Saturday, February 2, 2013

Trying a new recipe - Shampoo Bar


I have a stack of soap recipes I’ve collected, and I want to try every single one at some point. However, the stack is growing faster then I can experiment.


This weekend, however, I decided to try one that I found recently. It is a shampoo bar recipe that Genny from The Naughter Soaper posted. It intrigued me because it doesn't contain any coconut oil or palm oil, and contains a good amount of conditioning oils including avocado oil and shea butter….it looks like a really nice recipe, and not just for shampoo! Genny posted that while other shampoo bars left her hair feeling dried out and straw-like, this bar felt quite conditioning and left her hair feeling silky and smooth.  I'm really looking forward to trying this shampoo bar once it cures:
 

Thank you so much to Genny for generously allowing me to share the recipe here:
 
Avocado Oil 30%
Castor Oil 10%
Olive Oil 40%
Shea Butter 10%
Soybean Oil 10%


Notes: I had all the oils except for the soybean oil, so I used sunflower oil instead. She infused her oils with chamomile, which would be lovely. I did add 1 tbsp ppo of sugar to the lye water for increased bubbles, as she suggested. I also added some sodium lactate to make unmolding and cutting easier.

Update May 2013: For a fun twist on this Shampoo Soap Recipe, see this post: http://oilandbutter.blogspot.ca/2013/05/2-in-1-shampoo-soap-and-body-bar.html

Oh, and just for fun…I got this adorable little mold the other day - how cute it it?!


I had a hard time deciding whether to use it for chocolate or soap....but as you can see, the soap won. Hello cute little 1-pound loaf of soap with a pan of mini cupcakes on top!

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  1. I use a very similar recipe that I developed myself. A bit more olive oil and cocoa butter instead of shea, but same general idea - conditioning over cleansing. I never would have thought that it would work as I have very oily hair/skin, but it really does. First started on this train of thought when I used one of my castile soaps on my hair and it worked beautifully. A bit more tweaking and a few more oils and a butter and I settled on something I'm really happy with. Hope yours works out well for you!

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    1. That's so interesting Deirdre, that is exactly what she was going for too with this recipe...conditioning over cleansing. It's really encouraging to hear that your recipe is working so well for you, it sounds like a nice recipe with the cocoa butter!

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  2. Haven´t heard before of a shampoo bar without coconut oil. My problem with shampoo bars is that most of them make my hair very oily just after a few hours. Maybe it is because I have typical Finnish hair that is very fine and almost like glass. But I could try a shampoo like that one. If it does not work for the hair, I can always use it as an ordinary soap.

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    1. That's what I thought too Marika, if it doesn't work out for shampoo, it still sounds like a lovely bar! I'm at a disadvantage for comparing, because I've never made or tried a shampoo bar before. I would love it if you get a chance to try this and then compare it to others you have used before.

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    2. Oh, and next on my list to try is the conditioner recipe you posted! I ordered BTMS a long time ago to try your recipe and then forgot about it!

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  3. Such interesting recipe! Apart from 100% olive oil and recipes without palm oil I’ve never tried something similar. This is really interesting and definitely worth trying. Your soap turned out really grate, I hardly wait to see it cut!

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    1. Thanks Gordana, I haven't tried a soap either without palm and coconut oil, so that's really what piqued my interest...will be interesting for sure!

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  4. Oh, what a lovely creamy soap and the recipe is a novelty for me.
    Looking forward to see your impressions about it.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Wish you a lovely Sunday Day!
    Claudia.

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    1. Thanks so much Claudia, and a happy Sunday to you too!

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  5. Interesting! I have so far made soap shampoos only by request, and although I did use both avocado and olive oil, I couldn't think of a soap shampoo without coconut. Not only because of the cleansing properties, but somehow, most of the people expect to see bubbles from a shampoo no matter in what shape or form it comes. I confess, I haven't tried it myself (I am quite lazy), but I am eager to know results form this experiment of yours. Please, keep us posted with your impressions!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Ksenija, I never thought to make a soap without some kind of bubbling oil like coconut or babassu or PKO, so I'm really curious to see how this lathers. Hopefully the combo of castor oil and sugar will be enough!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Genny's shampoo bar recipe, Cee Gee! I have been meaning to make shampoo bars myself, but I was worried that my hair would just get straw-like, too. I have very fine, fly-away hair. I may have to give this recipe a try someday. And the cupcake soap is so cute!

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    1. That's exactly what I'm concerned about too Jenny! My hair is very finicky, but I'm willing to try it! I'll try to remember to update after the soap has matured and I have a chance to try it out.

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  7. Wow, that sounds very interesting. This shampoo bar I would also like to test. My hair is very long and need care.
    LG Doreen

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    1. If you get a chance to try it, I would love to hear what you think of it Doreen!

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  8. Thanks so much for the recipe....never even thought of a shampoo bar til now. Might try this after I try salt bars (as soon as my slab mold gets here....nice little birthday gift from hubby)! So many soap projects and so little time LOL! Love your little loaf with the cupcakes...soooo adorable!

    Blessings,
    Gloria

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    1. Oooh, how exciting...a new mold, very thoughtful of hubby (and happy birthday)! I'm loving the soaps you've made so far, can't wait to see what you make with your new mold!

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  9. Wow, the shampoo batch looks really creamy! Please update after you've used it. Shampoo bars are about the only thing I'm hesitant to make because my hair is very fine and gets oily. The mini loaf is adorable...love the little cupcakes! :)

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    1. Thanks Kalla! I have been very hesitant about shampoo bars for the same reason...it will be very interesting to see how this one is to use. I've never used a shampoo bar before, so I'm not quite sure what to expect!

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  10. Here it is another one who has never tried a shampoo bar,neither used,nor made. I'm still thinking like an average buyer-prefer to have bubbles, the more bubbles,the nicer shower. But,I'm going to try some conditioning recipe, just for myself,I'm eager to know what difference it will bring.
    I've tried o.o. plus castor(6-7%) only and the soap had nice lather (not that rich as coconut gives), so I think that 10% of castor in yours will do just fine. If not for your hair, it will be great for your face.

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    1. Excellent point Maja, this would make a very nice facial bar too...I never though of that! It will be interesting to see the difference in lather with this one, I do prefer more bubbles too.

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  11. I love bar soap shampoo, but I have found that the first time you try it that it takes about 2 days of using the soap for your hair to be really soft and shiny. The first day your hair may be straw-like or oily, but after that my hair looks thick and shiny.

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip Sarah...I was wondering about an adjustment period, I'll try to stick it out!

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  12. I have been meaning for months to make shampoo bars myself, but never got so far .. lazy me... But i am really curious to try out this recipe, Cee, thank you for posting. And, let us also know your impressions when using it. I still have a hope to make my own shampoo bar :)

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    1. You're welcome Nat, I hope you get a chance to try making a shampoo bar soon. Maybe a shampoo bar swap would be fun?!

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    2. With pleasure, Cee!
      I ave made today my shampoo based on this recipe, can't wait to use it!I will post it soon! Thaks again for sharing!

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    3. Really looking forward to hearing about your results Nat! :)

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  13. OMG, I love that cute little mold, it's adorable! =)

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    1. Thanks Anne-Marie, I couldn't resist it!!!

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  14. I'm really curious...have you tried it yet???? How did it go if you did? I'm looking to try a shampoo bar recipe very soon and I'm trying to figure out which one to use, and this one seems to have great promise! :)

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    1. Hi Julie, I'm so sorry I missed your post! I haven't tried it yet because I have highlight colors in my hair, and I've read mixed reviews about using bars on color-treated hair. However, both my husband and dad have tried it and LOVE it...I do use it as a body bar, and it's a very gentle but rich feeling soap.

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  15. I was looking for something just like this! I am going to give it a whirl today! i wanted to find out if you would know if i can turn this into a hot process rather than a cold process shampoo bar? I am to impatient to wait the needed 4-6 (or even more) to give them a try! I very much appreciate your input!

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    1. Hi there - you could definitely hot process this bar, I have wanted to do that but just haven't gotten around to it yet! Although HP soap can be used right away, I still like to give my HP soaps at least a 2-week cure/hardening period, I find they last longer that way. Good luck and thanks for commenting, I'd love to hear how your HP shampoo soap turns out! :)

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  16. I am soooo glad to hear! This will be happening this evening! Can i turn any cold process into hot process?

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  17. Yes, absolutely, any CP recipe can be HP'd...I do however use the full amount of liquid recommended so the HP stays as fluid/smooth as possible. If you have sodium lactate, that really helps to keep the HP soap more fluid too!

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  18. Made my first shampoo bar tonight, HP. OMG, I don't think I'll ever buy shampoo again! I also went for conditioning; I have baby fine hair that tends to be dry (and blonde) Here is the recipe I used:
    1.5 oz canola
    4 oz. castor
    1/2 oz cocoa butter
    8 oz coconut oil
    1 oz hempseed oil
    5.5 oz olive oil
    1 oz unrefined shea butter
    3.092 oz lye (at 5%)
    7.26 oz water

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    1. Hey Angie, thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I agree that HP would make these shampoo bars soooo nice, and I love that you used cocoa butter and hempseed oil too...will definitely try this!

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  19. Hi there, I've never made soap or shampoo bars before, just cold cream and moisturisers, but this looks very tempting. I was wondering about the amount of lye water required. How much do I use?

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    1. Hi Suna, the amount of lye water required would depend on how big your recipe is, whether you made a 1-pound, 2-pound or 3-pound batch, etc.

      If you give me an idea of what size of batch you would like to make, I can walk you through how to calculate the lye and water amounts. You can email me privately through the mail link above on the left side of this page :)

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  21. I have made myself 8 different recipes for a shampoo bar and have not found a perfect recipe yet, I think I might give this one a try. I love my shampoo bars and would not go back to commercial shampoo,,,ever! I do use an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after rinsing out the shampoo bar, then after rinsing out the ACV I use a reg. conditioner and my hair is so shiny. It did take a while for my hair to get used to a shampoo bar. I would think this shampoo would be gentle enough for colored hair. What did you use for a superfat? Margo

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  22. I stmbled upon this post via Pinterest and wondered how you liked this shampoo bar!? Was it too conditioning, or did it perform ok? Did you use vinegar rinse? Please, share your impressions!

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