Shampoo Bar

Shampoo bar

By wellnessmama and Plasma-Laurentides

A shampoo bar is more ecological than liquid shampoo because it doesn’t need a bottle and you can make it entirely of organic ingredients!

  1. Wearing your protective gear, pour water into your glass bowl/jar for mixing. In a well-ventilated area, slowly add 142g lye to 340g LP-CO2.

  2. Measure all oils and combine in a non-reactive pot or Crockpot and begin to slowly warm the oils to 37-43ºC

    1. 283g coconut oil (makes a nice hard bar that cleans and lathers well but has a tendency to dry out; no more than 30%)

    2. 283g oz tallow or palm oil (makes a hard bar with great cleansing properties. Use up to 50%

    3. 283g olive oil (makes a softer bar that has wonderful moisturizing properties, but does not give much of a lather. Up to 50% is recommended)

    4. 170g Castor oil (helps stabilize the lather created by the other oils. While it is recommended to use no more than 10%)

  3. Same temperature for oils and lye-water. Slowly add water/lye mixture to your oils. Use a stick blender to begin mixing until trace is achieved. You can tell when you have reached trace when your mixture is still fluid, but a drop or drizzle of the soap mixture stays on the surface for a few seconds before falling back in.

  4. Add 42g essential oils if you are using them.

  5. Pour the mixture into your soap mold. Cover your soap mold with an upside down cardboard box and cover with a towel to keep it warm for 24 hours. If your home is particularly warm you may not need the towel. If it gets too warm it could crack which I don’t think would cause a problem but your soap won’t be as pretty.

  6. Remove your soap from the mold and slice it. I cut mine about 1 inch thick as this is a nice size. You should get about 12 bars. Stand your bars up and let them cure in a well-ventilated area for about 4-6 weeks and then enjoy!

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