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Last year, I discovered something that I couldn’t imagine living without. Something that has become my secret weapon in the fight against that evilest of all evil. . . Bad Hair Days.
What is this thing that I’m raving about? Shampoo bars. Oh yes, they’ve become my end-all, be-all for having nicer looking hair than I’ve ever had.
So, since its been awhile since I last shared a soap making recipe with you, I thought I’d share the one for our Lavender Rosemary Shampoo Bars.
The addition of bentonite clay in this recipe makes this soap an excellent travel bar that can be used for hair, shaving, and all over.
All measurements are by weight, not volume.
11 oz olive oil
1 oz lavender essential oil
1 oz rosemary essential oil
17.7 oz coconut oil
16.7 oz palm oil
1 oz shea butter
21.24 oz coconut milk, frozen til slightly slushy
8.5 oz sodium hydroxide (food grade lye)
*For the clays, you generally mix 1 teaspoon of clay with 1 tablespoon of distilled water. So, for the recipe above, you would need 3 tablespoons of water in all. I mix the sea and bentonite clays separately, then divide the soap mixture into three parts. Sea clay is added to one part, bentonite clay to the other, and the third remains a pure, white color. Then, they’re all swirled together for a very pretty design.
** One of the best and least expensive suppliers (and the main I use) of soap making oils and lye is Essential Depot. Before checking out, be sure to visit their Facebook page and check for current promo codes to receive extra discounts.