for making soap because we are working with lye and I do not feel comfortable using these bowls for food.
- glass or high quality plastic mixing for mixing bleach and water (I use a quart. Mason jar)
- pot nonreactive or crockpot for oils that are heated
- candy thermometer (I have two, one for the mixture of bleach and one for oils)
- a mold of soap (I use a bread mold silicone )
- digital scale for precise measurement
- wooden spoon
- gloves and goggles
- white vinegar (good to have on hand to neutralize the lye in case of spills)
- oil 10 oz coconut
- 10 ounces of fat (or oil palm)
- oil 10 ounces olive
- 6 oz castor oil
- 5 ounces of bleach
- 12 ounces of distilled water
- added to trace 1.5oz essential oils (.5 oz each use tea tree, rosemary and mint)
How to make shampoo bars
- use of protective equipment, pour water into the glass container / jar for mixing. In a well-ventilated area, slowly adding bleach to water. (They should be mixed in this order. Do not add water to lye.) This makes the mixture reaches a high temperature, so keep that in mind to protect the surface of your work area. Stir and let stand to allow time for the reaction to take place and for it to cool down. I use candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
- measure all oils (except essential oils) using your digital scale and combined in a nonreactive pot or crock pot and start to slowly warm oils. Ideally, their oils and water / bleach to be about the same temperature when mixed (between 100 and 120 degrees.)
- When temperatures are close, gradually add the mixture of water / lye for their oils. Use a stick blender to begin mixing until you get a trace. One can say that it has reached trail when their mixture is still fluid, but a fall or drizzle soap mixture remains on the surface for a few seconds before falling again. [Just pull your immersion blender (in the off position) up and let some soap drizzle off.]
- Add essential oils if you are using.
- Pour the mixture into the soap mold. * Remember, saponification is not yet complete at this point so you still want to be wearing your gloves / goggles.
- Cover the soap mold with a cardboard box upside down and cover with a towel to keep warm while continuing to saponify and leave for 24 hours. If your home is particularly hot you probably do not need the towel. If it gets too hot you could crack, I do not think it could cause a problem, but the soap will not be as nice.
- without removing gloves, wash all utensils with hot water and soap. You can add a little vinegar to the hot water and soap to help neutralize the lye.
- After 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold and cut. I cut mine about 1 inch thick, because it is a good size. You should get about 12 bars. Place their bars and let them cure in a well ventilated area for about 4-6 weeks and then enjoy!
Using solid shampoo
solid shampoo is widely used as any soap. Wet hair and start rubbing the bar on your hair until you have a nice foam. Now you can massage and spray your hair as if you were using the “real” shampoo. Rinse with water.
Most people have to go with an acid rinse as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water. People with hair dryer can treat up to a 50/50 mixture.
Because I have oily hair that use less stroke. I mix about 1/3 cup ACV in a 20 oz spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. It is more or less a ratio of 1/5. You can also add essential oils that smell wonderful. I use 10 drops each of rosemary and mint.
After you have finished shampooing, simply spray it all over the hair and leave it on. The vinegar smell dissipates as it dries and stay with the lovely scent of essential oils.
Have you ever tried natural shampoo? What worked for you?