I have made Castile soap for years and have shared my method and recipe here.
Now I want to share my shampoo bar recipe. They would make excellent Christmas gifts, but you might like them so much, you will become an instant Scrooge and say, "MINE MINE MINE!"
My FERAL hair still needs conditioner, but Mr. FT, on the other hand, does not use conditioner and doesn't seem to have the wild fly-aways!
Here's a picture of both shampoo bars after a few uses. I have given you the recipe for the white bars.
I love this wonderful calculator Majestic Mountain Sage has on their website. I have purchased supplies from them, but with customs, brokerage fees and shipping, I seem to have lost all my first borns; except for you Eesha.....I kept you cuz you are my favorite first born!! I have a favorite second born too! You know who you are Hammy! Anyways, I think I only have the two?? Nobody's come after me and slapped me with a maternity suit!
But if you live in the States, this is an excellent source for soapers. https://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO FOLLOW SAFE SOAP MAKING PROCEDURE. RUBBER GLOVES, EYE PROTECTION, LONG SLEEVES ARE A MUST!!!!
I mix my lye solution in a glass canning jar placed in my sink. That way if an accident occurs, my drain gets cleaned!
If you decide to make this, do some research into soap making, read all the instructions first and follow very carefully! Soap making can be dangerous!
10 ounces Olive oil
10 ounces Coconut oil
3 ounces Castor Oil
3 ounces Grapeseed Oil
2 ounces Cocoa Butter
2 ounces Shea Butter
1 ounce Beeswax
4.3 ounces lye
5 ounces coconut milk
5 ounces water
.2 ounces Eucalyptus essential oil
.9 ounces lime essential oil
.9 ounces peppermint essential oil
(or whatever oil scent you prefer up to two ounces)
Heat until melted, the oils, butters and wax in a stainless steel pot.
All the pics are from another batch I made using a different recipe.
I added red palm oil to my soap in hopes that it would make me a Sassy Redhead!
Unfortunately, it didn't!
DO NOT ADD ESSENTIAL OILS YET!!
They get added just before you pour your soap into molds.
Cool oils and butters to 110 degrees.
While your oil mix is cooling....
Measure water and coconut milk into a quart canning jar. Place in sink and add 4.3 ounces of lye into the water - coconut milk mix.
NEVER ADD WATER TO LYE: ALWAYS ADD LYE TO WATER!!
I stir this mixture with a wooden skewer a few times throughout the cooling.
Cool lye mixture to 110 degrees.
Pour lye mixture into oil mixture and stir. Get out your hand blender and mix until soap reaches trace. It will become thicker with a pudding like consistency.
You can ADD ESSENTIAL OILS now. Mix thoroughly and pour into a mold.
You can use a plastic container lined with saran wrap, or a wooden box lined with plastic wrap. You can buy soap molds too.
Let sit for a few days, in a warm area, wrapped in a blanket.
It should be very firm now so it can be removed from the mold and cut into bar shape pieces.
Let cure for approximately two weeks. I did a PH test on this batch and within a week it was at 7 which means go ahead and wash that filthy hair of yours! If you are unable to do a PH test, let cure for a good few weeks by putting on a rack to let the air flow around the bar.
After my bars have cured, I put them in shrink wrap, so they are ready for gift giving!
Mr. FT gives this two thumbs up, er maybe that's one shell up!
So take it from this sassy haired turtle, it will be a big hit!!